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What does mean Direkt-/Parallelimport for used cars?

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I'm consider to buy an used car in CH, but register and use it within EU. If I see in offer description "Direkt-/Parallelimport" does it mean it has EU papers and can be registered in EU without any fees? For registering in CH I would need to pay toll fees.

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Re: What does mean Direkt-/Parallelimport for used cars?

It means that it doesn't have the service package that is included for many new cars here that are sold via the dealer.


Some think also that it is not built on the special Swiss production line that ensures awesome quality
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Re: What does mean Direkt-/Parallelimport for used cars?

It means it's imported from the EU not through the official distributor (i.e. AMAG for volkswagen) but directly by someone or an indipendent car dealer.
It's already imported and went through customs so if you re-export I expect you have to go through the reverse process regarding customs. EU papers are usually canceled after you register the car here.
Anyhow, I would ask the car dealer directly since he's in this parallel import/export business.
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It means it's imported from the EU not through the official distributor (i.e. AMAG for volkswagen) but directly by someone or an indipendent car dealer.
It's already imported and went through customs so if you re-export I expect you have to go through the reverse process regarding customs. EU papers are usually canceled after you register the car here.
Anyhow, I would ask the car dealer directly since he's in this parallel import/export business.
I did read explanation of "Direkt-/Parallelimport" at mobile.ch. For me it looks like the car has been not fully imported. Buyer needs to pay 4% (used car) tax, 7.8% swiss VAT and maybe some other fees.
So, it is not fully swiss car, in custom sense
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I did read explanation of "Direkt-/Parallelimport" at mobile.ch.
If I go to mobile.ch I get forwarded to mobile.de, a German website. How is this relevant for the Swiss?

As others have said, a car advertised as Direkt-/Parallelimport has been imported by someone else than the official dealer. It will have foreign trim/naming and no free service from Swiss dealerships. A car which is advertised as such on Swiss website has all Swiss taxes and duty paid.

The Direktimport can be done by you. If you wish. But than you have to look on foreign websites and dealers, and do a the legwork and import procedure yourself.

If you are a Swiss resident you cannot simply use a foreign car in Switzerland. It would be a tax and duty violation. If caught, and you have not customs approval (explicit or implicit) to use a foreign car you might have to pay a fine of up to 60% of the cars value.
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If I go to mobile.ch I get forwarded to mobile.de, a German website. How is this relevant for the Swiss?
Sorry, my mistake. I did confound mobile.ch and autoscout24.ch. The right link is:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/c/d/in...risiken?a=1297

But the content is the same: buyer needs to pay duties.
A sample of such a car:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/vw-c...?vehid=7948830

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If you are a Swiss resident you cannot simply use a foreign car in Switzerland. It would be a tax and duty violation.
I need a car with EU registration and will use it outside of CH. And I consider to buy such a car in CH, but without paid CH-duties. For my understanding such a car belongs to EU custom zone and can be registered in EU.
But probably such cars are rare.

Some expats from EU get 1- or 2-years permit for their "household" cars. What they are doing after? Selling it in EU? Or in CH?
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Sorry, my mistake. I did confound mobile.ch and autoscout24.ch. The right link is:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/c/d/in...risiken?a=1297

But the content is the same: buyer needs to pay duties.
A sample of such a car:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/vw-c...?vehid=7948830



I need a car with EU registration and will use it outside of CH. And I consider to buy such a car in CH, but without paid CH-duties. For my understanding such a car belongs to EU custom zone and can be registered in EU.
But probably such cars are rare.

Some expats from EU get 1- or 2-years permit for their "household" cars. What they are doing after? Selling it in EU? Or in CH?
That car comes with an MFK, it's a second hand car, I am sure the duties were paid when it was imported when new.
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Sorry, my mistake. I did confound mobile.ch and autoscout24.ch. The right link is:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/c/d/in...risiken?a=1297

But the content is the same: buyer needs to pay duties.
A sample of such a car:

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/vw-c...?vehid=7948830
The person importing it has to pay VAT and duty, NOT the buyer.

The example you show has already been imported, so no VAT or duties to pay.

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Some expats from EU get 1- or 2-years permit for their "household" cars. What they are doing after? Selling it in EU? Or in CH?
If the car is newer than 6 months you cannot import it for free as household goods, you can delay by requesting a 2 year permit after which either you pay the duties or put it in the EU again. This makes sense for people whose stay in CH is short.
For all the others the car is imported with household goods immediately. Registration can wait up to 1 year but the car is already imported and duties paid.
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Re: What does mean Direkt-/Parallelimport for used cars?

Buy the car in the EU, if you intent to register it there anyway.


Anything else is pointless IMO, unless you get a deal to good to pass over (which I'd highly doubt).
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