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tow bar fitting and MFK requirement

The dealer told me that adding a tow bar is a modification that requires a fresh MFK


In the vehicle's registration certificate, box 31, the towing capacity, it just has ****** instead of a number so I assume they will give me a new certificate with the correct value for the vehicle (2000kg) after the MFK


The dealer specifically told me that I should have the fitting done by a garage in Switzerland, he thinks I will have problems with the MFK if somebody does it in another country. Does anybody know what this means in practice? Do I have to present a copy of the receipt or engineer's certificate or anything else for the MFK?


He told me I can choose any after-market tow kit for the vehicle, I can buy it anywhere and bring it to him and the the labour is about CHF 400. I suspect the same job in Germany or France is less than half that price. It is about 2-3 hours work for somebody who knows the vehicle well.
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The dealer told me that adding a tow bar is a modification that requires a fresh MFK


In the vehicle's registration certificate, box 31, the towing capacity, it just has ****** instead of a number so I assume they will give me a new certificate with the correct value for the vehicle (2000kg) after the MFK


The dealer specifically told me that I should have the fitting done by a garage in Switzerland, he thinks I will have problems with the MFK if somebody does it in another country. Does anybody know what this means in practice? Do I have to present a copy of the receipt or engineer's certificate or anything else for the MFK?


He told me I can choose any after-market tow kit for the vehicle, I can buy it anywhere and bring it to him and the the labour is about CHF 400. I suspect the same job in Germany or France is less than half that price. It is about 2-3 hours work for somebody who knows the vehicle well.
No its just another attempt to trick expats into Swiss rip offs for garage work. I had mine fitted in the UK and then got it controlled out here after. No one asked for Any paperwork . All they did was test the strength of the tow bar And look underneath the vehicle took about 20 minutes.
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Re: tow bar fitting and MFK requirement

My experience (Vaud) was similar - but even quicker, less than 10 mins in and out!
I bought the OEM after market kit. When I went to the test station I showed that I purchased an OEM part (in Germany).
The tester quickly looked at the fitting (a simple bolt and plug job) and then just re-issued the carte gris with the new details included (payment slip follows of course!)
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Re: tow bar fitting and MFK requirement

Basically the MFK outsource it to authorised garages - so there are two (or maybe three) options.

1. Get the towbar fitted at an authorised garage

2. Get the towbar fitted somewhere else (or do it yourself), and then get it checked by an authorised garage

3. (maybe?) as above but the MFK check it?? not sure if this is an option

I did 1. because in the end it worked out to be less hassle and they gave me a decent offer as part of a full service that I needed anyway.

Very few garages in my area are authorised to do the check, which was surprising but apparently it's a PITA for them to keep the certification.
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