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Repatriating a Swiss based German registered car

My brother lived in Germany and bought a 1992 Audi S2 in 2005. In 2009 he took the car back with him to the UK and put it into storage. In 2017 he emigrated to Australia and brought the car to me in CH with a view to me selling it.

The car has low mileage, looks beautiful and runs perfectly (it has been turned over regularly).

Next year the car will be 30 years old and classed as a veteran and I'd like to sell it, preferably in Germany as it still has all the German papers and plates.

Has anyone any experience or advice on how to go about doing this? Any pitfalls or things to consider?

How can I go about getting a TUV as a Swiss resident? Can I just take the car by trailer to a TUV station in Germany and get it tested?

Many thanks!
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Just sell it as is.

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Are you saying the car is still registered in Germany and you have paid tax since 2009? I would suspect that amy German registration has expired, so you might as well just sell it here as Tom said. TüV as far as I know needs to see a German residence.
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Car has been in storage since 2009 (8 years in UK, 4 years in CH) still registered in Germany but no tax nor TUV since 2008.
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Re: Repatriating a Swiss based German registered car

Car can not be registered (i.e. permit to drive on public roads) without third party liability insurance. Registration will result in tax. If you have neither paid tax nor insurance, I am quite sure the car is not registered even if you still have old plates on it.
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Car can not be registered (i.e. permit to drive on public roads) without third party liability insurance. Registration will result in tax. If you have neither paid tax nor insurance, I am quite sure the car is not registered even if you still have old plates on it.
Of course it's still registered. Not legal to drive as is, but only if you report it as permanently exported or scrapped will it cease to be registered.

The registration is not in itself a permit to drive on public roads as you suggest.
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Of course it's still registered. Not legal to drive as is, but only if you report it as permanently exported or scrapped will it cease to be registered.
Maybe in Germany, but in Switzerland if it's not insured, it's not registered, and if you keep the plates, you owe the insurance company until you hand them in.

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Of course it's still registered. Not legal to drive as is, but only if you report it as permanently exported or scrapped will it cease to be registered.

The registration is not in itself a permit to drive on public roads as you suggest.
I meant registered as in "zugelassen", i.e. plates, insurance, permit to drive. I am not aware what other registration there is.
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