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Servicing/repairing your car in Germany

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For those of you who live in Zurich, do you guys normally service or repair your car in Switzerland or Germany?

I am moving to Zurich from the UK and will be driving my 2017 BMW M5 (in the next few days) and thinking of using it for six months or so (before driving it back to the UK and selling it). I don't think that I would be keeping it or registering it--I'd rather get a LHD car.

So, may I know if you guys would normally service/repair your car in Germany or Switzerland? Is it worth getting it done in Germany? Is it that much cheaper?

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Re: Servicing/repairing your car in Germany

Yes.

Simple real life example for Porsche: hourly rate at a main dealer in central Switzerland is 250 CHF, at my dealer in Germany its 150 EUR.

Given how much work an M5 is...

Top tip: German brands offer "airport service" from all major airports. So if you need to fly somewhere, drive to Stuttgart, hand over your car, get it serviced while away and get it back on return. So you dont just save on the servicing costs but also the airport parking fees are zero.
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If it’s not too late already, get it serviced before you come over.
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Is it essential that it's serviced/repaired within the next six months?
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Is it essential that it's serviced/repaired within the next six months?
I'd say: fairly likely.
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Yes.

Simple real life example for Porsche: hourly rate at a main dealer in central Switzerland is 250 CHF, at my dealer in Germany its 150 EUR.

Given how much work an M5 is...

Top tip: German brands offer "airport service" from all major airports. So if you need to fly somewhere, drive to Stuttgart, hand over your car, get it serviced while away and get it back on return. So you dont just save on the servicing costs but also the airport parking fees are zero.
Thank you for the tip.

In that case, I might as well get it done in Stuttgart then.

Also, since you mentioned Porsche , I am thinking of selling the M5 and get a 991.2--do you think it is worth importing from Germany or just find one in Switzerland? I mean, the options are quite limited in Switzerland.
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If it’s not too late already, get it serviced before you come over.
Technically, I could, but it's not due until around Dec/Jan 2022. I don't see the point of doing it six, seven months early.
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Thank you for the tip.

In that case, I might as well get it done in Stuttgart then.

Also, since you mentioned Porsche , I am thinking of selling the M5 and get a 991.2--do you think it is worth importing from Germany or just find one in Switzerland? I mean, the options are quite limited in Switzerland.
As long as you want a silver, white or black one, there's plenty of choice in Switzerland
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As long as you want a silver, white or black one, there's plenty of choice in Switzerland
There’s a green one here:
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Also, since you mentioned Porsche , I am thinking of selling the M5 and get a 991.2--do you think it is worth importing from Germany or just find one in Switzerland? I mean, the options are quite limited in Switzerland.
No point to import from Germany. The offer in Switzerland is typically pretty good in both choice, price and when it comes to rarer models also availability. Swiss cars are usually very well specced. Anyone who knows the price lists at Porsche knows just how much that stuff can be when new... all those extras are essentially for free in a used car... so the deals around here are better than in most places. Given Swiss repair costs would I suggest to go with one which comes with "Porsche approved" warranty.
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Re: Servicing/repairing your car in Germany

Assuming you are also talking about servicing the car once you are in Zurich: when I service my car in Italy, beside being cheaper in the first place, I also don't pay VAT - so it is even cheaper (not sure if the same applies in Germany but I'd think so).
Of course don't forget to pay the Swiss VAT, but that it lower (and costs of liquids are excluded) and sometimes you just get it under the limit and pay nothing
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The green one inside is a GT3 RS, has been there for 2 years or so hahaha

Technically a 911 II, but I guess most people have another thing in mind when talking a used 911 II
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No point to import from Germany. The offer in Switzerland is typically pretty good in both choice, price and when it comes to rarer models also availability. Swiss cars are usually very well specced. Anyone who knows the price lists at Porsche knows just how much that stuff can be when new... all those extras are essentially for free in a used car... so the deals around here are better than in most places. Given Swiss repair costs would I suggest to go with one which comes with "Porsche approved" warranty.
In that case, I agree with you. Thank you.
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Re: Servicing/repairing your car in Germany

Haha, too exotic for me. I'm simply looking for C2S or C4S--not yet ready to own a GT3, LOL
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Haha, too exotic for me. I'm simply looking for C2S or C4S--not yet ready to own a GT3, LOL
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Assuming you are also talking about servicing the car once you are in Zurich: when I service my car in Italy, beside being cheaper in the first place, I also don't pay VAT - so it is even cheaper (not sure if the same applies in Germany but I'd think so).
Of course don't forget to pay the Swiss VAT, but that it lower (and costs of liquids are excluded) and sometimes you just get it under the limit and pay nothing
How does this exactly work of not paying VAT? Do you have to claim it back at customs?
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How does this exactly work of not paying VAT? Do you have to claim it back at customs?
Can talk only for Italy specifically: I just don't pay VAT in the first place at the garage and don't have to do anything else. I think this happens because (differently from a laptop for example) the car has non-EU plates, so the fact that you will export the goods (i.e. the car) is just assumed to be true and does not need to be proven.

The invoice just says "because of law xxxx, VAT is excluded because plates are non EU". Worth checking with the specific garage if they know how to do that (and if it is the same in Germany) - but those on the border usually do as they are used to Swiss cars
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