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Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

Hello,

I am looking to get a car (BMW for around 30kCHF) and have found a couple of interesting objects - one of which is an imported vehicle.
I have now idea how to compare the prices taking into account any impact on the re-sell value - could 10% lower price for an imported car be an accurate assumption?

I am aware of the free service on swiss-sold cars, but at the time of re-selling this would be out of scope due to mileage.

Grateful for any input on the matter.

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Old 25.08.2021, 19:25
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Re: Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

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Old 25.08.2021, 19:27
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Re: Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

Depends. The longer you plan to keep it, the less does it matter. If you sell a one year old car worth a lot will buyers be picky about that sort of thing. If you sell it once it hits over 150k km will any buyer be much more looking at the condition of the car... I had an imported Audi before from a Swiss dealer who specialized in grey importing newish cars from Germany. I cannot say this was an issue selling it or affected the price at all...
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Depends in my view where imported from. If it is under 100k km and does not have the Swiss warranty incl. service until 100k, that is a big argument for a lower price. If it is above 100k, probably the difference gets small. Assuming impeccable service history.

Edit: I realize you would be re-selling way down the road. But the time of capitalizing on the warranty issue, if any, is now when buying.

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Re: Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

I would carefully check the option list as, for example, Germans tend to order bigger cars with less options and Swiss a smaller car with (almost) full options.
For example, not easy to sell a 5 series without leather.
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For example, not easy to sell a 5 series without leather.
I would not buy a 1 series without leather.
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Re: Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

Can someone explain why a properly imported car from say Germany (with high quality standards and checks) will depreciate any faster than a Swiss sold car ?
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Can someone explain why a properly imported car from say Germany (with high quality standards and checks) will depreciate any faster than a Swiss sold car ?
There is a certain percentage of Swiss consumers who are convinced that bananas bought in a Swiss super market are by definition superior to French or German bought bananas. Same applies to Skodas...
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There is a certain percentage of Swiss consumers who are convinced that bananas bought in a Swiss super market are by definition superior to French or German bought bananas. Same applies to Skodas...
Not helped by the "Schweizer qualität" product slapped on everything made here which helps perpetuate that myth.
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Re: Value of imported car vs. swiss-sold

If you can buy a delivery milage car with 20-40% off Swiss price you will not do badly, 4 years down the road you might get a slightly lower trade in, however they would say it was the wrong colour & pay less for a 'Swiss' car.

Once the car is 8 year old nobody would never even ask.

The only real issue is if the car came from Japan or the UK & is RHD.

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Not helped by the "Schweizer qualität" product slapped on everything made here which helps perpetuate that myth.
Haven't seen that on bananas yet though
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Can someone explain why a properly imported car from say Germany (with high quality standards and checks) will depreciate any faster than a Swiss sold car ?
Doesn't have the same options/

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