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Importing car from UK

Hi, I plan to import my used 5 year old VW Golf to Vaud. I wanted to know if the car would fail the vehicle inspection test because the driving seat is on the right side instead of left. Also, how stringent are the inspection checks. My car has never failed any MOT's in the UK, so I guess it should be fine, but is there anything in particular that they check here which could pose a problem? I called up the vaud vehicle department, and they mentioned something about lumiere(I did not understand it fully as I do not speak french).
Is there anything regarding lights that I should be taking care? Has anybody else imported a similar car to Swiss?
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Re: Importing car from UK

They are telling you to make sure your head lights are adjusted for driving on the left, otherwise you will blind oncoming traffic. Anyway you shouldn't have to worry about any tests for at least a year.. since thats how long you can keep it on GB plates.
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Re: Importing car from UK

You will possibly need new headlights and the fog light moved to the other side.

Even a single drop of oil or a dirty engine can mean you fail the inspection.

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Old 21.11.2008, 13:21
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Re: Importing car from UK

I had one of my english cars here for one year since I work between both countries at times and I recently drove it back to the uk, the only thing the Cantonal Police told me was to observe the laws ie.speed limit and makes sure you have proper light deflectors for night time driving also make sure you have the correct accesories for your car

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Re: Importing car from UK

Appreciate all your replies. Thankyou.
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Re: Importing car from UK

There seems to be mixed feedback with regards to the speedometer. Maybe it's just that they prefer km/h to be the predominate (or only reading) on the speedometer. Can anyone else comment if they've been forced to change it. I've seen US imported cars had their speedo converted, but that's probably because they're not going back.

If the Golf has a single fog and/or reverse light then you may have to get them switched. With the main lights I'm not sure how difficult it is to permanently (or long term) convert them. My mate's Vauxhall Signum had a switch to dip the lights to the other side when driving on the continent--that would be nice. Maybe it'll pass the test with beam deflectors (??) as I heard that was possible in a UK MOT. Apparantly my Alfa 147 requires whole new light clusters for conversion if I'd import into the UK... I'd be down to the breakers yard or eBay before buying any new ones.

Also how long have you owned the car? You say it's five years old, but that doesn't mean you've owner it that long. If it's less than a year then you're liable to pay VAT on it on import.

Anyway, as the post says above, you have a year to drive on UK plates. I would do that and just suss up the situation. You might find that you want to sell your Golf and buy an Alfa instead
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Re: Importing car from UK

Even when you have done the work required for the test such a lights and speedo, together with anything the examiner may find (there are some good threads on that), the car will always be a challenge in car parks and tolls, and you may find insurance premiums higher due to it being a right hooker, and it will have almost zero resale value here.

Unless your especially attached to the car, or are not planing to be here long term I would suggest selling it in the UK and buying another one here. You will find cars generally cheaper here than in the UK so your can get more for your money, or a similar car for less, and it will save you the impot/testing/reg' hassle.
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Re: Importing car from UK

I have importen my C5 and didn't have to pay anything at the Zoll as I owned the car for more the 6 months.
I have test scheduled for next month and will let you know how it went.
I have changed my headlights as I didn't have a switch to dip them.

However, I found that selling the car at the moment would be hard and with the money you would get for your car in UK you wouldn't be able to by car of the same value here even with the extra money you might have to spend on the car in order to get swiss plates.

As for inconvinience of RHD car in Europe I am very used to it so that is not a problem.

It would be a good thing to have a list of things your car require to pass a test....

Does anyone know what happens if the car doesn't pass the first test? Do you need to reschedule another test or you cannot do it again at all?
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Re: Importing car from UK

Additionally you need to get the engine bay steam cleaned and you need to have a exhaust test before you go for the mot. Additionally you will need to have the paperwork from customs to import the car, which you should have declared when you entered the country. You will also need a copy of your residence permit. If the car has been regularly services then fine, for example we had an old polo which hadnt been serviced for a couple of years and they failed the car because the brake fluid was too dark, ie it hadn`t been changed for a coupe of years amongst other things. The test appears to be stricter than an mot in the UK, but it does last for two years. You have one year to import the car from when you entered Switzerland.
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My car has never failed any MOT's in the UK, so I guess it should be fine, but is there anything in particular that they check here which could pose a problem?
It'll cost money to get things sorted out but then you have to ask yourself if the car is worth it. The bigger hassles you'll have with a right hand drive car in a left hand drive country would be overtaking with oncoming traffic as you can't properly see what's coming in the opposite direction. Entering and leaving car parks will be fun to watch as you have to unbuckle your seatbelt and climb over to the passenger window in order to insert your ticket into the barrier machine.
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Does anyone know what happens if the car doesn't pass the first test? Do you need to reschedule another test or you cannot do it again at all?
You can book another time after the repairs are done. You keep going until you pass. Our car went 3 times. Failed first time for the lights, then an oil leak.

Just don't leave it too long so that your registration expires. Going to collect temporary plates was a real pain in the ar*e.
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Re: Importing car from UK

Did you have to pay every time you went through the test?

How much?

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Did you have to pay every time you went through the test?

How much?

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Yes the test fee applies every time. Plus the rental for the temporary plates to drive there. Not to mention your time.
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Re: Importing car from UK

Hi pg2007 -
you could check also another thread in 'Transportation and Driving' -
Keeping car on UK plates after importing it .

Personally I have done some research on that subject, as I will import (although temporarily) a car which will not be owned by me for more than 6 months. I got a lot of input from EF members as well.
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Re: Importing car from UK

Papa Goose says:
"I would suggest selling it in the UK and buying another one here. You will find cars generally cheaper here than in the UK so your can get more for your money, or a similar car for less."
With all respect I cannot agree...
Yesterday I found on internet (private adverts webpage, in French) a Renault Clio exactly like mine, even the mileage (or shall I say kilometerage...) was exactly the same. Mine would cost here maximum £2400, less if advertised private. The Swiss Clio costs (at yesterday exchange rate) a mere £5,500. I am talking about a nearly 8 years old car.
No wonder that several EF members advised that it is cheaper to import from Germany or France and pay the duty.
That's why I am taking with me an UK car for a trial period and then I shall see.
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Re: Importing car from UK

We imported our car from the Uk. The most expensive bit was changing the headlight cluster. Everything else was fine as far as canton Bern was concerned. We decided to import it despite the cost of replacing the headlights because it is a still good car and would cost us far more to replace with a similar car over here.
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Re: Importing car from UK

Hi,

Did you pass the test without any problems or have they been very picky?

I heard that the car must be perfectly clean: inside, outside and even underneath!!!
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Did you pass the test without any problems or have they been very picky?

I heard that the car must be perfectly clean: inside, outside and even underneath!!!
Our car failed for a drop of oil. The inspector called my husband over and he pointed at it and said "she should be on the inside".

We had the seal fixed and it passed next time.
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Re: Importing car from UK

It was a thorough examination but they weren't terribly picky about things such as how clean the inside was though the car was not by any means a moving landfill. They looked under the car and checked to make sure all the joints and tubing etc were working properly without any signs of leakage. We passed after we got our light fixtures changed which was the main thing and the costliest.
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Re: Importing car from UK

Hi

Just to let you know that we passed the test without any problems. Our car is only 2 years old, for this reason they have not been very picky. They told us that in Switzerland there is no test for a car less than 3 years old.

We have our Swiss number plate now.
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