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unfortunately the speedometer is only in miles! I will just have to find a replacement part to do the trick and find someone competent enough to swap it out. I dont want to be caught out doing the wrong speeds. wrong country to try that in

They looked familiar alright. I saw this place a few times on the way from Zurich to Flumserberg. Thanks for the tips on that. What was the cost of the Xenon washers?

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Old 14.07.2014, 16:25
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unfortunately the speedometer is only in miles! I will just have to find a replacement part to do the trick and find someone competent enough to swap it out. I dont want to be caught out doing the wrong speeds. wrong country to try that in

They looked familiar alright. I saw this place a few times on the way from Zurich to Flumserberg. Thanks for the tips on that. What was the cost of the Xenon washers?

they are nothing special, I would assume pennies, but he said they took 2 hours to fit, so that's where the cost is going to be
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Its a 2011 Cayenne - dont think those dials will do the trick... but at least I know they exist! Thats great. Concerned about after market Xenon light washers... Since the same model is sold here I presume cert of conformity should be OK. It will be an adventure in any case, as everything here is...
Dual dials are fine. Been there done that. Newer 911's in fact show mph on the speedo but can show either kmh or mph on the digital display and that's fine. Buddy brought a 2013 911 4s and did not have to change a thing.
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there is tons of threads so read them. it will be MUCH more than 250 chf. take around 15-21% in the end just for import cost (except freight from USA to here) all this unless you had it for more than 6 months.... but again read up on the different threads here and you will find out
This is not correct. If you've owned the car in the USA for less than 6 months, you will need to pay automobile duty of 4% and VAT of 8%. However, it looks like you can subtract the tax you paid in the USA from the VAT charge. For me (a California resident) this will essentially remove all VAT owed in Switzerland.

So I'm left with 4% plus the cost of shipping and testing, registering. Really not that bad.

Particularly considering my car (a 2015 BMW M4) is 35,000 USD *more* in Switzerland than I purchased it for in the US.
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Re: car import from USA

Sorry for reviving this topic, maybe its a stupid question, but its possible to go to USA, buy a car there, drive it for holidays, and at the end of the holidays import it to Switzerland?

The reason behind it, is that some cars as some said, are quite cheap there than in here, quite significantly, for example the Dodge Challenger cost around 7k there, and in switzerland 20k or more....
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Old 19.10.2017, 23:33
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Re: car import from USA

anything is possible.

you'd need to pay to ship it, pay import tax and get it through the MFK. buy one from Denmark instead. closer and easier. i hear its the in thing at the moment.
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Old 20.10.2017, 19:01
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anything is possible.

you'd need to pay to ship it, pay import tax and get it through the MFK. buy one from Denmark instead. closer and easier. i hear its the in thing at the moment.
Nice tip!

The reason behind my crazy idea is because im thinking about going to holidays there, and I would hate to spend a lot of cash renting for 2 weeks or more a car with an automatic transmission, and then come to light the idea since at the moment I don't have car... there are cheap... I would need one there...

Also the story that the car would be able to tell, from coast to coast in US and then shipped to Switzerland

Someone has any idea how crazy expensive the shipping would be?
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Nice tip!

The reason behind my crazy idea is because im thinking about going to holidays there, and I would hate to spend a lot of cash renting for 2 weeks or more a car with an automatic transmission, and then come to light the idea since at the moment I don't have car... there are cheap... I would need one there...

Also the story that the car would be able to tell, from coast to coast in US and then shipped to Switzerland

Someone has any idea how crazy expensive the shipping would be?
Schumacher cargo logistic will ship your car from your USA address to Basel Port for about $ 2500.00
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Old 21.10.2017, 02:04
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Re: car import from USA

M959, check the headlight rules. Unless something has changed in the last 8 years (when I last looked into this), LED and HID headlamps require a wiper. This alone is going to prevent a large chunk of modern US cars from passing a technical control.

That said, I was able to import (as part of my personal effects) a US car that didn't have EU-spec headlamps and said headlamps could not be changed out. The VD SAN in Lausanne didn't seem to care. Edit: They were concerned only with their alignment.

They were halogen, however.
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Has anyone dealt with importing a car from the USA?

I know for some European countries, the regulatory requirements sometimes make the import meaningless (e.g. blinkers have to be yellow/orange and not red, the shape of the headlights beam - with different shape etc.).

I have a relatively new car in the USA, which I will have to sell with big loss (so cheap nowadays to buy a brand new one from a dealer :-), so I consider should I go through the trouble to ship it to CH and deal with all the taxes and regulations.

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I did so and described here;https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...ng-bmw-us.html
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Schumacher cargo logistic will ship your car from your USA address to Basel Port for about $ 2500.00
I hate that you told me that!!!
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Schumacher cargo logistic will ship your car from your USA address to Basel Port for about $ 2500.00
Thanks! That's a quite reasonable price actually... I was expecting crazy numbers
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M959, check the headlight rules. Unless something has changed in the last 8 years (when I last looked into this), LED and HID headlamps require a wiper. This alone is going to prevent a large chunk of modern US cars from passing a technical control.

That said, I was able to import (as part of my personal effects) a US car that didn't have EU-spec headlamps and said headlamps could not be changed out. The VD SAN in Lausanne didn't seem to care. Edit: They were concerned only with their alignment.

They were halogen, however.
So, all the cars have wipers here? I saw a lot that doesnt have, or maybe are hidden

As far as I know must american card doesn't have, but also Germans as well
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Thanks! That's a quite reasonable price actually... I was expecting crazy numbers
About 3K from NYC including covered transport from Rotterdam, as of this spring.

Expect the battery to be DOA, and possibly some damage to the floor. A friend just imported 3 classic cars. Judging by the damage to the floor/exhaust, one had been moved with a forklift (probably because they couldn't get it started). The shipper paid for the damaged exhaust, and the damage to the rest of the floor wasn't all that extreme.
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