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Old 25.04.2006, 22:33
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Importing a car into CH

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Does anybody know the modalities of importing a car into CH? Is it a complicated process and does it cost a lot? I am thinking of getting a car from Germany.

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Old 26.04.2006, 09:31
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Re: Importing a car into CH

if it's EU type-approved, it should be straightforwards.
if you have not owned it for six months before importing it, you'll have to pay tax.
if you're buying new from a border-dealer, he should have a clue too.

how's your German? www.stva.zh.ch and www.zoll.admin.ch should be of help....
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Re: Importing a car into CH

Well, basically I found a 2nd hand used VW car which is being sold by a garage in Germany. It is a 2004 model so it shouldn't have issue with MFK/MOT. Is it too complicated or expensive for me to buy a used car from across the border?
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Re: Importing a car into CH

http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/imm...importing.html
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Old 27.04.2006, 16:50
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Re: Importing a car into CH

I've been through the process with my bike - it's very straight forward.

One of the first things you should do is contact a decent insurance guy - they are keen for business and mine helped me with the process of getting the Swiss plates etc.

You just declare the vehicle at the border and the rest is pretty much automatic. It doesn't matter how old it is, it has to be inspected and you'll get an invite for that.

As you will be buying it within 6 months of importing you have to pay duty on it. This will probably make it less attractive compared to just buying a Swiss car.
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Re: Importing a car into CH

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As you will be buying it within 6 months of importing you have to pay duty on it. This will probably make it less attractive compared to just buying a Swiss car.
I would suggest registering it on time restricted import plates for the first 12 months and then officially importing it. This way you remove the need to pay duty and the VAT which is calculated on the present worth will also be reduced. Insurance is more expensive by the way and it therefore will be very dependent on the price difference between the German model and the Swiss one.

So other suggestions why not try going and looking at EU imported cars on the web. Someone else has then had the headache.

I know someone who would recommend Webo.ch in Oberglatt... Oh and with these guys offer them a few percent below the plate price they are much more likely to haggle...
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