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Old 23.04.2009, 11:26
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One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

Hi all,

Does anyone know any van hire companies that will allow you to pick the van up here in the UK and leave at a depot in Basel...?

My dad is going to drive all my stuff over for me, but I'd really rather he flew home that drive back on his own.

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Old 23.04.2009, 11:40
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

Your best bet is to talk to a company that operates in the UK as well as here in Switzerland.

Sixt might be worth a try: http://www.sixt.co.uk/

Although I know it depends on which location you are collecting from.
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Old 23.04.2009, 11:44
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

Note that it usually costs a lot extra to pick up a car in one country and drop it off in another.
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

Thanks I'll give them a call... we would probably collect from Gatwick Airport.
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Note that it usually costs a lot extra to pick up a car in one country and drop it off in another.
I'm really really sorry - I just groaned at you instead of hitting the Quote button!!!! Not sure how to retract it.... Sorry!!!

I thought it might be a bit extra - I guess I'll have to phone around and see what they quote me.
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Old 23.04.2009, 13:38
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

If you find any information on this I'd really like to hear about it too.

I have also been thinking about driving some things over, but am slowly coming to the conclusion that it's not worth it. I think due to driving on the other side of the road there is little chance of being able to leave a British van in Switzerland. Therefore, you'd need to take it back. Looking around a weeks rental including European insurance was going to cost me about £350. I thought this long was needed as the plan would be something like:

day 1: pick up van and load
day 2: get up early and do a long days driving UK to CH.
day 3: unload and relax
day 4: long days driving CH to UK
day 5: return van

You could do something like very long days driving or setting off straight after loading, but then I would see you collecting a van at 9am, loading it. Getting to Dover, waiting for a ferry, loosing an hour with the time change, driving 9 to 10 hours. It would be too exhausting. I think I'd end up stopping in a hotel along the way, adding more to the cost.

Then once you've done all the driving, someone could to be in the wrong place and need flights back home.

So you have something like £300, for the van rental, £100 for a ferry, £200 for petrol, plus the other costs like Swiss motor way vignette, maybe a flight, maybe a hotel, not to mention the hassle and the time doing all this. (Do you know what documents you need for customs to show you don't need to pay import tax on your goods?)

I have spoken this week to a couple of companies, Crown Relocations and LukaBros for quotes on moving a few things over. For a small load about 4 cubic meters they are quoting £1000 and £800 respectively. Although it sounds expensive I think it's better value than trying to do it yourself.

Another option would be to sell your items in the UK, if there is nothing of sentimental value there, and buy new again in Switzerland.

I hope that this helps with your thoughts? And I look forward to hearing how things work out.

Cheers
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I'm really really sorry - I just groaned at you instead of hitting the Quote button!!!! Not sure how to retract it.... Sorry!!!

I thought it might be a bit extra - I guess I'll have to phone around and see what they quote me.
Wouldn't have even noticed that you hit the groan button if you hadn't said anything...

It could easily cost double or more the rate than if you had returned the car in the same country as where you picked it up. When moving some stuff out of my old flat in the Netherlands to somewhere in Germany, the price for renting a car for 24hrs was horrendous. Thankfully, my starting point in the Netherlands was just 10km away from the German border, so I went to the nearest car rental place in Germany (same company - one of the major ones, can't remember which) and paid less than half for the same car.

The high costs are there because they need to get the car back to its starting country somehow.
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

You might also want to contact the chap on this thread for a quote:

Good removal/moving company
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

Hey, thanks for your reply.

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day 1: pick up van and load
day 2: get up early and do a long days driving UK to CH.
day 3: unload and relax
day 4: long days driving CH to UK
day 5: return van

Cheers
My dad actually drives for a living so the drive isn't a problem for him... I think he wants to be there to make sure I organise myself properly He's worked it out to be an 8/9 hour drive, which he does on a daily basis anyway...

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Another option would be to sell your items in the UK, if there is nothing of sentimental value there, and buy new again in Switzerland.

Cheers
Problem is I have a 5-year old son so cannot go over with nothing. I'm a single parent so won't be able to get there and buy absolutely everything needed to furnish an apartment. Judging by what I've read on this forum, Switzerland ain't the cheapest place to buy furniture! I was thinking of just essentials like, beds/wardrobes/Tv/PC and Suite. Also all kitchen stuff...

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(Do you know what documents you need for customs to show you don't need to pay import tax on your goods?)

Cheers
I heard that you need to prove that you've had your items for more than 6-months, is that correct? I'll have to research this a bit more...

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I have spoken this week to a couple of companies, Crown Relocations and LukaBros for quotes on moving a few things over. For a small load about 4 cubic meters they are quoting £1000 and £800 respectively. Although it sounds expensive I think it's better value than trying to do it yourself.

Cheers
This might be the best option... I'll look into this two... I just have no idea how many cubic metres I'll need at the moment...(I'm blonde!)

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I hope that this helps with your thoughts? And I look forward to hearing how things work out.

Cheers
I'll be sure to let you know how it works out and any further info I can get my hands on!!

Cheers, and good luck yourself!
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My dad actually drives for a living so the drive isn't a problem for him... I think he wants to be there to make sure I organise myself properly He's worked it out to be an 8/9 hour drive, which he does on a daily basis anyway...
I have done the drive to Luzern a number of times in the past, and from Calais that has tended to take about 8 hours (when you include a few breaks for food, nature calls, etc). Then there is the drive on the other side as well as waiting around for a ferry/train. So it is a very long day already before you start trying to add in time to load up the van. We have also only done the drive by car. I would assume that a van would travel a little slower down the motor ways.

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I heard that you need to prove that you've had your items for more than 6-months, is that correct? I'll have to research this a bit more...
On the LukerBros website they have a scanned in copy of the Swiss Customs form, even translated to English.

http://www.lukerbros.co.uk/resource/C1844.pdf

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This might be the best option... I'll look into this two... I just have no idea how many cubic metres I'll need at the moment...(I'm blonde!)
My way of thinking about the 4 cubic meters was: Our bed is 2m x 2m (ok a little less) and we want to take that, so once that is flattened down, we can pile things ontop of it to about waist height. => 2m x 2m x 1m.

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I'll be sure to let you know how it works out and any further info I can get my hands on!!
Excelent, thanks!
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Re: One-Way Van Hire - UK to Basel

If you can get your belongings across the Channel to Calais, it should be easier to find a one-way van rental across France to Basel (e.g. Calais to St Louis or Mulhouse). Once you've dropped your stuff off in Basel, its only a 15 min drive back to France to return the van.
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If you can get your belongings across the Channel to Calais, it should be easier to find a one-way van rental across France to Basel (e.g. Calais to St Louis or Mulhouse). Once you've dropped your stuff off in Basel, its only a 15 min drive back to France to return the van.
or you rent in Calais, tunnel to the UK to get stuff, tunnel back and drive to Basel, return van in Mulhouse
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or you rent in Calais, tunnel to the UK to get stuff, tunnel back and drive to Basel, return van in Mulhouse
Only problem is then getting to Calais first...
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If you can get your belongings across the Channel to Calais, it should be easier to find a one-way van rental across France to Basel (e.g. Calais to St Louis or Mulhouse). Once you've dropped your stuff off in Basel, its only a 15 min drive back to France to return the van.
Actually this could work.... we live close enough to dover that we could get a lift across the channel in a van, transfer the stuff to the hire van... drive down to basel, drop the stuff off then drop the van off, then my dad could fly back to Gatwick....

Seems like a lot of work but definitely something worth considering.
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On the LukerBros website they have a scanned in copy of the Swiss Customs form, even translated to English.

http://www.lukerbros.co.uk/resource/C1844.pdf
Thanks a million for this!!

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My way of thinking about the 4 cubic meters was: Our bed is 2m x 2m (ok a little less) and we want to take that, so once that is flattened down, we can pile things ontop of it to about waist height. => 2m x 2m x 1m.
And this... I'm sure I can work it out now using your "method"
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Another option would be to sell your items in the UK, if there is nothing of sentimental value there, and buy new again in Switzerland.

I hope that this helps with your thoughts? And I look forward to hearing how things work out.

Cheers
Hey MonkeyBoy,

I said I'd let you know how it works out... well my dad has borrowed a van from work and we will be driving to Basel and back to the UK over the bank holiday weekend (providing a find a place when I head over there in a couple of weeks of course!!!). A family friend has offered to help us so it's all good.

I've decided to take the bare essentials as mentioned earlier. the beds, 2 wardrobes, 2 chest of drawers, TV, DVD player, PC and Desk, and some of my sons toys. Oh and of course some of our clothes. This is all I'll need to start my new life over there. Breaks my heart to leave so much stuff behind but from what I've read on this forum, many people regret taking so much of their previous home with them.

How are you getting on?
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I said I'd let you know how it works out...
Thanks for the update.

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my dad has borrowed a van from work and we will be driving to Basel and back to the UK over the bank holiday weekend (providing a find a place when I head over there in a couple of weeks of course!!!)
Good luck with the drive, nice way to save some money getting to borrow a van.

I noticed the thread asking about your chances of finding somewhere. I have to admit that I have no idea what the Basel housing scene is like, but we have just found a new place in Luzern. That was difficult. We (well mainly my girlfriend) saw a lot of flats. Often those listed on Comparis were already taken before we'd had the chance to see them. Homegate and goodday.ch were used lots. Eventually, the one we got, we were the first people to see the day after it was advertised. It's also not available for us to move for a couple of months too. I think if you are happy to live in a slightly less popular area you have a chance of finding somewhere, so good luck there.

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Breaks my heart to leave so much stuff behind but from what I've read on this forum, many people regret taking so much of their previous home with them.
Will you be able to store stuff with your dad for a while until you get settled and can decide what you really need?

Good luck with it all
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I noticed the thread asking about your chances of finding somewhere. I have to admit that I have no idea what the Basel housing scene is like, but we have just found a new place in Luzern. That was difficult. We (well mainly my girlfriend) saw a lot of flats. Often those listed on Comparis were already taken before we'd had the chance to see them. Homegate and goodday.ch were used lots. Eventually, the one we got, we were the first people to see the day after it was advertised. It's also not available for us to move for a couple of months too. I think if you are happy to live in a slightly less popular area you have a chance of finding somewhere, so good luck there.

Will you be able to store stuff with your dad for a while until you get settled and can decide what you really need?

Good luck with it all
Hi again,

Congrats on finding a place! It must be a relief after all the hunting!

I may have a bit of good fortune with the flat hunting. There is a place right around the corner from where I'll be working - the price is perfect and it's child friendly... I saw it on immoscout24 and there were plenty of pics.... the estate agent didn't speak english but one of my colleagues over there called her and went to see the flat for me, she said it was lovely and perfectly located so she got the forms for me.... I filled them in on Thursday and should find out today if I have it or not! Fingers crossed...

I could store some stuff with my dad... to be honest, I think I'll just dump it all or have a car boot sale or something. I'm heading to Basel for a complete lifestyle change, so I don't really want to drag all of my UK life over there with me.

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