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Car bought in CH back to UK

Does anyone know what formalities are necessary to drive a car bought here back into the UK and keep it there please?
We aren't sure whether we will keep it in the UK long term - depends how it goes when we drive it around there. So we want to keep our options open either to have it in England or to bring it back to Switzerland next year and sell it.
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Old 02.05.2009, 16:47
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Re: Car bought in CH back to UK

If you're not resident here, you won't be able to keep it on Swiss plates. Information about importing a car into the UK.
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Re: Car bought in CH back to UK

it is no problem bringing it back to CH, since it has a Stamm Nr which is a number unique to the vehicle, so reimporting it is not a problem. We drove on Swiss plates in the UK for 6 months, but we did get a nasty letter when we stopped the Swiss Insurance and Direct Line insured the vehicle on Swiss plates. Swiss plates means you are insured, so if you stop the Insurance the Strassenvekehrsamt send you a nice letter. We sent the Swiss plates back by post, not before going through the SVA test, which is a longer MOT. Lights, speedo will have to be changed, may cost a small fortune with a new car. Also you need to make sure you have a reversing light on the left side I think it is.
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