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Importing a LHD car from the UK

Hi,

Apologies if this has already been answered but I couldn't find an exact answer from looking through the forum.

I plan to buy a LHD Swiss spec BMW from my dealer in London and import the car when I move over to Switzerland. I know I will have to pay import duties and tax when I arrive but what else will I need to do?

From what I have seen, it will only need a basic test. Can I drive my car from the time I cross the border until the test has occured?

Are there any restrictions on selling my car once imported? I have read that I can not sell it again until 6 months after I have imported. Will I have trouble selling the car as it came from the UK (but it is LHD, Swiss spec and would have been serviced by Swiss dealers).

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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Gerard
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Old 11.08.2009, 18:08
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If you own it (in the UK) for at least six months before you move over it should be classed as a personal possession and therefore not subject to import taxes.
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Re: Importing a LHD car from the UK

I am looking into this myself - not BMW but Lotus.

As far I know, importing a new Swiss spec car from the UK should be fairly simple. When you do your sums don't forget to incl. transportation. The tax as far as I know is 4% import tax plus VAT of 7.5% - but you save the UK vat of 15%. The two other key components are (1) what exchange rate can you lock in and (2) what discount do you get in UK compared to the discount you would get in CH. Remember in CH 10% is common - even before negotiating.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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If you own it (in the UK) for at least six months before you move over it should be classed as a personal possession and therefore not subject to import taxes.
Catch 22 here; I can buy it in the UK without VAT but it can't stay in the UK for more than six months!

I don't mind paying the import duties for Switzerland, I am just trying to find out other details.

How would Swiss BMW dealers react to a UK supplied Swiss spec BMW and what would happen when I come to sell it?
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Catch 22 here; I can buy it in the UK without VAT but it can't stay in the UK for more than six months!

I don't mind paying the import duties for Switzerland, I am just trying to find out other details.

How would Swiss BMW dealers react to a UK supplied Swiss spec BMW and what would happen when I come to sell it?
Have you checked out the new and nearly new car prices here? because you might be pleasantly surprised. I know I was when I found that certain VW models were the same price as those in the UK (e.g. VW Scirocco) with a much higher spec to boot e.g. xenons, satnav. Check out Comparis, they have an excellent search engine for new and used (click Adjust Search).
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