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Old 02.09.2009, 21:46
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Hi

I have just moved to Switzerland (ZH) a week ago and realised that I don't need my car. It's pretty old and UK registered and probably going to be more expense than use.
Any idea if it's simple to dispose of (legally) here or if I have to get it registered etc first?
I have the UK keepers certificate and my UK insurance is currently covering it.
Any tips appreciated
Thansk
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Old 02.09.2009, 22:28
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Hi

I have just moved to Switzerland (ZH) a week ago and realised that I don't need my car. It's pretty old and UK registered and probably going to be more expense than use.
Any idea if it's simple to dispose of (legally) here or if I have to get it registered etc first?
I have the UK keepers certificate and my UK insurance is currently covering it.
Any tips appreciated
Thansk
If you scrap it here, then legally you have imported it into Switzerland! Better check whether you are liable for import duties.

Why not drive it back to the UK? Might have some residual value there.
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Old 03.09.2009, 12:59
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If you scrap it here, then legally you have imported it into Switzerland! Better check whether you are liable for import duties
Not sure about that. I would have thought that the car is imported (from a point of view of customs) when customs are informed which is done when you register the vehicle locally and as it'll probably come under personal effects, it probably won't be liable for any taxation anyway.

Probably an idea to get a copy of the scrap receipt and send a copy back to the DVLA with the V5 log book when you right a letter telling them that it's not coming back. I had an accident in Germany years ago with my UK registered Rover. It was a blessing in disguise actually, but that's another story. Anyway it was a right-off and I wrote a letter to the DVLA (without any proof actually) and said it won't be returning to the UK as it was involved in an accident and is to be scrapped locally. They were fine about it.

Additionally I have heard if a UK vehicle just "disappears" then after 12 months it gets marked as "exported" on the DVLA database anyway.... so be careful about returning to the UK if it has been out the country for so long without applying for a tax disc/getting an MOT (which would be illegal anyway!)
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Old 03.09.2009, 13:07
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Have a look at: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...cle/DG_4022582
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Re: Scrapping My Car

Oh dang. I need to do this the other way round. I took my Swiss car to the UK when I moved back here for good at Christmas. Now it is knackered so I need to know what to do with it. Has anyone ever scalped a Swiss car in the UK?
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Re: Scrapping My Car

I have an old RHD Vauxhall Zafirra, it has an inspection at the end of April and will fail, it is burning a bit of oil plus other bits and we have had our moneys worth out of it. 166 000 miles.

I am tempted with loading it up with stuff and driving it to the UK and scrapping it there, taking the number plates off and sending them back., may even get GBP 100 for it, a friend is moving back.

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I could have the inspection here and since it will fail will they give me three weeks to get the car fixed or condemn it there and then, what is the proceedure with a knackered car? I only use the car to go to the local shops / airport but if I could get another month out of it it would be good. Then I would go to a scrap yard here and scrap it.

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my UK insurance is currently covering it.
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Forget to correctly apply the park brake on while parking on a large hill with some solid trees at the bottom (free from other human or property danger).

You won't regret the view from some of Switzerlands magnificent mountains.
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I have an old RHD Vauxhall Zafirra, it has an inspection at the end of April and will fail, it is burning a bit of oil plus other bits and we have had our moneys worth out of it. 166 000 miles.

I am tempted with loading it up with stuff and driving it to the UK and scrapping it there, taking the number plates off and sending them back., may even get GBP 100 for it, a friend is moving back.

OR

I could have the inspection here and since it will fail will they give me three weeks to get the car fixed or condemn it there and then, what is the proceedure with a knackered car? I only use the car to go to the local shops / airport but if I could get another month out of it it would be good. Then I would go to a scrap yard here and scrap it.

Any thoughts.
You can ask for a test postponement on some pretext. That will get you another 2 or 3 months to decide.
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Forget to correctly apply the park brake on while parking on a large hill with some solid trees at the bottom (free from other human or property danger).

You won't regret the view from some of Switzerlands magnificent mountains.
Unlikely to be compressively insured, loss of NCB & being involved in an accident will likely cost more in the long run. Also expect to be charged for some careless driving offence in CH as well.
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Hi

I have just moved to Switzerland (ZH) a week ago and realised that I don't need my car. It's pretty old and UK registered and probably going to be more expense than use.
Any idea if it's simple to dispose of (legally) here or if I have to get it registered etc first?
I have the UK keepers certificate and my UK insurance is currently covering it.
Any tips appreciated
Thansk
What car is it?
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What car is it?
One that is now 3 1/2 years older than the original post.

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Lol! What was it then?
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Unlikely to be compressively insured, loss of NCB & being involved in an accident will likely cost more in the long run. Also expect to be charged for some careless driving offence in CH as well.
My post was less likely to be serious
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If you scrap it here, then legally you have imported it into Switzerland! Better check whether you are liable for import duties.
So, for future readers, what is the position of scrapping foreign cars here?

As I understand: in the old days the car had to be imported, tax paid and then scrapped, and the insurance would pay this if there was comprehensive cover.

What is the present situation, will a Swiss scrap dealer accept a foreign car?
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So, for future readers, what is the position of scrapping foreign cars here?

As I understand: in the old days the car had to be imported, tax paid and then scrapped, and the insurance would pay this if there was comprehensive cover.

What is the present situation, will a Swiss scrap dealer accept a foreign car?
Probably better to scrap it in the EU, then no taxes to worry about.
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