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UK Car ( Long term position what to do with car )

Hi All

I have just been offered a longterm position here and will probbaly accept it, i have my car over, now what to do ??

1. Do i drive it back to blighty and sell to a dealer who will have my eyes out ( BMW M3 )

2. Do i change it to swiss plates and get a swiss license ( what cost )

3. Try and find a dealer who will buy UK cars, if there are any ??

Any advise

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If it means alot to you and you want to keep it for many moons then keep it.
I'm currently doing the switch to swiss plates myself.

As for cost, who knows?

Not sure why a dealer would buy a UK car over here but who knows.
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Would you really want to drive a RHD car long-term here? Pain in the buttockal region whenever you drive into parking garages (ticket machine on the wrong side), etc, and it's a little dangerous on narrow windy roads ...

If it were mine, I'd flog it privately in Blighty (ask a friend/family member to sell it) and buy something similar here. Saves a whole lot of hassle.
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Re: UK Car ( Long term position what to do with car )

are there emmission rules etc? how easy is it to do the swap to swiss plates? i have mot etc but have heard its not so easy for older cars.
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My Jeep is RHD, hardly and hassle with with parking and just be careful on winding roads.

my jeep just passed the emission test. More or less the same as UK settings. My UK pass would have passed here. Oh yeah, my Jeep is a '95
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Re: UK Car ( Long term position what to do with car )

Cheers Chaps..

yes parking is a pain, just make people behind wait lol - i just tun off engine and stretch across.

I have done the swiss passes, bit scary but managed ok, was more worried about slipping on accelerator than winding roads.

I love me M3 and with my private plate of 0002 TAG ( McTaggart ) is bamboozles the swiss

Then again i will have to get a boring swiss one lol
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Cheers Chaps..

yes parking is a pain, just make people behind wait lol - i just tun off engine and stretch across.

I have done the swiss passes, bit scary but managed ok, was more worried about slipping on accelerator than winding roads.

I love me M3 and with my private plate of 0002 TAG ( McTaggart ) is bamboozles the swiss

Then again i will have to get a boring swiss one lol
So when we see a BMW with private plates on it, we'll all know what Gooner Rob looks like. You best drive carefully otherwise you'll have a thread dedicated to you....Gave a bit too much information away !
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Hi All

I have just been offered a longterm position here and will probbaly accept it, i have my car over, now what to do ??

1. Do i drive it back to blighty and sell to a dealer who will have my eyes out ( BMW M3 )

2. Do i change it to swiss plates and get a swiss license ( what cost )

3. Try and find a dealer who will buy UK cars, if there are any ??

Any advise

Cheers

Rob
How long is the position?

BMW M3 prices in UK have crashed so you will have lost a load of money if you sell it. Pound has fallen against Euro/Swiss Franc so you won't be able to buy any equivalent car for the money.
I think you will have to change the headlights. Cost to change headlights for Swiss MOT are expensive. If you are thinking of going this route, start looking for scrap yards in Germany.

You could register the V55 in a family member and address in the UK.
Put yourself down on the insurance as a named driver.
Keep UK licence and address in UK.
Take car back once a year to UK for MOT.
If stopped, give UK licence, UK passport and address in UK.
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You could register the V55 in a family member and address in the UK.
Put yourself down on the insurance as a named driver.
Keep UK licence and address in UK.
Take car back once a year to UK for MOT.
If stopped, give UK licence, UK passport and address in UK.
Ask around and you'll find many other ways of cheating and breaking the law as well.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend breaking the law, because Swiss police are not stupid, and they tend to cotton on pretty quick as to what is happening, and they are very happy to write nice large fines....
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Re: UK Car ( Long term position what to do with car )

Īm sure im the talk of Zurich, the Swiss drive sooo slow

Geeez what a palaver, im pretty sure i can switch the headlights, some lever inside the lights..

I'll drive for a year then pop home and sell the beast, get the new one..

Don't tell me about the price crash, then again i love me ole beast...

Dont get me started on tyres either, BMW tried to offer me 17" rims with winter tyres, duh, 19" or nothing, even 18"s look pony - then winter 19" tyres at just under 3000 SF, having a laugh or what...

Looks like i will have to put on winter tyres though, can find back 255's all year round one but not front 225, mental.

apart from that i love it here
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So when we see a BMW with private plates on it, we'll all know what Gooner Rob looks like. You best drive carefully otherwise you'll have a thread dedicated to you....Gave a bit too much information away !
I guess i did lol
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Ask around and you'll find many other ways of cheating and breaking the law as well.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend breaking the law, because Swiss police are not stupid, and they tend to cotton on pretty quick as to what is happening, and they are very happy to write nice large fines....
If it was a "normal car", style Ford Mondeo/VW Golf/Opel Vectra it would be not quite so recognisable, but a BMW M3 with private plates.....not the most discreet car in Switzerland !
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Re: UK Car ( Long term position what to do with car )

An old lady just came into our private court yard and started taking note of peoples number plates...

I asked her why but she doesnt speak great English, said something in Swiss German or maybe Clingon ( yes i know, must learn German and Clingon ) and said all is ok...

hmmmmmmmmm, now what was she up too, im sure im now going to get a nice letter or bill...

any ideas ???
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An old lady just came into our private court yard and started taking note of peoples number plates...

I asked her why but she doesnt speak great English, said something in Swiss German or maybe Clingon ( yes i know, must learn German and Clingon ) and said all is ok...

hmmmmmmmmm, now what was she up too, im sure im now going to get a nice letter or bill...

any ideas ???
Maybe she was bamboozled by your plate. I certainly was, I don't see how you get "McTaggart" from that ...
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An old lady just came into our private court yard and started taking note of peoples number plates...

I asked her why but she doesnt speak great English, said something in Swiss German or maybe Klingon ( yes i know, must learn German and Klingon ) and said all is ok...

hmmmmmmmmm, now what was she up too, im sure im now going to get a nice letter or bill...

any ideas ???
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