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Old 05.02.2010, 11:44
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how does one qualify for this?

Do you have to be a Brit?
No you can be many nationalities but I guess definitely not Swiss. We checked by sending a form through the website and we got a reply back that we qualified. The scheme is operated through more that just the UK.

You can contact the sales person we dealt with who is 1st class at answering all the questions and a real nice guy.

m a r k (dot) h o l l o w a y @ v o l v o c a r s l o n d o n (dot) c o (dot) uk

He picked us up from Luton airport which is about a 20 minute drive from their offices, which saved us about 2 hours of messing about with public transport.
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Old 05.02.2010, 12:20
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Re: What MPV?

Here is a short hand account of how we did the buying & import for our Volvo:

[1] Choose the car and specification & pay 10% deposit provide UK address for Customs export form (this can be a friends address)
[2] Paid 90% balance 4 weeks before picking car up - receive "VIN" Number (Vehicle Identification Number)
[3] Get insurance based on the VIN number, we got cover from the date we were due to pick up the car.
[4] Contact a shipping agent they will use a copy of the invoice plus the "EEC Certificate of Conformity" to calculate the import tax + VAT
[5] Shipping agent will email details of amount to be paid into holding account - pay the money
[6] Anti-polution test with Volvo (book in advance)
[7] Visit shipping agent at customs clearance who will confirm details and release money to customs, hand stamped piece of paper to customs.
[8] Take car for inspection with the Cantonal Inspection office. (book in advance)
[9] Once you have done the above you can apply for your Swiss plates.
[10] Send the tear of slip for the UK registration back to confirm the car has been exported.

Enjoy!

That is a short hand version of what we did, once we knew the date we could pick up the car we pre-arranged the activities we needed to do once back in Switzerland.

The shipping agent we used is based at Bardoney just on the border of France/Switzerland.
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Old 05.02.2010, 12:27
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Re: What MPV?

Not sure I can be of much help but.... we have a Ford SMax in the UK and I love it - super practical and very spacious - def no prob with car seats I've had car seats on all 5 back seats.

Only problem - it's completely useless in the snow & ice but I guess snow tyres would take care of that??
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Re: What MPV?

The only negative of importing the car is that it will be worth less than a Swiss car when you come to sell it. However, depending on how long you keep it, that will be virtually irrelevant.
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Old 05.02.2010, 20:09
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Looks like that Volvo has UK plates on it. Is that correct?

What kind of engine did you get in this car? Just curious about the emissions comment.

Brian.
Just had time to look this up, so here is the difference between the 2009 & 2010 models:

2009 Model
Consumption 11.9/7.4/9.0 (Urban/Extra-Urban/Combined)
CO2-Emission 239 g/km

2010 model
Consumption 11.1/7.0/8.5 (Urban/Extra-Urban/Combined)
CO2-Emission 224 g/km

Not a huge difference but interesting to know.
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Old 05.02.2010, 20:12
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The only negative of importing the car is that it will be worth less than a Swiss car when you come to sell it. However, depending on how long you keep it, that will be virtually irrelevant.
Agree with the above, we intend to keep for some time at which point it becomes irrelavent as you correctly point out.
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how does one qualify for this?
I was wondering about that too. Here it says (among others):
  • Private individuals wishing to export a new Volvo from the UK
Which, in my book, would be about anyone as long as he exports the car from the UK. Starts getting interesting.

Thanks for the link, magic.
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Old 06.02.2010, 16:31
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I was wondering about that too. Here it says (among others):
  • Private individuals wishing to export a new Volvo from the UK
Which, in my book, would be about anyone as long as he exports the car from the UK. Starts getting interesting.

Thanks for the link, magic.
Just send Mark (email address above) an email, he is really good at answering any questions.

Post back if you decide to go for one, price feedback is always interesting to know.
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Re: What MPV?

can anyone give me a reference autotrader site or guide prices for 2nd hand vw caravelle in Switzerland (7 seater, not 8/9 seat)? I'm trying to decide whether to sell my 18 month old one here in the UK and buy native in CH when I arrive; or bring it with me and deal with the hassle.
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Re: What MPV?

Well, we have had our Cheverolet Captiva for about 6 months now and I'm really happy with it, excepting for access to the third child car seat. I have to climb in through the trunk of the vehicle to access the seat and it's driving me insane! It takes too much time to dislodge any of the 2 child car seats in the middle row so the trunk is the only option I have.

I think I'm ready to take the descent into purchasing an MPV . They're so ugly but will make my life easier.

So, my question to you is, which MPV would you recommend that I can easily get 3 *child car seats into and access all three easily?

*Please note, the child car seats are not booster seats (all 3 children transported are under the age of 4), they are the big chunky seats that use the isofix lock in system and are a bugger to move around.

I will treasure any helpful advice you have to offer.

Merci, danke, grazi.
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Re: What MPV?

We are moving to Lausanne in 2 weeks, and will buy a 7 seater for us, 3 kids and small dog.
Hubbie is French, we both love the Renault grand scenic - anyone got one? Can we import cars ourselves from France or do we need a dealer?
hubbie has found www.multimarque.ch - anyone used them?

And for the Volvo deal from UK it sounds fab, Does it work for any nationality?

And we currently have hired a TT plate car. Could we buy this (grand Picasso) and then import into switz? The TT plates car is hired for 2 months and we can extend for 6 months,but quite pricey for long term. If we buy it in France we will be brand new owners - what is the rule??
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Re: What MPV?

The custom rule is that if you have not owned your car for 6m at least, your car will not be accepted as a household moving item and you will have to pay 4% duties + 8% VAT on its value plus the 4% duty (duties are "added value" according to customs. So it comes to figuring out whether you are better off losing 12% importing or losing 12% reselling locally.

Back to the topic of choosing an MPV, I would take a Touran any day, It's the #7 best selling model in Switzerland across all segments (the Toyota verso is #85 ...), which says two things:
1) strong(er) residuals when you'll want/need to sell it
2) buying a Toyota Verso only makes sense if there is a specific feature that really wins the deal for you and your needs, because otherwise, there are 4 Touran buyers out there for every Verso buyer, and they can't all be making a bad choice.

Buying a car is not always a matter of rational criteria, but when it comes to an MPV (instead of, say, a roadster) it should be front and center. The other extremely strong point of the Touran is the DSG twin clutch gearbox, incomparably better than nearly every alternative in this category. More comfort behind the driver seat, and probably less road sickness in the back seats.
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