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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

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I had my cambelt changed in St Louis in France - cost was around 800 euros vs 2500 CHF at the Renault dealership in Glattbrugg . The guy there told me that because it was a small car, they needed loads of time to take every out to reach the cambelt... and given its Switzerland, loads of time means loads of money...

I drove on a friday morning early and came back to Zurich by train. They worked on the car Friday and I came to pick it up and do some shopping in Mulhouse on the Saturday - they are opened until 2pm I think on the saturday.

Worked very well.

Details: Garage Bader - St Louis 81 avenue du general de Gaulle 68300 Saint Louis
tel: 03 89 67 44 66

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Old 09.01.2011, 00:26
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

One thing to beware of if you get work done over the border...

Many moons ago....colleague's wife was driving back from her parents in Germany in the car they bought in Germany - all legally imported to Switzerland etc.

She got stopped on the way in to CH by customs who went over the car with a fine tooth comb - eventually they found the logbook which contained stamps from the garage in Germany where they'd had the car regularly serviced. They were required to go back to customs within a few days with the receipts for the services and pay the Swiss VAT.

So if you do get things done over the border you might want to think about how much documentary evidence you choose to carry in the car.

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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

Yeah... forgot to say that the same story as above had happened to my boss... so to avoid the same situation I asked the garage not to put any stamp on the log book and to send me the invoice by post...

While we are on this topic of VAT, it seems that in the past it was possible to claim the French VAT on repairs done in France and to pay the Swiss VAT instead (a saving of c.12%), but thats not possible anymore. The rules have changed and only spare parts can benefit from this treatment.. Although I wonder how it works in practice...
1) you have to buy the spare parts in France at the garage
2) you declare them at the border
3) you pay Swiss VAT, and reclaim French VAT
4) you go back to french garage to have the repairs done

easy no?

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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

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I would guess she saved around CHF 1,000 compared to Swiss prices. It was a major service! I asked for the old exchanged parts and they gave me them.

We went Christmas shopping over the border, and were at the garage before Christmas and we asked for an estimate. But another time I could ask for the estimate online by E-Mail.

I would suggest getting the Renault serviced in Lörrach as the German workers are known to be conscientious. There is also an easy train connection to Basel SBB if the job spreads over two days, avoiding the extra hotel costs. Half-Tax return train ticket to Bern is less than CHF 50,--

http://www.google.ch/search?hl=en&rl...l=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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So I was about to ask if its cheaper to fix a car abroad or in Switzerland. But I see it seems to be significantly cheaper abroad!

Ok the "catch" is to be careful on having documents inside the car as the police can make you troubles...

Although it seems strange that you have to pay VAT for a servicing abroad. For example if you are on holiday you don't have much choices.


How about spare "parts" for the fixing: is that clever to buy them online from a "low vat country" like Switzerland, then to bring them to the service station, or its not worth the hassle?
EDIT: Ok the post above seems to say so....

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I would guess she saved around CHF 1,000 compared to Swiss prices. It was a major service! I asked for the old exchanged parts and they gave me them.

We went Christmas shopping over the border, and were at the garage before Christmas and we asked for an estimate. But another time I could ask for the estimate online by E-Mail.

I would suggest getting the Renault serviced in Lörrach as the German workers are known to be conscientious. There is also an easy train connection to Basel SBB if the job spreads over two days, avoiding the extra hotel costs. Half-Tax return train ticket to Bern is less than CHF 50,--

http://www.google.ch/search?hl=en&rl...l=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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bloody hell... That sir is a helluva saving.

The garage in Sihlbrugg said by the next service (132K I think, it's a small service) they will need to be replaced, so that's in another 5 or 6 km's off the top of my head. What info' would you need from me to get a price Ittigen?
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So I was about to ask if its cheaper to fix a car abroad or in Switzerland. But I see it seems to be significantly cheaper abroad!

Ok the "catch" is to be careful on having documents inside the car as the police can make you troubles...

Although it seems strange that you have to pay VAT for a servicing abroad. For example if you are on holiday you don't have much choices.


How about spare "parts" for the fixing: is that clever to buy them online from a "low vat country" like Switzerland, then to bring them to the service station, or its not worth the hassle?
EDIT: Ok the post above seems to say so....

About "it seems strange that you have to pay VAT for a servicing abroad"
you only pay VAT on the new parts that you bring into the country, not on labour costs.
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Re: Renault servicing over the boarder

I serviced my Megane 2 (2008) for 2 times in France. First time I had to do the "big" service (changing the distribution belt, roles, the accessories belt, filters, oil, plugs, and a small suspension test). It all cost me 980 Euros while in Switzerland the devise was of 2500 CHF .

This week I went back to France as they have a promotion (check the renault.fr website/promotions) - changing brake pads and discs with 50% discount (including VAT and labor costs). The total price for changing the discs and pads (front only) was 228 Euros. For the same, I paid here 650 CHF (that time I changed on the back).

I didn't have any stamp on the service book, as they offered separate invoices for each and every operation, all the papers with Renault stamp & logo. Later on I will attach it to the service book. Therefore, no problem with the police/customs.
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