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Old 19.01.2011, 11:36
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland

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Yes, and Yes.

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And do you?

I never carry my permit - only if I travel internationally (along with my passport). Even when stopped by the police - for running a red light on my bicycle (while drunk) - I wasn't asked for it. Nor was I breathalysed!

Mind you that came about 3mths after I had been knocked off my bicyle by a police-car - so I guess that was my "get out of jail free" card.
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This is nonsense.
What you CAN'T do, is drive a car registered in YOUR name in ANOTHER country in CH.
As a resident of Switzerland you are NOT allowed to drive a car registered abroad - it doesn't matter whether the car is registered abroad in your name or someone else's name.
There are narrow exceptions for
- rental cars rented abroad (for up to 8 days in CH)
- company cars registered to your foreign employer (limited to business trips only, not for private use)
- cars which are used for a maximum of 12 cross-border trips annually with each trip in CH limited to 3 days max. OR
-if you have no means of transport of your own and use the foreign car only for a 'short time'
You can find the respective regulation in Art.35/36 of the Swiss customs ordinance here (D, F, I only):http://www.ezv.admin.ch/dokumentatio...x.html?lang=de
EDIT: The above does not impact the 12 month grace period for cars imported by yourself when moving to Switzerland.
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I learnt recently that if you are a resident in Switzerland, you can not drive someone else's foreign registered car in Switzerland. If you are a resident of more than one country (i.e. you spend significant time in more than one country every year), then it may be possible to drive a foreign registered car here for more than the initial 12 months- but the Swiss will probably find a way of taxing you for the priveledge.
That certainly used to be true; do not know if it still is since the bi-lateral agreements.
I worked in a company about 12 years ago where the MD was not Swiss & he sent the company Hauswart to collect his foreign registered car. The Hauswart was stopped in a police control & ordered to leave the car.
The MD had to collect it himself; could not have happened to a nicer guy
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And do you?

I never carry my permit - only if I travel internationally (along with my passport). Even when stopped by the police - for running a red light on my bicycle (while drunk) - I wasn't asked for it. Nor was I breathalysed!

Mind you that came about 3mths after I had been knocked off my bicyle by a police-car - so I guess that was my "get out of jail free" card.
You were lucky; riding a bike drunk causes you to lose your car driving licence - although oddly you can still ride the bike
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Re: Buying a car in Switzerland

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I'm interested in how much would a pay to register a car with a 2.5 engine in Switzerland(the car is imported by me from Germany).Let my tell you why couse in my country they put a tax for older model and let say for a BMW m3 I have to pay the registration tax almost the price of the car.So I want to register it here,but I need to now how much I will pay(hole deal)

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Hy!
I'm interested in how much would a pay to register a car with a 2.5 engine in Switzerland(the car is imported by me from Germany).Let my tell you why couse in my country they put a tax for older model and let say for a BMW m3 I have to pay the registration tax almost the price of the car.So I want to register it here,but I need to now how much I will pay(hole deal)

Thanks!
There are plenty of threads about this already. Have a search on this site - or google.
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