How to find, calculate and import your new car to switzerland.
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Import a car in 6 steps
Learn how easy it is to import a car to switzerland with import-butler.Ch can be.
1. car transport by truck
To make sure that your new car arrives SAFE AND FAST in switzerland, we load your car directly at the dealership of your choice by a swiss transport company with a truck.
2. customs clearance and value added tax
After the direct car import you will also receive the already PAID VAT back from the car dealer, your car will be customs cleared at the foreign customs office, export and imported into switzerland.
3. Handling of the CO2 tax
Cars that have not been registered abroad for longer than 6 months and are imported into switzerland must be registered in switzerland. pay a CO2 tax at the federal office for roads.
4. motor vehicle inspection for import cars
EVERY CAR IMPORTED INTO SWITZERLAND, NEW OR USED, MUST BE TESTED BY THE SWISS MOTOR VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM.
5. car insurance market check
before your car can be registered, you will need proof of insurance. In switzerland, the car insurance for the exact same vehicle can be up to 50% PREMIUM DIFFERENCE.
6. Import car registration in switzerland
After all the car import steps are done, it comes to the SWISS REGISTRATION and its control plate.
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1. SEARCH IMPORT CAR
The selection of vehicles through our cooperation partner mobile.De is compared with VEHICLE MARKETS switzerland 10 TIMES BIGGER.
Thanks to the integration of import-butler.Ch in mobile.De, find out quickly and easily what the car offers cost in CHF.
start your car import with the search for a suitable car offer abroad.
2. CAR IMPORT CALCULATION
To give you a real COST TRANSPARENCY to be able to offer, we have the first CAR IMPORT CALCULATOR switzerland launches.
the import calculation takes into account the exchange rate, german value added tax, swiss customs tax, transport costs, CO2 tax, motor vehicle inspection and registration.
If you have found a car abroad, you can calculate the car import costs online.
3. IMPORT A CAR
As an independent import specialist, import-butler will take care of the COMPLETE CAR IMPORT PROCESSING!
transport, customs clearance, CO2 sanction optimization, MFK inspection and registration in switzerland. within a short time you are already driving your new car!
once a suitable car has been found and the import costs have been calculated, you can start the car import process.
Frequently asked questions about car import switzerland
IS IT WORTH IMPORTING A CAR INTO SWITZERLAND??
The question whether a car import is worthwhile is probably the most important one MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION around the topic.
It can also be NOT with YES OR NO answer, but is DEPENDING ON FACTORS like car make, model, equipment, registration date and condition. many cars are available cheaper abroad, but some offers should be bought in switzerland.
you can see from the answer that the question is not so simple. Of course we know that too and would like to simplify things for you. For this reason we cooperate with mobile.De, the largest car exchange in germany (analogous to autoscout24.Ch in switzerland) to give you a wide choice of POSSIBLE import offers.
in every car detail view on mobile.De, you will find a "convert now" button on the right side to calculate within seconds all import costs (currency exchange, vat, transport, mfc and registration).
With the RESULT from the import calculation you can now get a direct COMPARISON ON AUTOSCOUT24.CH start. you will quickly find out whether importing a car to switzerland is worth your while or not.
If the import offer should be more favorable, we are to you for the complete import completion as neutral import specialist gladly aside.
DO I HAVE A WARRANTY ON MY IMPORT CAR?
if you import a car into switzerland, you have according to SWISS LAW OF OBLIGATIONS ARTICLE 210 PARAGRAPH 1, entitlement to a TWO YEARS WARRANTY since first registration abroad. However offer SOME CAR BRANDS even if you buy abroad 5 YEAR WARRANTY FOR ALL OF EUROPE to.
if you buy a new car in switzerland, you will often be offered a 5 year warranty with free service. The added value of these offers is of course reflected in the vehicle prices. as we know nothing is free.
If you import a car, it is now up to you to be satisfied with the two year warranty as set out, or simply to add an extra year of warranty CONNECTION WARRANTY about the import butler TO CONCLUDE.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN BUYING A CAR IN GERMANY?
If you import a car into switzerland, you are entitled to a direct SWISS LAW OF OBLIGATIONS ARTICLE 210 PARAGRAPH 1, entitlement to a TWO YEARS WARRANTY since the first registration abroad. However we offer SOME CAR BRANDS even if you buy abroad 5 YEAR WARRANTY FOR THE WHOLE OF EUROPE to.
If you buy a new car in switzerland, you will often be offered a 5 year warranty with free service. The added value of these offers is of course reflected in the price of the vehicle. As we know nothing is free.
If you import a car, it is now open to you to be satisfied with the two-year warranty as set, or simply to add an additional two-year warranty FOLLOW-UP WARRANTY about the import-butler TO CONCLUDE.
WHERE CAN I FIND VEHICLE OFFERS IN GERMANY?
car offers for buying abroad and importing into switzerland can be found on many internet sites. In contrast to autoscout24 in switzerland, mobile is the largest.De the largest car exchange in germany.
As the import-butler with mobile.De cooperates, you can calculate the import cost to switzerland in each vehicle detail view. Through this connection you can quickly and easily get the full cost transparency.
We wish you good luck with your search!
WHAT DOES A CAR IMPORT COST?
the cost of car import depends on the brand, selling price, weight, CO2 emissions and distance to switzerland.
don’t worry, with the car import calculator you can calculate all costs up to the swiss registration in seconds. of course the foreign and swiss value added taxes are taken into account.
Just try it. free of charge!
HOW TO HANDLE THE VALUE ADDED TAX?
If you buy a car in a foreign country, the selling price usually includes a value added tax. The nice thing about importing a car is that you can reclaim the value added tax after importation into switzerland. for this reason it is also important that your car offer contains the note "VALUE ADDED TAX CAN BE SHOWN" has.
The CURRENT for the VALUE ADDED TAX REFUND looks as follows in the overview:
- See pay the car including foreign value added taxes
- Your car will be registered at the foreign customs for exportation
- The car import is handled at swiss customs
- the swiss customs issues an import confirmation
- the confirmation is sent to the trader
- The seller will transfer the already paid value added tax back to your account
HOW TO IMPORT A CAR INTO SWITZERLAND?
when you import a car into switzerland, there are still some taxes that have to be paid at customs. in order for customs to even know what amount of tax is due, you need a swiss import declaration.
The import-butler imports so many vehicles, that he is of course also a swiss customs declarant and he can IMPORT DECLARATION ELECTRONIC can issue.
For the CREATION the following SUBMITTALS needed:
- Purchase contract (VAT should be shown separately)
- EC declaration of conformity (COC)
- Certificate of origin / EUR.1
- copy foreign vehicle registration
The CUSTOMS COSTS when importing a car CALCULATED:
- Purchase amount minus foreign taxes
- Currency exchange at the customs exchange rate
- 4 % automobile tax
- If necessary. weight duty (CHF 15.- per 100kg)
- On the total now 7.7 % value added tax levied
You can either pay the taxes at the border PAY or conveniently via the import-butler CUSTOMS ACCOUNT.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO CONSIDER WHEN IMPORTING WITH GERMAN CUSTOMS PLATES?
many car dealers abroad recommend a customs plate for their own transfer to switzerland. However, three things you should know about the customs plates.
A german CUSTOMS PLATES has ONLY a LIABILITY INSURANCE. This means that you will not have any insurance coverage for damage to your own vehicle during the drive to switzerland and until registration. Since you have just bought a new car and the driving experience has yet to develop over the months, the need for comprehensive insurance will naturally increase.
In order to take this risk off your shoulders, we have set up an import hull insurance with various swiss insurance companies INSURANCE SOLUTION developed.
A german customs plate has a certain VALIDITY PERIOD. The deadlines are between 5 AND 30 DAYS free to choose. Since you cannot expect an MFK inspection appointment immediately in switzerland, unless of course you use the MFK express service, RECOMMENDED the deadline of 30 DAYS to book.
If you transfer your car on its own axle with the german plate, you have to pay the EXPORT abroad and the IMPORT do it yourself in switzerland. Note that at many borders of the CUSTOMS REPORT at WEEKEND CLOSED remains.
As more comfortable TRANSFER SOLUTION, offers the CAR TRANSPORT BY TRUCK to. So there is nothing left for you to do but enjoy the anticipation of your new car.
HOW LONG DOES A CAR IMPORT TAKE?
If we can take care of the car import for you, the processing usually takes between 3 and 4 weeks. In most cases it is fast. However, we do not want to promise you anything false and for this reason we give a higher time span.
When importing a car there are many triggers for a time delay. This starts with the car dealer who can’t hand over all the papers immediately, continues with the heavy road traffic, the capacity at the customs offices, the speed to a MFK appointment, the insurance certificate that was issued incorrectly or simply several holidays.
as you can see, it is not possible to give an exact date for the import of a car. However, we are anxious to keep you always up to date.
CAN I REGISTER ANY CAR AFTER IMPORT?
unfortunately no, not every vehicle and yes the term vehicle is big, can be registered in switzerland. Basically, you do not have to worry about normal passenger cars that comply with all swiss standards.
For special vehicles, we recommend that you first contact the road traffic licensing office and clarify the eligibility for registration before buying.
DO I ALWAYS HAVE TO PAY A CO2 TAX WHEN I IMPORT A CAR??
A CO2 DEPOSIT must be paid only for cars that have been registered abroad for less than 6 months.
However, the amount of the levy is DEPENDENT from the VEHICLE MARKE, WEIGHT and CO2 OUTPUT.
find out the costs and more information here.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE MFK INSPECTION DATE??
If you as a private person want to present a car at the motor vehicle inspection, it takes between 4 and 6 weeks depending on the canton. especially if your license plate is only valid for 5, 15 or 30 days, your mood is likely to rise.
We know your challenge and for this reason we offer you a 5 working day MFK express service.
HOW TO RE-REGISTER YOUR CAR AFTER MOVING TO SWITZERLAND?
your car must be imported, inspected, insured and registered within one year when moving to switzerland. the "ubersiedlungsgut" form eliminates swiss automobile and value-added taxes. Read more