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Car Import Switzerland

How to find, calculate and import your new car into Switzerland.

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Find out how easy it can be to import a car into Switzerland with Import-Butler.ch.

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1. Car transport by truck

If your new car arrives in Switzerland SAFELY AND FAST, we load your car directly at the dealership of your choice by a Swiss transport company with the truck.

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Import Customs

2. customs clearance and VAT

The fact that after the direct import of the car you also receive the already PAID VALUE ADDED TAX from the car dealer, your car will be cleared through customs at the foreign customs’ office, exported and imported into Switzerland.

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CO2 tax levy

3. processing the CO2 tax

Cars that have NOT been registered abroad LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS and are imported into Switzerland may have to pay a CO2 tax at the Federal Roads Office.

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Motorfahrzeugkontrolle

4. motor vehicle control for import cars

Every car imported into Switzerland, whether new or used, must be inspected by the Swiss Motor Vehicle Inspectorate.

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Import Versicherung

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.

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6. register import car in Switzerland

After all auto-import steps have been carried out, you will receive SWITZERLAND APPROVAL and your license plate.

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Frequently asked questions about Auto Import Switzerland

The question of whether it is worth importing a car is probably themost frequently asked question on the subject.

It can also NOTbe answered with YES OR NO, but is DEPENDENT ON FACTORS such as make, model, equipment, date of registration and condition. Many cars are cheaper abroad, but some offers should be bought in Switzerland.

You can see from the answer that the question is not quite simple. Of course we also know this and would like to simplify things for you. For this reason, we cooperate with mobile.de, the largest car exchange in Germany (analog Autoscout24.ch in Switzerland), in order to provide you with a large selection of POSSIBLE IMPORT OFFERS.

In every car detail view on mobile.de, you will find a “now convert” button on the right side to calculate all import costs (currency change, VAT, transport, MFK and registration) within seconds.

You can now start a direct COMPARISON ON AUTOSCOUT24.CH with the RESULT from the import calculation. You will quickly find out whether importing a car into Switzerland is worthwhile for you or not.

If the import offer should be more favorable, we stand for you for the complete import completion as a neutral import specialist gladly to the side.

If you import a car into Switzerland, you are entitled to a TWO YEARS WARRANTY SERVICE since first registration abroad in accordance with SWITZERLAND OBLIGATION RIGHTS ARTICLE 210, PARAGRAPH 1. However, some car brands also offer a 5 YEARS GUARANTEE FOR THE WHOLE OF EUROPE when purchased abroad.

If you buy a new car in Switzerland, you are often offered a 5-year warranty with free service. The added value of these offers is naturally reflected in the vehicle prices. As we know, nothing is free.

If you are importing a car, you are now free to settle for the two-year warranty, or simply to CONCLUDE an ADDITIONAL WARRANTY through the Import Butler.

If you import a car into Switzerland, you are entitled to a TWO YEARS WARRANTY SERVICE since first registration abroad in accordance with SWITZERLAND OBLIGATION RIGHTS ARTICLE 210, PARAGRAPH 1. However, some car brands also offer a 5 YEARS GUARANTEE FOR THE WHOLE OF EUROPE when purchased abroad.

If you buy a new car in Switzerland, you are often offered a 5-year warranty with free service. The added value of these offers is naturally reflected in the vehicle prices. As we know, nothing is free.

If you are importing a car, you are now free to settle for the two-year warranty, or simply to CONCLUDE an ADDITIONAL WARRANTY through the Import Butler.

You can find vehicle offers for buying abroad and importing into Switzerland on many websites. Unlike Autoscout24 in Switzerland, Mobile.de is the largest car exchange in Germany.

Since the import-butler cooperates with Mobile.de, you can calculate the import costs into Switzerland in every vehicle detail view. This connection gives you full cost transparency quickly and easily.

We wish you every success in your search!

The cost of importing a car depends on the make, retail price, weight, CO2 emissions and distance to Switzerland.

Don’t worry, with the Autoimport calculator you can calculate all costs up to Swiss registration in seconds. Of course, foreign and Swiss value added tax are also taken into account.

Just give it a try. Free of charge!

If you buy a car abroad, the sales price usually includes VAT. The nice thing about importing a car is that you can reclaim the VAT after importing it into Switzerland. For this reason, it is also important that your car offer bears the note “VAT ID“.

The procedure for the VAT refund is as follows:

  1. You pay the car including the foreign VAT
  2. Your car is declared for export at the foreign customs office
  3. The car import is handled by Swiss Customs
  4. Swiss customs issues an import confirmation
  5. The confirmation will be sent to the dealer.
  6. The salesman transfers you, the already paid value added tax back to your account

If you import a car into Switzerland, you still have to pay some taxes at customs. A Swiss import declaration is required for customs to know which tax amount is due.

The import-butler imports so many vehicles that he is of course also a Swiss customs declarant and can issue the import declaration ELECTRONIC.

The following DOCUMENTS are required for the COMPOSITION:

  1. Purchase contract (value added tax should be shown separately)
  2. EC Declaration of Conformity (COC)
  3. Certificate of origin / EUR.1
  4. Copy of foreign vehicle registration

The CUSTOMS COSTS for importing car are CALCULATED as follows:

  1. Purchase amount minus foreign taxes
  2. Currency exchange at the customs exchange rate
  3. 4 % automobile tax
  4. Weight duty if applicable (CHF 15.- per 100Kg)
  5. The total is now subject to 7.7 % value added tax

You can PAY the taxes either at the border or conveniently via the import-butler CUSTOMS ACCOUNT.

Many car dealers abroad recommend a customs plate for their own transfer to Switzerland. However, there are three things you should know about customs plates.

A German CUSTOMSID has ONLY ONE LIABILITY INSURANCE. This means that you have no insurance cover for damage to your own vehicle during the journey to Switzerland and until registration. Since you have just bought a new car and the driving experience still has to develop over the months, the need for hull insurance is also increasing.

In order to relieve you of this risk, we have developed an import comprehensive insurance solution with various Swiss insurance companies.

A German customs code has a certain VALIDITY TIME. The periods are freely selectable between 5 AND 30 DAYS. Since you cannot immediately expect an MFK inspection date in Switzerland, unless of course you make use of the MFK Express Service, we RECOMMEND booking the period of 30 DAYS.

If you transfer your car on your own axle with the German sign, you must carry out the EXPORT abroad and the IMPORT in Switzerland yourself. Note that at many borders the CUSTOMS SWITCH remains CLOSED at the WEEKEND.

AUTOTRANSPORT WITH THE TRUCK is a more comfortableTRANSPORT SOLUTION. So you have nothing else to do but enjoy the anticipation of your new car.

If we are allowed to import the car for you, the process usually takes between 3 and 4 weeks. In most cases it goes fast. However, we do not want to promise you anything wrong and for this reason we indicate a longer period of time.

There are many triggers for a time delay in a car import. This starts with the car dealer, who cannot hand over all the papers immediately, continues with the heavy traffic, the capacity at the customs offices, the speed up to an MFK date, the insurance certificate that was issued incorrectly or simply several holidays.

As you can see, an exact appointment announcement is not possible with Auto Import. However, we are anxious to keep you up to date at all times.

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 check their eligibility for registration before purchasing.

A CO2-ABGABE must only be paid for cars that have not been registered abroad for more than 6 months.

However, the amount of the levy depends on the make of vehicle, weight and CO2 emissions.

You can find the costs and further information here.

If you are a private individual and would like to present a car at the motor vehicle inspection, it takes between 4 and 6 weeks, depending on the canton. Especially if your customs plate is only valid for 5, 15 or 30 days, your mood is likely to rise.

We know your challenge and therefore offer you a 5-working-day MFK express service.

When you move to Switzerland, your car must be imported, checked, insured and registered within one year. The form “personal effects” eliminates the Swiss automobile tax and value added tax. Read more

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