Zero-hassle Car Import Service in Switzerland

We Help You in Importing Cars to Switzerland from within and outside of Europe.

Import Your Car with Us

Whether you are moving from within Europe or outside, if you want to import your car to Switzerland, we can help you! There can be several reasons why you would like to import your car here. Maybe you have just bought the car, or maybe the resell value of your car is really bad in your home country, or maybe you are simply in love with your car. Whatever your reason is, we, at Autociel ensure that you get your favorite car imported to Switzerland in completely hassle-free manner, and at a reasonable cost.

Where Are You Importing the Car From

If you have just moved to Switzerland or looking at moving to this amazing country anytime soon, we can help you import your car. Autociel is the right choice for importing your car in Switzerland.

If you are bringing your car from within Europe, you can simply drive the car across boarders into Switzerland. However, official car import to Switzerland involves several steps and considerable paper works. Here’s how Autociel can help:

  • Step 1

    Once you get in touch with us, we provide a quote that includes the cost of importing and registering the car under Swiss license plates.

  • Step 2

    Once you’ve submitted all your details, our experts investigate further and explore whether your car is eligible for tax free import.

  • Step 3

    In the next step, we order all required paperwork for the car.

  • Step 4

    If the car is less than 6 months old, we arrange for a reduced CO2 fees, that benefits you further.

  • Step 5

    With all the paperwork in order, we organize the import process.

  • Step 6

    We help you in getting an advantageous insurance quote from our partner MySwissInsurance.

  • Step 7

    Finally, we arrange the compulsory car testing by the government, get the car registered under Swiss license plates and deliver it to you, key in hand, ready to drive.

Things to Keep in Mind

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    Right Hand Drive (RHD)

    If you are moving from the UK, chances are that your car is a Right Hand Drive (RHD). Please note that it is difficult to drive a RHD car in Switzerland and quite often the expatriates don't get used to it. If this is the case with you, please note, there’s almost no market for a RHD car here in Switzerland. In most instances, you need to re-import it to UK, in order to sell it. This is not the easiest thing! Therefore, we recommend not to import your RHD car to Switzerland.

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    Insurance Cover

    If you qualify to import your car tax-free as a moving good (you have owned the car for more than 6 months), you have 12 months to register your car under Swiss license plates, post you arrival in Switzerland. However, be careful, often the insurance company in your homeland does not cover your car in Switzerland. So, it is important for you to check with your insurance company whether they offer any cover in Switzerland once you settle in and if yes, then for how long do they do so.

If you’re considering importing your car from outside Europe, it’s important to get all the information first. It can be costly and complicated, and your current vehicle may not even be well adapted for Swiss road conditions. Here’s how Autociel can help:

  • Step 1

    Once you get in touch with us, we provide a quote that includes the cost of importing and registering the car under Swiss license plates.

  • Step 2

    Once you’ve submitted all your details, our experts investigate further and explore whether your car is eligible for tax free import.

  • Step 3

    In the next step, we order all required paperwork for the car.

  • Step 4

    If the car is less than 6 months old, we arrange for a reduced CO2 fees, that benefits you further.

  • Step 5

    With all the paperwork in order, we organize the import process.

  • Step 6

    We help you in getting an advantageous insurance quote from our partner MySwissInsurance.

  • Step 7

    Finally, we arrange the compulsory car testing by the government, get the car registered under Swiss license plates and deliver it to you, key in hand, ready to drive.

Things to Keep in Mind

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    Satellite Navigation

    Often the SatNav fails to work properly or not at all in Switzerland. While it's possible to update it, this can be very complicated and costly. We recommend using a Tom Tom if your system doesn't work properly in Switzerland.

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    Radio Frequencies

    If you are importing your car from outside of Europe, chances are only 50% all radio frequencies will work in Switzerland.

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    Servicing and Repairing

    As American cars are different from those in Europe, even those manufactured by European brands, there might be difficulties in servicing and repairing them in Switzerland, as well as in reselling them. We normally recommend selling them at 20% under the market price for comparable cars in Switzerland.

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    Registration and Insurance

    If you qualify for importing your car as part of your moveable goods (i.e. you have owned the car for more than 6 months), in theory you only have 12 months to register your car with Swiss license plates. However, 99% of all-American insurance companies will refuse to cover your car in Switzerland. This means, it is wise to register it as soon as you arrive here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wait until I have the car for 6 months and then import free of taxes?

No, you can’t. The 6 months apply exclusively on your own official entry date in Switzerland.

Yes, we deliver the car ready to drive at your place.

Not really. It is the usual costs of having a car registered in Switzerland: insurance costs, plates and annual road taxes from the government and so on. Get In Touch with our experts for more details.

For an EU car, it usually takes 4-5 working days. For none-EU cars, it can vary. But in most of the cases, it take approx. 2-3 weeks from the time we receive the car and all required documents.

By planning the process in advance and making sure all required documents are available. Fill up our Import Form to get a quotation from us today. Click Here for the Import Form.

Your car will be driven during the process. However, the car will be fully covered by our professional plates/insurance.

You simply need to choose the insurance you want to use. We can help you for that as well. Click Here to know more.

If you were the official owner/main user of the car for at least 6 months before your own official entry date in Switzerland, you can qualify for tax-free import. Please note, you must have been out of Switzerland for at least 1 year.

You would need to terminate the lease/finance plan before importing the car in Switzerland.

Yes, we can offer this unique service.

Yes, we can offer this unique service.

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