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Planning Car Delivery to Switzerland?

It’s not as difficult as you might think, with some preparation and a good car transport service your European car transport can go off without a hitch. Whether driving it solo or importing a vehicle with a vehicle delivery service you should always plan ahead when moving a car a long distance.

Before Car Transport to Switzerland

Before you drive your vehicle the length of Europe, or book ferry tickets and a trailer, it’s important to make some checks.

Documents: When you bring a car to Switzerland you will need to notify the DVLA to get a certificate of permanent export. UK taxation and licences may be used if you are staying for less than a year in Switzerland.

Check your car over: Before taking a car to Switzerland you should thoroughly clean and check it, inside and out. This not only helps prevent scratches but it also makes any damage caused during transport more visible.

Running condition: If you’re transporting a car that’s not been driven for a while you should make sure it’s working! If you’re quoting for a car on eBay then you should contact the seller for detailed info on the model. Note: cars imported from America must display KM on the speedometer.

If it’s a new car: bringing a brand new motor into Geneva will mean a number of charges – cars under 6 months old will be subject to import duty, Customs Duty, consumption tax, Vat and report fees (for registry).

Note: If you’re getting married, the car is being left via succession, or you happen be a foreign diplomat, then you are exempt from VAT and import duties!

Older cars: Those without a catalytic converter may not be allowed into Switzerland, so consider fitting one if you’re importing a classic car.

driver picking up car for transport to Switzerland

Choosing a Car Transporter

Getting a Zonda to Zurich is as easy as driving it there, but alternatively you might want to consider a professional car transport to Switzerland service to do the hard work for you.

Drive it Yourself: Driving your car yourself can be the most economical way to get it to Switzerland, and the most fun, but if you’re importing a vehicle then it doesn’t make sense to go and pick it up if you can find someone already going to Switzerland anyway.

Trade Plate Services: Popular with car auctions, you can hire a driver to bring your car over – especially cheap if you find a driver who needs to pick up a Swiss car anyway.

Single Transporter: Importing a car via a single car trailer is likely to be the most expensive method of car transportation, but it also carries the benefit of being one of the safest methods. You can choose from covered or uncovered transport.

Multi Car Transport: Using a large commercial style car transporter can save you a lot on importing cars, because your vehicle is sharing the journey with other cars you get to share the cost.

Shipping: If your motor needs to brave the high seas or at least the Channel then you have two shipping options. Containerised shipping is safer, but more expensive than other alternatives, whilst roll on roll off services are much more convenient.

When Looking for Car Transporters

Before hiring a car delivery to Switzerland transporter you should always check a couple of things.

Insurance: International transport companies should have comprehensive insurance to cover the value of shipping cars.

Going there anyway: If you can manage to find a car transporter who is already going to Switzerland you could save a great deal.

Getting a Car Into Switzerland

If you need to hire a delivery service for your Swiss car import, Shiply can help you find quotes. Searching for a number of transporters yourself is long winded and, to be honest, pretty boring, which is why Shiply bring the quotes to you.

Upload the specifics of your car transport to Switzerland such as where it’s going from and when. Then available transport providers will be able to quote you prices for the delivery of your car. Compare quoting companies based on their price as well as feedback they have received from other Shiply jobs.

You can pick whichever quote suits you best!

Once your motor is safely with you take some time to check it over and make sure it’s in the same condition as when it left.

You should check that the KMs on your car match up to the distance it should have travelled (minimal if using a trailer). Also check the paintwork to check that it hasn’t been scratched during the journey.

Keeping Your Car Abroad
To register your car in Switzerland you’ll need to

- Inform the Swiss authorities – bring your: driver’s licence, proof of ID, car receipt & proof of vehicle origin
- Pay VAT and import duty
- Get Swiss licence plates (customs will inform the Road Traffic Office (RTO) for you)
- Get an emissions test certificate
- Get a technical test from the Auto Club of Switzerland
- For more info contact the RTO

When you have time, please leave some feedback on Shiply for the car delivery to Switzerland service that moved your vehicle for you. Reviewing transport providers helps us provide a better service for our users.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

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