I know this post's been due for some time. But we're finally done with the whole process, so I can tell you all how it's done. ^^ So if you want to buy your car a lot cheaper than you would in Switzerland, and you're not afraid of a little paperwork, keep reading 'coz I'm about to tell you all the secrets of the trade. ;)So we started out by checking out the (second hand) offers on www.mobile.de, and comparing the prices to the Swiss ones (astonished sighs). Then we contacted the seller, who happened to be a salon near Berlin. After having agreed on the price, etc. we asked him to produce the EUR1 and EU Conformity documents along with all the other papers. We also asked for a temporary license plate, which costs around 300 euros for a month. (And good that we did because this way we could use the car while arranging all the paperwork.)
Then my hubby jumped on a plane and drove the car to Hungary, where we spent the Easter holidays. Once we were back to Switzerland, we had our 13.20A document stamped at the customs office (for this we needed the original documents of the car, certificate of road worthiness, bill etc.), which we then took to Port Franc in Geneva. There we had to pay the Swiss customs and VAT and some administration fee. The former two amounted to some 12% of the purchase price.
We quickly signed up with the OCAN for a technical inspection, handing in the originals of the documents listed here (in French): 13.20A; certificate of road worthiness; EU Conformity; the document they gave us at Port Franc. We also made photocopies just in case. They gave us a date and time for a month later, but I harassed them some in person, so we got one in a week. =) Well, as appointments have to be cancelled 48 hours earlier (otherwise the fee is to be paid!), a good number of slots are available for the determined (/desperate ^^). Note that the emission control has to be carried out before the technical inspection. I was also told that if we happen to be unable to produce some of the documents till then, we could submit them later on, when we go to pick up the plates.
So we quickly had an emission control here (took around 5 minutes), for CHF 39, which is funny considering that the slip of paper we needed for the control cost CHF 50 at Emil Frey. (I picked that up beforehand and decided immediately that I'd sooner deal with the devil than that bunch of arrogant jerks.) and couple of hours later we went to have the technical inspection. Ours was a fairly new car with EU conformity, so it didn't take long (20 minutes) and was hassle-free.
We couldn't pick up the plates the same day, because we still needed insurance. That was done online, in a couple of clicks. A friend suggested Zurich connect and, indeed, it had really nice prices. So we went with them and they even sent the confirmation to the OCAN so we didn't have to wait for it to arrive by post or print anything. Note that it's not automatically done, we learned that the hard way. You have to call them, confirmation number at hand, to ask them to send it to the office.
So in a couple of weeks we were able to pick up the plates. At the OCAN office you can get a sheet with the list of documents needed. I had to fill it in and hand it in, so I don't have it any more, but I remember that my hubby's permit and passport were among them, along with the insurance documents (emailed by Zurich connect), the 13.20A document and the German road worthiness certificate and the documents we got at the customs office.
Couple of weeks later we received a bill of the registration fee (some CHF 95), the plates (CHF 40) and the consumption tax. Allegedly upon sending the "Attestation d'immatriculation" and the customs forms to the dealer, he's supposed to give us back the German VAT, though we're still waiting for this to happen. ^^ He says the German customs will send him something as well... well, we'll see. =)))
OK, I hope that covers everything. =)
Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to do my best to answer. ;)
Have a nice weekend.