Moving to Germany

#1
Hi I will be moving to Germany in @ Febuary tme and waws trying to get things orted out. can anyone tell me what i need to carry in my car incase of emergency. and also who does car/home insurance for forces in BGF.

Thanks
 
#3
redwhiteandblue said:
Hi I will be moving to Germany in @ Febuary tme and waws trying to get things orted out. can anyone tell me what i need to carry in my car incase of emergency. and also who does car/home insurance for forces in BGF.

Thanks
You will need a warning triangle, first aid kit (unopened and suitable for use in Europe - all decent car accessory shops sell them), and kit to change a wheel, personally I would arrange breakdown cover and carry a credit card but it not a legal requirement. My insurance has always been through AXA and they have cover me worldwide - home, personal and kit.
 
#4
thanks for all these tips they are great help what i need to know now is do i have to wait to get headlighhts or does anyone know where i can get european ones here in the uk before i go.
 
#5
Cheaper to get them over there. The Forces newspapers tend to have reams of pages of people selling continental headlights off as theyre posted back to UK

Just stick some black tape across the beams or buy beam deflectors to get you over to there, then look over in BFG

What Car have you got? Stick an ad in the classified section on here, never know you might be lucky and get 'em sorted before you go.
 
#7
Try www.headlamp-shop.com. They are germany based and deliver to your home. They are a little bit more expensive but you could contact them now and see what they've got in stock.
 
#9
New German laws require you to have either all-season tyres, or a set of specific winter tyres. If you don't have these, you may run into problems when trying to BFG (forces version of an MOT) your car. Where are you posted to? It is always useful to seek out a German speaker within the unit - he may know of better insurance companies than the dreaded NAAFI who will rip you off, or AXA who are cheap for some, not for others. Hope this helps a little.
 
#10
Going to Fally will probably be around March April time, as I have been informed that Glasgow are concentrating on re-enlistments rather than transfers at the moment, so it looks like i will miss out on the winter rules for this year. which on the other hand means i will need to get new insurance into an insurance year aswell.
 
#11
Try not to move around that time it is slap bang in the middle of transfer to JPA and the consequences could be :puker:
 
#13
you should have a bit of time once your in Germany before you have to BFG your car (I think it used to be 30 days). If you cant find headlights second hand from someone returning to the UK then you can get Mehrwertsteuer (tax free) off of them by getting the forms from your base admin office. Once at your unit find out which insurance is valid for BFG as there used to be problems with some companies not covering BFG use even on a green card policy.

Speak to a senior VM when you get to your unit as they normally know the best places for cheep parts.

Your receiving unit should be OK with you having time to sort your car out as they have all been through the same so should be sympathetic.
 
#15
Rockstar said:
New German laws require you to have either all-season tyres, or a set of specific winter tyres. If you don't have these, you may run into problems when trying to BFG (forces version of an MOT) your car. Where are you posted to? It is always useful to seek out a German speaker within the unit - he may know of better insurance companies than the dreaded NAAFI who will rip you off, or AXA who are cheap for some, not for others. Hope this helps a little.
You can BFG on any road legal tyres, German law will ‘take into consideration’ what tyres you have fitted if you cause an accident or obstruction and have ‘unsuitable tyres’ for the prevailing road conditions.
 
#16
I'd just echo what CAARPS said, you can BFG (read MOT) your car with whatever tyres are fitted. Some (not all) German insurers will possibly not pay a fully comprehensive claim if you do not have appropriate tyres fitted. You could also get fined by the German police if you cause an obstruction or accident with inappropriate tyres fitted to your vehicle. My tip would be (if your tyres are near replacement levels) changing to all season (M&S) tyres. However, with the current winter you may be OK for the rest of the year.

Looking outside for the snow clouds...

AXA have been good for me - and relatively cheap for car insurance.

Apart from the fact that it's Falling-f-ing-B enjoy your tour!

{edit to add} You do have 30 days from arrival to BFG your car.
 
#18
ADAC are still the best bet for roadside assistance/recovery. Very cheap. You can get the premier cover for you and wife for 75 Euros. You still get 30 days from the day you get to germany to get your car inspected, although this does depend on the date you give to the BFG clerk (not that I am condoning lying). The Sixth-Sense newspaper is always inundated with continental headlights for sale so you may be in luck. Another thing to be aware of on your car is the rear foglight, it may have to be re-wired to show the light on the other side. You may be lucky and have both rear fog lights on but if not it is a fairly easy job which, if you are not confident of doing, most REME tradesmen will do it for a beer.
 
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