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Hi All, I've found the need to buy a car, and don't know how it works here... In the US, the agreed upon price doesn't normally include taxes and registration. How is it here?

Are there annual inspections like some States in the US? What about registration renewal?

What about insurance? In the US, at the point of sale you must have insurance. Normally one already has insurance and can just switch over to the new car. I know there are sites where you can compare insurance rates, but you must know what car in order to know what the rates between the companies are. Since I don't know what car it's difficult to know how to compare companies...

Is there any advantage to paying cash, in terms of negotiated prices?

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Re: buying a car

Put in an effort and use the search function:

1. look at cars, get an insurance quote. You need the vin number for an exact number
2. buy the car. Private you might negotiate a bit. Dealer not so much

When private
3. Meet the seller at the "dmv" or go by yourself. He will have given you the original grey card (every car has this) which will be cancelled and a new one in your name written
-Have the insurance set up ready to go with an agent and inform him the dmv will be calling. They will then send proof of insurance to the dmv

4. They will hand you your plates. around 100 chf

You will later be send a roadtax bill and your insurance bill ( Both can be paid bi-anually if I am not mistaken.

If from Dealer
they will set everything up for you. still do your own insurance though and expect to pay about 500 extra for all the work done.(registration)

You will also be invited to have a check up done at some point after the sale


Thats about it; unlike the USA you cannot drive for a while without insurance, registration.
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Put in an effort and use the search function:

1. look at cars, get an insurance quote. You need the vin number for an exact number
2. buy the car. Private you might negotiate a bit. Dealer not so much
eh? Don't think you need to get a quote before you buy a car. Also, why wouldn't you negotiate with the dealer?

You have several negotiating points with the dealer actually.

Will he include the registration process in the price?
What about throwing in a set of winter tyres?

Of course the price itself is also very much negotiable. Have a good look around on autoricardo etc. to get an idea of the price range of the type of car / year you are going for and use this as a baseline with which to negotiate.

I agree with Anthony, all the paperwork regarding insurance and registration need to be in place before you drive off.
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Re: buying a car

I would suggest buying a car from a private person only if the car still has some factory guarantees. normally dealers are providing some guarantee if the car is over the factory guarantee period.

administration as described below, but if you do it by yourself is not much complicated.
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I would suggest buying a car from a private person only if the car still has some factory guarantees. normally dealers are providing some guarantee if the car is over the factory guarantee period.

administration as described below, but if you do it by yourself is not much complicated.
You still believe dealer guarantees are actually worth much ?
(manufacturers guarantees are usualy ok)
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No definietly not. Manufacturer guarantees are better of course, but manufacturer guarantees are just in place until certain conditions such as mileage or years. after this period the dealer can provide some options for the buyer.
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