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Buying a Second Hand Car

Hi

I am looking to buy a second hard from someone. Not going via the garage.

Wondering how the transaction should run?

I know that it would be good to have the Car checked by an independent mechanic ahead of buying it.

What all do I need to consider for the transaction:
Purchase Agreement.
How do I get the car registered in my name.

Any advise will be much appreciated.

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Re: Buying a Second Hand Car

Most, if not all, of your questions answered: selling a car - actual logistics of...

Normaly:
Pay price
Get gray card and keys.
Call insurance for quote.
Walk to SAN/StVA, with grey card.
Get new grey card and set of license plates.
Mount license plates.
Drive.
Pay bill from SAN/StVA.
Pay bill from insurance.
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Re: Buying a Second Hand Car

Thank You. I have been searching the forum as well.
Does it matter if the car is registered in another canton?
Also is a purchase agreement not needed in CH?
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Does it matter if the car is registered in another canton?
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Also is a purchase agreement not needed in CH?
Not needed. Is like selling any other movable item like a used TV, a book, a pair of jeans, a carpet (Antiques and livestock have some special clauses regarding warranty).
See the law: https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...ndex.html#a187
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Re: Buying a Second Hand Car

It is real easy. Insure the car, meet the seller at Strassenverkehrsamt where he turns in old license plates and gray paper, you get new plates and gray paper. Pay the seller, and give him a lift home. Strassenverkehrsamt is usually very quick, takes ca. 5 minutes.

I have bought one car like this and sold one car and a motorcycle. If you buy from an individual then the price is usually lower than from a garage. Cars are typically well serviced here, so if you buy a 5 to 10 year old car with 100K on it, and a good service history, then you are in safe territory.
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......Cars are typically well serviced here, so if you buy a 5 to 10 year old car with 100K on it, and a good service history, then you are in safe territory.
They generally are serviced on time, however just because it's serviced doesn't mean the last/previous owners have been sympathetic to the car, such as not riding the clutch, racing the engine from cold, running the oil too low etc.
It's well worth to get a test drive with the current owner driving to begin with.

I've seen 3 private cars here with a view to purchase, two had no oil on the dipstick whatsoever.

As always, it's buyer beware, and try not to buy someone else's problems.
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Re: Buying a Second Hand Car

You can get an insurance quote anytime, no need to wait until after you've bought the car. www.comparis.ch gives a good overview, though the cheapest isn't always the best. Getting a quote ahead of time also gives you the time to read the fineprint. If you want, you get the contract sent to you today with starting date to be filled out by you.

Usually, new insurance contracts come with a multi-year minimal duration. I wouldn't sign without an additional cancel date (e.g. roughly after twelve months), or minimum duration of just one year with automatic renewal for one year.

You may need to have the car checked by the authorities (MFK, Motorfahrzeugkontrolle). Standard periods are: after four years, then threee, two-year interval thereafter. Additional test is required upon ownership change if the previous MFK test is older than 12 months, I think this still applies. Thus you buyers typically want MFK less than twelve months old, which should uncover most technical problems that are detectable from the outside.
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Additional test is required upon ownership change if the previous MFK test is older than 12 months, I think this still applies.
Yes, this is the case, if the car is more than 10 years old.
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Yes, this is the case, if the car is more than 10 years old.
No, this is not the case. See the law: https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a33

Hint: It was item e which was removed 2012 https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official.../2012/1825.pdf

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No, this is not the case. See the law: https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a33

Hint: It was item e which was removed 2012 https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official.../2005/4111.pdf
Thank you. I was based on (in English) the information from Comparis:

https://en.comparis.ch/carfinder/inf...kontrolle.aspx

So, it seems they don't have that one updated...
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You can get an insurance quote anytime, no need to wait until after you've bought the car. www.comparis.ch gives a good overview, though the cheapest isn't always the best. Getting a quote ahead of time also gives you the time to read the fineprint. If you want, you get the contract sent to you today with starting date to be filled out by you.

Usually, new insurance contracts come with a multi-year minimal duration. I wouldn't sign without an additional cancel date (e.g. roughly after twelve months), or minimum duration of just one year with automatic renewal for one year.

You may need to have the car checked by the authorities (MFK, Motorfahrzeugkontrolle). Standard periods are: after four years, then threee, two-year interval thereafter. Additional test is required upon ownership change if the previous MFK test is older than 12 months, I think this still applies. Thus you buyers typically want MFK less than twelve months old, which should uncover most technical problems that are detectable from the outside.
I like long term insurance policies as the price can't rise, you just need to sell the car to cancel in any case.
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Thank you for all the inputs.
For the MFK, do I need to visit a Garage?
And do you know if any english speaking Garages in Basel?
Many thanks as always.
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