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Petrol vs Diesel car, and other simple questions about cars in CH

We are moving out to Zurich in January and I'm wondering what to do about a car when we get to CH. We will bring out a British car with us, and either sell it to an ex-pat returning home or get someone to take it back to the UK when they come and visit us but will then need to buy a Swiss car.

So, will I be able to get finance to buy/lease a car? I don't like having loads of capital tied up in a depreciating asset so would rather lease or at least finance it if possible. I have a very good UK credit rating and will have a decent Swiss salary but obviously no credit history in CH.

I see in CH there are a lot of petrol versions of cars which in the UK only come as diesels, is there a particular reason people buy petrol instead of diesel cars? It will be used for trips over to Normandy in France (holiday home) and back to the UK as well as being a family car in Zurich, and normally I'd be looking at a diesel but does petrol have tax advantages? I'm looking at a new or lightly used RR Evoque, Audi Q5 or similar, or the sensible option of a new Dacia Duster, or the more silly option of a 6+ year old Cayenne S if it makes a difference to the maths.

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