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Old 04.04.2020, 14:20
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

Extraordinary times need extraordinary posts.

Just to answer and correct some questions and misunderstandings.

- To register a car in Switzerland you must have a registered residence. It is possible that this residency is your holiday home.

- If you intend to stay for more than 90 days in Switzerland you must register a residency.

- Z-plates are not for exporting. Z-plates are used on imported but not yet taxed cars. Like when you move from abroad but your car does not fulfill all criteria to be a duty and tax free import. In that case tax and duty is deferred for up to two years and only has to be paid on the cars future value (which is normally much lower than at time of import).

- True export plates are not meant to be used on cars regularly driven in Switzerland. Also export plates are valid only for a limited time, usually to the end of the month (or for two weeks if the end of the month is close). To get export plates Swiss residency is not a pre-condition.
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