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Old 02.06.2016, 15:27
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Actually not a storage fee, since when you get a new vehicle they give you the old plates for free, assuming that they're still yours; i.e. if it's within the year that they hold it for you, or that you've already paid for extending the hold.

I think this fee (30CHF in ZH) when getting them back for the same car is an "admin" fee and a deterrent of sort. If I had a car with expensive insurance and tax, and time on my hands, I could go on Friday, take the plates, drive for the weekend, and then Monday morning give them back, thus drastically reducing the insurance/tax costs for the year (with the credits, and refunds).

Putting a fee acts as a friction cost on top of wasted time, etc.




You can always "forfeit" the old plates (if they're deposited) and ask for new ones. They'll just charge you the normal 40 CHF issuing fee (20 per plate).
As always it depends where you live. It's not free to re-use the same plates on a new car in every canton. You pay an admin fee to get them back irrespective of whether you use them on the same car or a new one in some cantons, they do have to send someone to get them from their storage facility after all.
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Old 02.06.2016, 15:33
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they do have to send someone to get them from their storage facility after all.
They don't in Ticino, they are stored with all the other plates, on site, no extra effort, or time, required.

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Old 02.06.2016, 16:10
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They don't in Ticino, they are stored with all the other plates, on site, no extra effort, or time, required.

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They're stored on site here too but going to the room with stored plates and retrieving a specific set still takes more time than picking up a random new number plate from the box behind the counter.

I guess they don't charge a storage fee in Ticino since there is no extra time or effort involved for them there.
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In the UK, none of the normal places would change the battery on a genuine Longenes watch belonging to my fiancée. They all needed to send it away to get a quote except 1 jeweller who charged £38 for 2 minutes work. CHF 40 would be a bargain-
This is not that unusual with better watches. Sometimes it takes a special tool to open the back which the average store doesn't have. Or they might know that the gasket needs replacing and don't stock the parts.

I've had the same experience even with a Tissot in Finland. Most of the stores gasped and said "ooh it's a Tissot" (tells something about the watch culture...) and immediately said it needs to be sent to a watchmaker. One of them took a look at the caseback and said they don't have the required tool. Looking at it, I would not know how to open it without scratching it.

Eventually I just took it to a watchmaker and he changed it. Cost: 7€.

In the end it's a bit inconvenient but also a sign of some knowledge because they won't try to open the watch by force or void the warranty.
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Old 02.06.2016, 17:12
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I once changed my watch battery in Manor and paid chf 40. few weeks ago I changed the battery for the same watch in Germany and paid €5.95. I don't particularly like to shop outside CH but here the prices are too high.
or you get the tools and do it yourself. Unless it's a Rolex .... but then Fr. 40.00 shouldn't matter
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or you get the tools and do it yourself. Unless it's a Rolex .... but then Fr. 40.00 shouldn't matter
If you pay CHF 40 to replace a battery on a Rolex you either have an Ostyerquartz or you also pay extra to get the extra light blinker fluid for your Porsche.
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The right hand side mirror has fallen off my Volvo V70. To replace, what basically amounts to a small piece of glass, will cost me 125.- FFS
What's stopping me from cutting a piece myself?
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Old 20.06.2016, 11:19
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The right hand side mirror has fallen off my Volvo V70. To replace, what basically amounts to a small piece of glass, will cost me 125.- FFS
What's stopping me from cutting a piece myself?


Nothing at all. I'm guessing that you've either got a lot of experience in cutting and grinding glass, or none whatsoever. Contact lenses are also basically a small piece of glass.


Oh, and there is the minor matter of the plastic clip that holds the glass into the housing.


Try Ebay.

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The right hand side mirror has fallen off my Volvo V70. To replace, what basically amounts to a small piece of glass, will cost me 125.- FFS
What's stopping me from cutting a piece myself?
Why not just buy on Ebay for £5.99
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Right-Heat...YAAOSw-jhUH4yU
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Old 20.06.2016, 11:22
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The right hand side mirror has fallen off my Volvo V70. To replace, what basically amounts to a small piece of glass, will cost me 125.- FFS
What's stopping me from cutting a piece myself?
You not wanting an American narrow field of of view flat mirror, but an European curved wide field of view one.

PS: Please still turn your head when you change lanes.

PPS: Mr. fatmanfilm's one is curved.
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Contact lenses are also basically a small piece of glass.
Not since a very long time ago!
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Not since a very long time ago!


With the exception of this forum I try to limit my exposure to the 20th century.


I stand corrected.
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The right hand side mirror has fallen off my Volvo V70. To replace, what basically amounts to a small piece of glass, will cost me 125.- FFS
What's stopping me from cutting a piece myself?
Yes. What is stopping you?
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Problem solved. It's not what you know.....
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Problem solved. It's not what you know.....
I've never claimed to know anything...
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Unbelievable rip off experience.

Bought plants earlier in the year - and 1 of them died immediately - in fact it probably died last year - but was sold because the difference between dead and dormant can be hard to spot.

What a con - its not like they are replacing it free of charge.






Oh - it is actually they are replacing it free of charge (after we emailed them a picture of our ornate stick bush!).
(When I pick the plant up I will have a chat to them about what is expected of the Swiss by Expats when it comes to service).
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Old 22.06.2016, 14:07
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Unbelievable rip off experience.

Bought plants earlier in the year - and 1 of them died immediately - in fact it probably died last year - but was sold because the difference between dead and dormant can be hard to spot.

What a con - its not like they are replacing it free of charge.






Oh - it is actually they are replacing it free of charge (after we emailed them a picture of our ornate stick bush!).
(When I pick the plant up I will have a chat to them about what is expected of the Swiss by Expats when it comes to service).

You do realise that the live ones require more maintenance, right?
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Old 22.06.2016, 14:10
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You do realise that the live ones require more maintenance, right?
Garden maintenance is a Sisyphus task!
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Garden maintenance is a Sisyphus task!
I thought that was stonework?
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Old 22.06.2016, 18:20
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Unbelievable rip off experience.

Bought plants earlier in the year - and 1 of them died immediately - in fact it probably died last year - but was sold because the difference between dead and dormant can be hard to spot.

What a con - its not like they are replacing it free of charge.


Oh - it is actually they are replacing it free of charge (after we emailed them a picture of our ornate stick bush!).
(When I pick the plant up I will have a chat to them about what is expected of the Swiss by Expats when it comes to service).
Which will be something like "thank you very much, you're too kind" yes. YES?
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