Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:00
poptart's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,785
Groaned at 33 Times in 28 Posts
Thanked 3,013 Times in 1,242 Posts
poptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond repute
Two more burning questions....

I've always been curious as to why a couple of the cars in my garage frequently have their plates removed. Is this a Swiss anti-theft device or something else? Just seems odd to see a car without plates unless it's going to the junkyard.

And one of my neighbors uses her balcony as a giant recycling/rubbish center and also wondered if this is common practice since it would seem easier to drop off your recycling whenever you go by the grocery than to have a bunch of giant bags that you deal with less frequently.

Maybe I have weird neighbors, but I've often wondered about these.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:02
Caviarchips's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Basel Stadt
Posts: 3,979
Groaned at 99 Times in 77 Posts
Thanked 6,677 Times in 2,388 Posts
Caviarchips has a reputation beyond reputeCaviarchips has a reputation beyond reputeCaviarchips has a reputation beyond reputeCaviarchips has a reputation beyond reputeCaviarchips has a reputation beyond reputeCaviarchips has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
I've always been curious as to why a couple of the cars in my garage frequently have their plates removed. Is this a Swiss anti-theft device or something else? Just seems odd to see a car without plates unless it's going to the junkyard.

And one of my neighbors uses her balcony as a giant recycling/rubbish center and also wondered if this is common practice since it would seem easier to drop off your recycling whenever you go by the grocery than to have a bunch of giant bags that you deal with less frequently.

Maybe I have weird neighbors, but I've often wondered about these.
Same plate - different cars - one winter, one summer?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:04
The_Love_Doctor's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Zugerberg, Zug
Posts: 3,271
Groaned at 72 Times in 58 Posts
Thanked 3,715 Times in 1,747 Posts
The_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
I've always been curious as to why a couple of the cars in my garage frequently have their plates removed. Is this a Swiss anti-theft device or something else? Just seems odd to see a car without plates unless it's going to the junkyard.
Well that's an easy one, if you declare your vehicle as off the road, you have to hand the plates back to the Strassenverkehrsamt.

Quote:
View Post
And one of my neighbors uses her balcony as a giant recycling/rubbish center and also wondered if this is common practice since it would seem easier to drop off your recycling whenever you go by the grocery than to have a bunch of giant bags that you deal with less frequently.
I don't go shopping very frequently and don't like to do the recycling everytime I go shopping so I just pile it there until there is enough for me to bother with it. It's dry, and sorted by bag so no hurry to dump it
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank The_Love_Doctor for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:06
Vlh22's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: UK, formerly Vaud
Posts: 1,319
Groaned at 3 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 1,983 Times in 642 Posts
Vlh22 has a reputation beyond reputeVlh22 has a reputation beyond reputeVlh22 has a reputation beyond reputeVlh22 has a reputation beyond reputeVlh22 has a reputation beyond reputeVlh22 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Regarding the car plates, I think that here you can have interchangeable registration plates (if you have more than one vehicle but don't plan to use them both at the same time). So the cars minus number plates are 'spare' cars!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Vlh22 for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:12
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Two more burning questions....

A good reason why so many of our friends have camper vans - as long as they only use one at a time, they only need one set of plates and just a bit more on Insurance.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:12
poptart's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,785
Groaned at 33 Times in 28 Posts
Thanked 3,013 Times in 1,242 Posts
poptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
Regarding the car plates, I think that here you can have interchangeable registration plates (if you have more than one vehicle but don't plan to use them both at the same time). So the cars minus number plates are 'spare' cars!
I don't think the one car I see most often with the plates off is a 2nd car...I mean, the owner takes them off for the weekend, then pops them back on for Monday. The garage is small so....dunno. That's what makes it so darn curious.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:17
Slaphead's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,223
Groaned at 34 Times in 30 Posts
Thanked 9,408 Times in 2,870 Posts
Slaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
I don't think the one car I see most often with the plates off is a 2nd car...I mean, the owner takes them off for the weekend, then pops them back on for Monday. The garage is small so....dunno. That's what makes it so darn curious.
It probably means that the owner is burning around in his Ferrari, Porsche, Veyron etc at the weekend (which is kept in a different location), and then puts the plates back on the banger for the daily commute.
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank Slaphead for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:22
cannut's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: canada
Posts: 6,912
Groaned at 182 Times in 142 Posts
Thanked 6,191 Times in 3,404 Posts
cannut has a reputation beyond reputecannut has a reputation beyond reputecannut has a reputation beyond reputecannut has a reputation beyond reputecannut has a reputation beyond reputecannut has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

PopTart the neighborhood spy
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank cannut for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:24
mirfield's Avatar
Moddy Wellies
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 8,728
Groaned at 53 Times in 47 Posts
Thanked 9,937 Times in 3,652 Posts
mirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Apparently if you have some plates, but no car, you are legally entitled to drive his car around the garage.

That's why he keeps the hot wheels out of sight.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:28
Tom1234's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kanton Luzern
Posts: 16,525
Groaned at 582 Times in 457 Posts
Thanked 24,743 Times in 9,962 Posts
Tom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond reputeTom1234 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
It probably means that the owner is burning around in his Ferrari, Porsche, Veyron etc at the weekend (which is kept in a different location), and then puts the plates back on the banger for the daily commute.
I knew someone who did this. They drove a second-hand VW Golf to work and had a Porsche Cayenne for the weekend.

He didn't want his staff to know what he paid himself (compared with what he paid them).
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Tom1234 for this useful post:
  #11  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:29
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 32,246
Groaned at 2,468 Times in 1,785 Posts
Thanked 39,343 Times in 18,544 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
I don't think the one car I see most often with the plates off is a 2nd car...I mean, the owner takes them off for the weekend, then pops them back on for Monday. The garage is small so....dunno. That's what makes it so darn curious.
I have two swapable plates myself.

I did once find myself in Italy with no plate, though (left it on the other bike), had to discretely slip back into CH!

Tom
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:32
ThomasT's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: The Village
Posts: 732
Groaned at 30 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 569 Times in 286 Posts
ThomasT has an excellent reputationThomasT has an excellent reputationThomasT has an excellent reputationThomasT has an excellent reputation
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
Regarding the car plates, I think that here you can have interchangeable registration plates (if you have more than one vehicle but don't plan to use them both at the same time). So the cars minus number plates are 'spare' cars!
Plus you only pay insurance and taxes for one car if you use "Wechselnummern".
Whats the 2nd burning question by the way? :-)
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank ThomasT for this useful post:
  #13  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:39
Middan's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Valais
Posts: 16
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 14 Times in 7 Posts
Middan has earned some respectMiddan has earned some respect
Re: Two more burning questions....

As I understand it, one set of plates can be used for up to two different vehicles. Its common around here, for people to have a works vehicle for during the week and swap it for the saloon car at the weekend or similar.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:40
The_Love_Doctor's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Zugerberg, Zug
Posts: 3,271
Groaned at 72 Times in 58 Posts
Thanked 3,715 Times in 1,747 Posts
The_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond reputeThe_Love_Doctor has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
And one of my neighbors uses her balcony as a giant recycling/rubbish center and also wondered if this is common practice since...
Quote:
View Post
Whats the 2nd burning question by the way? :-)
The recycling one! lol
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank The_Love_Doctor for this useful post:
  #15  
Old 16.03.2012, 16:47
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 32,246
Groaned at 2,468 Times in 1,785 Posts
Thanked 39,343 Times in 18,544 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
one of my neighbors uses her balcony as a giant recycling/rubbish center
We do as well.

We empty the glass/cans once a week or so, same with paper and compost.

Ashes from the grill every few months.

Tom
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #16  
Old 16.03.2012, 17:00
dodgyken's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Democratic Republic Kenistan
Posts: 10,653
Groaned at 280 Times in 231 Posts
Thanked 19,403 Times in 7,402 Posts
dodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Numberplates - the car without them is usually being sold on EF for more than its worth - and so will sit there for months until the seller realises it isn't sold, and won't sell - so sells in to a dealer for 50% of the price.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank dodgyken for this useful post:
  #17  
Old 16.03.2012, 17:46
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 541
Groaned at 7 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 211 Times in 136 Posts
naza is considered knowledgeablenaza is considered knowledgeablenaza is considered knowledgeable
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
I've always been curious as to why a couple of the cars in my garage frequently have their plates removed.
After reading this first sentence I was going to ask who removed the plates from your cars.... seeing as its your garage
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 16.03.2012, 18:43
GarryBasel's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Basel
Posts: 105
Groaned at 8 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 49 Times in 29 Posts
GarryBasel has earned some respectGarryBasel has earned some respect
Re: Two more burning questions....

So. I have two cars. can I just pay for one set of plates? How? We rarely us both cars at once.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 16.03.2012, 19:09
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Two more burning questions....

Rarely is far too often You can only have one set of plates if you NEVER use both at the same time. Mind you, farmers around here don't seem that bothered.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 16.03.2012, 19:41
saint7uk's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Samstagern
Posts: 989
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 586 Times in 358 Posts
saint7uk has a reputation beyond reputesaint7uk has a reputation beyond reputesaint7uk has a reputation beyond reputesaint7uk has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Two more burning questions....

Quote:
View Post
So. I have two cars. can I just pay for one set of plates? How? We rarely us both cars at once.
Yes you can put them on "Wechselschilder" and the most powerful / expensive car is what the insurance is based on...ish...

THis is most likely the case with the people in the garage or as Ken most amusingly says someone who can't sell it or they could be a trader and only put the plates on as they need it...
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two burning questions poptart Daily life 26 12.03.2012 23:05
Two questions for English speakers ThomasT General off-topic 118 23.10.2011 10:06
Two quick SBB ticket questions richardm Transportation/driving 6 28.07.2009 14:18
more tax questions amogles Finance/banking/taxation 4 26.08.2008 16:38
And more permit questions... MaryT Permits/visas/government 2 10.04.2007 17:02


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 06:18.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0