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Hello everyone,

While selling a car in private there is any precaution or special attention to have in Switzerland? I have a person that look's like car dealer and would like to visit me, pay cash and take the car immediately. Is this usual in Switzerland?

Sorry, but this is the first time that I sell a car in Switzerland and would like to avoid any kind of problem, if someone already has a previous experience that can help.. would be very appreciated.

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Hello everyone,

While selling a car in private there is any precaution or special attention to have in Switzerland? I have a person that look's like car dealer and would like to visit me, pay cash and take the car immediately. Is this usual in Switzerland?

Sorry, but this is the first time that I sell a car in Switzerland and would like to avoid any kind of problem, if someone already has a previous experience that can help.. would be very appreciated.

Thank you
Only ever accept cash, is about the only rule & keep hold of your plates so you can cancel your insurance.
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Re: Sell car in private

Keep the grey paper on you if they take a test drive alone.
Be prepared for a low ball offer.
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Only ever accept cash, is about the only rule & keep hold of your plates so you can cancel your insurance.
Thank you!!

Regarding the cash.. that is because of the scams? Even with a document stating that I have received XX.XXX CHF?

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Thank you!!

Regarding the cash.. that is because of the scams? Even with a document stating that I have received XX.XXX CHF?

Thank you
Let's say you two sign a contract. You hand over key and papers; you consider the deal closed and well. When you phone the other guy to enquire about the misisng payment nobody answers, or he says he has no idea what you're talking about. Later on you find that the guy has sold the car forward, possibly after exporting it. Your insurance rightfully refuses to pay because you handed him keys and car, thus it's not theft.

Now what are you gonna do, pay many thousands for a lawyer to get you a few thousands in purchase price? Only to find out years(!) later that there's nothing left for the courts to lay their hands on?

Cash for car plus papers plus keys. Nothing else. Even (or rather, especially) if the car is in six-figures territory.

Never let a stranger test-drive alone. Never leave the grey card in the car (yes, you may have to pay a negligible fine for not having it with you if checked by the police - just say it's too risky, show the photocopy and you'll probably get off the hook for free anyway).
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Regarding the cash.. that is because of the scams? Even with a document stating that I have received XX.XXX CHF?

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Having bought 6 cars & 2 motorcycles in Switzerland & sold them all, thats 14 transactions. Every transaction was in CASH, which is how it works in CH.

When buying from a dealer I always got an invoice however when selling privately or to a dealer there was never any paperwork of any sort. Dealers certainly did not want a document saying the price they paid in cash, the figure was something they would make up in their accounts at a later date
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No paperwork when selling? That's risky - you're liable for defects for a couple of years after the sale by default, if you didnt waive that through a contract
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No paperwork when selling? That's risky - you're liable for defects for a couple of years after the sale by default, if you didnt waive that through a contract
That's never going to happen with a used car from a private seller.

1) The seller won't confirm you ever bought the car from him.
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2) He may offer a full refund of the 1 chf you paid for the car.
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No paperwork when selling? That's risky - you're liable for defects for a couple of years after the sale by default, if you didnt waive that through a contract
What liability for defects?

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Re: Sell car in private

Hi Everyone,

I have a quick question. I'm selling my car because I'm moving back to USA. Today I found someone that wants to buy it. Do you know what is the process for the paperwork? Do I need to make some sort of contract? Or just go to the vehicle office and request a transfer? please help!!
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Re: Sell car in private

The buyer gives you money, you give the buyer the keys and the grey card, and you hand in the plates.

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Is that easy? Really? Do I have to go with the new owner when I give back the plates?
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Is that easy? Really? Do I have to go with the new owner when I give back the plates?
No.

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The buyer gives you money, you give the buyer the keys and the grey card, and you hand in the plates.

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HI Tom

Ive seen separately that you take the grey card into the automobiles dept beforehand, im guessing this is the latter step, right?

Thanks for clarifying
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