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We are leaving Switzerland in the coming months and we have a Subaru to sell. Apart from advertising on this website, where/how would you suggest we try to sell the car. We don't speak French so advertising in the paper would be difficult - although I can just get someone to write the ad for me in French and put it in a paper.

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Re: How/where Should I Try To Sell A Car In Lausanne?

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We are leaving Switzerland in the coming months and we have a Subaru to sell. Apart from advertising on this website, where/how would you suggest we try to sell the car. We don't speak French so advertising in the paper would be difficult - although I can just get someone to write the ad for me in French and put it in a paper.

Any other suggestions?

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You can use either the Car4You website, or alternatively advertise it on WRG-FM or GenevaOnline which attract a fair number of english-speaking expats from the region.

Finally, you can also try Romandie Occasion Center who buy used cars for resale (although you will get a lower price).
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Re: How/where Should I Try To Sell A Car In Lausanne?

Thanks Shorrick. This is just the info I need.

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How to sell a car, without a garage?

Hello!

All garages I have visited are offering me a price, which is at least few thousands CHF less than I have expected. I have compared my car to similar offers on www.autoscout24.ch and www.tcs.ch - sure that my car should cost more. I am not against to pay to a garage for help, but not a 3 000-4 000 CHF.

So, what is the right procedure to follow, if I want to sell a car NOT through a garage?

1) Advertise and find a buyer
2) ???
3) ???
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Please advice.
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

advertise on autoscout, etc
be patient
be prepared to wait
be patient

some garages will sell for you for commission. Did you own from new and did you service all the time at the "official" garage?
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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Hello!

All garages I have visited are offering me a price, which is at least few thousands CHF less than I have expected. I have compared my car to similar offers on www.autoscout24.ch and www.tcs.ch - sure that my car should cost more. I am not against to pay to a garage for help, but not a 3 000-4 000 CHF.

So, what is the right procedure to follow, if I want to sell a car NOT through a garage?

1) Advertise and find a buyer
2) ???
3) ???
...

Please advice.
Thanks!

I understand a typical garage expects to make about 2-3k on a typical used car. Expensive if you ask me, but then so is everything else here

I have sold two used cars privately in CH so far... not difficult (even considering my deutsch is nearly non-existent), but it certainly takes time. Advertise on car4you, autoscout etc, stick a few notes in your local Migros/Coop, and spread the word around at work etc.

and, dont forget the marketplace, right here at the englishforum..!
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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advertise on autoscout, etc
be patient
be prepared to wait
be patient

some garages will sell for you for commission. Did you own from new and did you service all the time at the "official" garage?
It was regulary serviced at the same offical dealer's garage - I have service book with garage's stamps.

However, the dealer's price for this car now is 6 000 less, than I've paid them last year. How could a car get cheaper for 6 000 CHF after one year? It's since the end of 1999 and has only 50 000 mileage and only 8500 are mine...
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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I have sold two used cars privately in CH so far... not difficult
Please share what to do if I have found a buyer?
What authorities to visit, whan to infom my insurance agency about the change, shall I pay any taxes, etc..?
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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However, the dealer's price for this car now is 6 000 less, than I've paid them last year. How could a car get cheaper for 6 000 CHF after one year? It's since the end of 1999 and has only 50 000 mileage and only 8500 are mine...
Easy. There is likely a new model or a facelifted version coming out early next year.

Plus cars depreciate faster than you can blink. I drove away with 95'000-worth of car in July and I'd say 21'000km later, it's worth 55'000 or so.
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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Easy. There is likely a new model or a facelifted version coming out early next year.

Plus cars depreciate faster than you can blink. I drove away with 95'000-worth of car in July and I'd say 21'000km later, it's worth 55'000 or so.
Okay...will sell it asap then...
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

what car are you selling?
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

Advertise it here too:

http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-wanted/
and
http://www.xpatxchange.ch/classifieds_1_3/
both are free.

New car dealers in the UK (and I assume here too as my local VW dealer offers 10% off all VWs just for asking) make next to nothing on new car sales, so they make their money on trade-ins. If you are not buying another car expect to get a very poor offer.
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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Suzuki Grand Vitara, 1999, 2.5L V6, 156 h.p., automatic gearbox...
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

Kein Problem. Die Frisörin möchten dein Auto !!
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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Kein Problem. Die Frisörin möchten dein Auto !!
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Who is Frisörin ?
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

A woman who would buy either a RAV4, MR2 or Vitara. It's for carrying her hairdressin' stuff, innit?
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Re: How to sell a car, without a garage?

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A woman who would buy either a RAV4, MR2 or Vitara. It's for carrying her hairdressin' stuff, innit?
RAV4 - I agree, but Grand Vitara (up to 2005 year) is definitely NOT a woman car. It's very good off road vehicle - quite often much better than Toyota Land Cruisers, Nissan Patrols, etc... since it's smaller, narrower, lighter, has powerful engine, iron frame and low gears.

What is MR2?
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What is MR2?
French for shit?
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How to sell my car in Zurich

We have just bought a new car VW Golf plus only 4 months old with 1500 km on the clock but are now moving. Was wondering what would be the best way to go about selling it and getting the best price for it. Taking into consideration that we don't speak German. We don't want to loose too much money on it hopefully.

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Re: How to sell my car in Zurich

There is always www.autoscout24.ch

You don't want to sell it through a dealer?

Why don't you post a nice add in the For Sale area of the forum? I am looking for a Golf, preferably a Golf V GTi.
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