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Buying 2nd hand car in CH

I am in the process of buying a second hand car in CH. Many garages offer a 12 months warranty for about 400-500 CHF from 3rd party such as Quality1. ARe they any good? what about small prints? Do they really cover you if something happen with the car.
Does any have an experience of having to use the insurance?

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Re: Buying 2nd hand car in CH

Did you ever get an answer for this? I'd love to know myself.
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Re: Buying 2nd hand car in CH

Read the small print of Quality 1 cover - it really isn't as comprehensive as you would like it to be.

Depending on the car will depend on what could go wrong within the first 12 months. Research likely failures, and double check whether the service history is up to date.

A big one worth checking is the cambelt - Zahnriemen
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Re: Buying 2nd hand car in CH

Before you even think of signing any contract or documents.

Do the following.

1. Check that the car has not been involve in any accident. There is a website for this in Switzerland. And if it has, check that the repair has been done the right way.
2. Find out in the Internet or Online Forums what are the common faults of the car you intend to buy. This will give you an idea on where to look for faults.
3. Check the Logbook of the Car, find out if the Head Gasket and/or Cambelt has been replaced. And whether it has been regularly serviced.
4. Check underneath the car to make sure there is not so much rust.
5. Haggle to get the best price. Use the outcome of point number 2 to lower the price. Say, the car is brilliant, but.. this and that, will cost me money to get it repaired.

And as suggested by dodgyken always read the small print.

Hope this helps you.

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Re: Buying 2nd hand car in CH

Thanks very much! Do you know the name of the website that gives the accident history of a car?
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Re: Buying 2nd hand car in CH

My recommendation would be is that

1) As soon as you home in on a car that you like. Take it for a test drive from the seller to see for yourself how it handles and then quickly pop in to your neighbourhood car garage and tell them that you are looking at buying the car and can they quickly do a check and tell you what could be the problems with it.. Rust, Dents,Suspension issues etc... They'll probably charge you around 50 bucks but will give you an unbiased opinion. (If you can take the logbook of the car is with you the garage can see it and tell you everything)

2) You buy from a large 2nd hand dealer and not individual sellers. With the large dealers they have a reputation to uphold so they will atleast try to help you if you get in a pickle. The individuals will vanish usually and will not hold themselves responsible once the transaction is done.

3) Always, always, always read the fine print on what is covered by the Guarantee and what is not. I got caught into this when I bought my car and 4 months later my 6 CD changer in the car went 'Kaput'. I went to the dealer and said I have a GOLD Guarantee so you have to fix it and he showed me the fine print and said no electronics were covered in it. I asked him why he did not tell me when I bought the car and he said well that was not his job. Although the price of a replacement stereo was small, I fought them hard based on the principle. After a few emails to the dealers bosses and a threat to get on every online blog that I can get on to DEFAME them. I was provided with a new one

4) Haggle, Haggle, Haggle...with cash in hand. Irrespective of what people will tell you. When the dealer sees a chunk of cash in hand he will not let you go. If you haggle and take up the dealers time and say that you will think about it and come tomorrow.. you can forget the car.. they get really pissed at you for doing that.

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Thanks very much! Do you know the name of the website that gives the accident history of a car?
My apologies, i got mixed up. The website was actually for buying used cars in the UK. But you should be able to obtain a certificate from the dealer here in Switzerland. It is called Unfallfrei, sans accident/non accidente

This is very important to ensure the car you intend to buy has not suffered any structural damage.
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... then quickly pop in to your neighbourhood car garage and tell them that you are looking at buying the car and can they quickly do a check and tell you what could be the problems with it.. Rust, Dents,Suspension issues etc... They'll probably charge you around 50 bucks but will give you an unbiased opinion.
For "50 bucks" you won't get much ! Most garages charge around Chf 120-140 per hour, so for 50 bucks you'll get a very perfunctory look over
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