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Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Hi all,

I have searched the forum for an answer but can't seem to find what I am looking for.

We will shortly be leaving switzerland permanently. We will be selling our car before we leave. I know we then need to do something with the licence plates.

Can anyone advise me on where to return these to? Also, is there a cost associated with this at all?

Many thanks for your help.
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Old 31.01.2011, 13:27
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

BS plates right?

Take 'em back to the issuing authority - on Clarastrasse.

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Re costs - probably not, although I am not sure. You should, however, get money back on your road tax.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

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Hi all,

I have searched the forum for an answer but can't seem to find what I am looking for.

We will shortly be leaving switzerland permanently. We will be selling our car before we leave. I know we then need to do something with the licence plates.

Can anyone advise me on where to return these to? Also, is there a cost associated with this at all?

Many thanks for your help.

Yes, I will be leaving soon too! I will return the number plates to the authority for Baselland as I live in Binningen. Looking forward to getting some money back for the road tax and for the insurance. But I have to first sell the car. Any tips?
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:08
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... But I have to first sell the car. Any tips?
Clean it well and don't be greedy.

Use this for a pricing guide (& to sell it if you want): Autoscout24

I also suggest taking lots of photos with a wide-angle lens and posting as many as poss on the ad. I personally never look at ads without a photo.
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Clean it well and don't be greedy.

Use this for a pricing guide (& to sell it if you want): Autoscout24

I also suggest taking lots of photos with a wide-angle lens and posting as many as poss on the ad. I personally never look at ads without a photo.

Thx for the tips, have even priced it lower than market value...seems slower than I thought it would be.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Make sure you publish the advertisement on as much websites as possible an keep in mind for has been said above (don't be too greedy). Also place the ads in shops (MIGROs) located in your neighborhood.

Good luck!
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

We are looking to sell our car soon as well. I actually asked the dealer where we bought it and they buy cars... do you think the dealers actually offer good prices? I've pretty much read on here that everyone uses autoscout. I'll probably still get a price from them just to satisfy my curiousity but didn't know if anyone had gone that route or had experience with trying to.
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We are looking to sell our car soon as well. I actually asked the dealer where we bought it and they buy cars... do you think the dealers actually offer good prices? I've pretty much read on here that everyone uses autoscout. I'll probably still get a price from them just to satisfy my curiousity but didn't know if anyone had gone that route or had experience with trying to.
The dealer will invariably use the Argus, which calculates basic values with prems and discounts for mileage/options etc. You can get a copy i think from TCS or you can check on Autoscout which is good advice to judge what the dealer is offering you.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Thanks grumpygit for the input and advice. We will probably end up going the autoscout route but I may also check out what the dealer has to say so its good to know what to expect going into it.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Hi there,
I have left Switzerland too and will soon get my new F plates.
I have read that it isn’t mandatory to return the number plates when one (and the car) has definitely left Switzerland.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on the way to proceed when leaving the country on the web site of the “Office des véhicules”.
Does anyone know the right way to proceed ?
Do I also have to return the circulation permit once the car is registered in France ?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Yes, otherwise you will need to keep paying Swiss insurance and taxes.

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I have read that it isn’t mandatory to return the number plates when one (and the car) has definitely left Switzerland.
That is only true for special export plates you can get from SAN/StVA. Regular plates have to be returned.
Not sure, but I think you should get the gray card stamped as void.
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Re: Leaving switzerland permanently - what to do with car licence plates?

Thanks. I will send back the number plates and the circulation permit to the “Office des véhicules” and hope they will be happy with that.
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