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Running a car in Switzerland

I'm again failing on the searching, lots of things grouped together in one post might not be helping...me I like breaking my topics into topics

I have seen mention of "40 CHF" for road tax, but sometimes mentioned in a yearly figure and sometimes in a monthly figure. Anyone clarify this?

I also believe there is road tolls on the motorways, again I have seen mention of getting the sticker thing for your window for a fee but not really any explanation of if you need to pay at booths as well?

Cost of fuel, this is always going up I know..so threads on this are pretty dated quickly. What is the current cost per litre?

Any other costs I should be aware of, other than garage bills and insurance (which I'm clear on)?
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

road tolls on motorways: 40 CHF per year flat fee

motor vehicle tax: depends on your car's engine http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...GEBvaAUTO.html

technical inspection: every two years, about 200 CHF

parking on public roads in your neighborhood: CHF 240 (Zurich)
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

the 40chf you mention is for the tollroad vignette that lasts a year, though often around this time of year you can get it for 35chf at eg Denner - there is no toll booths (but if you get caught without the vignette on the tollroad ....... )

price of gasoline, check http://www.benzin-preis.ch/ - they all run different x rappen off schemes if you're member of this or that

oh and btw, it's one vignette per car, bike, trailer etc - only valid if stuck to the car, just having it doesn't count
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

The road tax you mentioned sounds more like highway tax, that costs 40chf. More info follow link;
http://www.autobahnen.ch/index.php?lg=001&page=014

As for the road tax for your car, It has been mentioned before on this forum;
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As for fuel price; http://www.benzin-preis.ch/

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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

Thanks all.

Road tax is a bit more expensive than the UK, yes what a suprise .

Fuel however seems to be on par, which is nice to know.
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

Don't forget, you can run two vehicles on the same plate/tax/insurance!

(convenient when one has six motorcycles)

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Don't forget, you can run two vehicles on the same plate/tax/insurance!

(convenient when one has six motorcycles)

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I do that and it makes a big difference
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Don't forget, you can run two vehicles on the same plate/tax/insurance!
What? Could you explain that a little better?

We would have two cars, probably a 2ltr petrol estate car and a little town car (1.1 ltr petrol etc)

I have calculated 273 for the estate and 171 for the town car, would it be cheaper than that?

Also how does the insurance thing work? One car would be for my daily use the other for my wife but we'd both be insured on them.
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What? Could you explain that a little better?

We would have two cars, probably a 2ltr petrol estate car and a little town car (1.1 ltr petrol etc)

I have calculated 273 for the estate and 171 for the town car, would it be cheaper than that?

Also how does the insurance thing work? One car would be for my daily use the other for my wife but we'd both be insured on them.
You can share the plate, etc. between two vehicles, but you can't use them both at the same time, as you must phisically swap the plates.

So, if you have a daily commuter, and a weekend fun car, you're fine.

If you need both cars at the same time, this doesn't work.

You also can't have a motorcycle and a car on the same plate, either two cars or two motorcycles (unless they are over 30 years old, then it's seven)

Also, you don't need to keep your vehicles registered/insured year round. For example, I keep one bike registered (with it's own plate) April - September, another 2 (shared plate (May-October), and another three (1 shared, one separate) year round (they are older and only have basic insurance).

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You can only use one car at a time. You transfer the plates between cars.

Get a quote from ur insurance company. It was cheaper for me
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

I'd also add that the calculation of road tax (not motorway vignette) varies from kanton to kanton. Some kantons base their calculations on vehicle weight, others on engine size, others have combinations of weight and engine size and/or power output.
I'm in Basel Land, and am paying approx 640 CHF per year for my car. BL calculates on weight only, and as my car is *relatively* light (1570 kg), it is cheaper than my Wife's golf to tax. In other kantons, I would pay a LOT more, as it has a biggish engine and a lot of power- I think in Vaud I would be paying 800 CHF plus per year.
I don't know what cars you have or where you will be living here, but I'd suggest your road tax calculations are on the low side!
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Re: Running a car in Switzerland

I'm basing them on this link here:

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...GEBvaAUTO.html

Which is based on.

Fiat Panda 1.1 (1100 cc/cm3) = 248 CHF
Subaru Legacy 2.0 (1980 cc/cm3) = 395 CHF

Unless I'm being daft of course..
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