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Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

To protect your cash, before you buy a used vehicle in the UK, you can check its details to see if it's been stolen, written off or has any finance outstanding against it. You can check online or by telephone using services from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and private vehicle check companies for a small fee (Approx CH40).

Is there an equivalent system in Switzerland

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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

I'm also looking for the same information if anyone has it.

Someone must have bought a used car and done this?


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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

I'm interested hoe much is to register a car in Switzerland.
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Seeing you don't seem to understand from your earlier post, it all depends on the car, the weight, the fuel and the canton. I hope this explains why nobody can answer your question as you have phrased it.

It is akin to asking how long is a piece of string.

As for vehicle checcks, the system here is a lot tighter than in the UK, it's all based around the "permis de circulation" or the Grey card, this is prove of ownership of the vehicle.
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Seeing you don't seem to understand from your earlier post, it all depends on the car, the weight, the fuel and the canton. I hope this explains why nobody can answer your question as you have phrased it.

It is akin to asking how long is a piece of string.

As for vehicle checcks, the system here is a lot tighter than in the UK, it's all based around the "permis de circulation" or the Grey card, this is prove of ownership of the vehicle.
Care to elaborate a bit on this Gray card (funny name, eh?), how it works exactly and why it's a lot tighter?
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Care to elaborate a bit on this Gray card (funny name, eh?), how it works exactly and why it's a lot tighter?
The vehicle docs prove ownership of the vehicle (they don't in the UK) - they also tell you when the car last changed hands, and the date of the last test - a list of any officially sanctioned modifications, whether the car is leased and all the official weights - eg towing weight

One isn't issued to the new owner unless insurance is in place - and then they'll also give you the number plates. If your insurance lapses - then a flag is raised on the system - your details sent to the police - who then collect your numberplates off the car - and send them back to the STVA.

You then get a big fine.

They know where you live!!
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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

I was talking about being able to find out if a car has been in an accident. Is there a way to search for this with the VIN? What is the best way to verify if a used car has a accident free history?

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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

Anyone know if this is possible? To check if the auto was in a accident or that the mileage on the car correlates with mileage recorded at each vehicle check?
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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

I would also need this, but afaik it's only possible if the car has been serviced in a dealership or VAG service. Then you can ask them for the service history, which of course, only tells you the km it had last by them.
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There is no central register in CH . Privacy is everything, so you have to keep your eyes open.

Consumer protection is a little lacking along with customer services.
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there is nothing app. http://www.englishforum.ch/transport...itzerland.html
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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

You can join the Swiss car club Touring Club Suisse, who will test and inspect a car for you. www.tcs.ch They can also report if a car has been repaired, i.e. evidence of welding repairs.

Due to the high labour costs here, most cars with serious damage are exported to cheaper countries for a repair, and never return. Likewise stolen cars tend to go eastwards, where they are scrapped for the parts which can be more profitable.

The pollution log book shows the odometer Kms and the date tested. The service documents show when the car was serviced and also the odometer kilometers. Rubber stamps from non dealership garages are not accepted. Altering documents and odometers here is a very serious offence, and not many would risk the penalty and a criminal record.

So generally you should avoid buying cars without sound documents.
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Rubber stamps from non dealership garages are not accepted.
By whom?

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The pollution log book shows the odometer Kms and the date tested. The service documents show when the car was serviced and also the odometer kilometers. Rubber stamps from non dealership garages are not accepted. Altering documents and odometers here is a very serious offence, and not many would risk the penalty and a criminal record.
They accept them just fine. just had mine done last week and it was no issue
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Many, many garages have refused to stamp my manufacturers service book. They point out all the information is on the invoice. This happens in Germany and in Switzerland, both German & French parts, so I don't know which planet you are on. Oh of course everything is different in Tessin isn't it.
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I fill in the service book myself, more than half the services on the BMW & Porsche , do I care what people think I have saved 30k in garage bills!

Well Porsche in Germany did stamp my service book in 2001, if a garage refused to stamp the book I would not pay them as I don't believe they have done the work, invoice or not!

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Many, many garages have refused to stamp my manufacturers service book. They point out all the information is on the invoice. This happens in Germany and in Switzerland, both German & French parts, so I don't know which planet you are on. Oh of course everything is different in Tessin isn't it.
seems you are living on a diff planet I kid I kid,
but even the emissions stamp dont go in the service manual, its separate.
anyways yes anyone has the right to fill in the service booklet and I think what you mean is that BEFORE warranty runs out you cannot have a non recognized dealer touch it or the warranty MIGHT be void.
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I think you will find the law changed, also with regard to service parts not sold by the manufacture. They may like to frighten you however it has no basis in law, CH customer service being lame at best
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Re: Vehicle Ownership / History Checks

I found this old thread and I have a similar question.

When buying a used car, is there a way to check who the actual owner is without the number plate, using just the Typenschein?

The Online platforms don't usually show the number plates.

Many thanks,
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I found this old thread and I have a similar question.

When buying a used car, is there a way to check who the actual owner is without the number plate, using just the Typenschein?

The Online platforms don't usually show the number plates.

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The legal owner is always in the top left corner of the typenschein.
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