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Buying used car in CH.

How long would it take to make all the paperwork for buying a used car for cash in CH?
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

We bought one recently.

Saw the car on Saturday, said we'd take it, car was picked up on Monday afternoon.

Note, this was from a used car lot, and not a private person, so they know how to get the paperwork done and quickly.

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How long would it take to make all the paperwork for buying a used car for cash in CH?
We bought one last November from a used car lot in Zurich, and the paperwork took a week
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

So, up to a week. Great, thanks!
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

Realistically, it can be done in a day.

You just need the old registration from the seller, then you need to visit or phone your insurance agent and give them the info (they can send the insurance certificate to the DMV electronically these days), and then go to the DMV and wait in line.

This assumes the vehicle has been recently inspected.

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Realistically, it can be done in a day.

You just need the old registration from the seller, then you need to visit or phone your insurance agent and give them the info (they can send the insurance certificate to the DMV electronically these days), and then go to the DMV and wait in line.
This raises a question who's DMV and where to find it?
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

Agreed - if you already have a contact with an insurance company and know what you need to do, then you can get it done within the day. I did this in Geneva last year, buying from a private person who came with me so we did yll the paperwork together.
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This assumes the vehicle has been recently inspected.
unless the car has been unregistered for failing or missing an inspection, the inspection wont delay your registering - they will just send you an appointment when its due and they decide to slot you in.

- But I'd advise not to buy an older car that hasn't had a recent inspection (or a guarantee that it will pass)


Other than that it can be registered and on the road in as little as a couple hours (or max a couple days if your local DMV doesn't hand plates over the counter, and they get sent by post) - unless you leave it to the dealer to sit on until his weekly trip to the DMV.

DMV = Strassenverkehrsamt or correctly abbreviated to STVA
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

Depends on the dealer!!

There are loads of "export" dealers - which may flag cars as having an MFK - but in reality, you'll need to fresh test it when you buy it - and you don't know how much that will cost.

If you buying on a budget, look out for mechanics who sell cars - they will come freshly tested, are normally very cheap - and they are selling their skills rather than the car. They are normally the most honest and reliable sellers.

Ideally:

1) Find a car
2) Test drive/inspect the car
3) Agree a price freshly tested and serviced
4) Call an insurance company (comparis to get quotes - usually Allianz 24 or zurich24 will be cheapest
5) Agree insurance on the the phone.
6) The insurance company sends confirmation of insurance to STVA
7) Garage takes car to STVA for MFK
8) Garage collects the plates for you while they are there
9) You collect the car.

A good garage will do all that in under a week AND won't charge you any extra for the picking up of the plates - the bill for which will arrive in the post 2 weeks later from the STVA.
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This raises a question who's DMV and where to find it?
Department of Motorvehicles.

In Ticino it's in Camorino, don't know where it is in other cantons.

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Re: Buying used car in CH.

For private sale (no garage) - Can be done in one day if you want - once you have decided to buy the car,

1. arrange to meet the seller at the strassenvekehrsamt.

2. tell your insurer the date. They will email all necessary info to the strassenvekehrsamt.

3. on that day, meet the seller in the car park to do your final check of the car.

4. When all ok, he can remove the licence plates from the car

5. go in, grab one of the many desks and sign all the documents (get a printout of the contract from autoscout24.ch) and give him your cash. A photocopy machine is available for public use. He must give you the original registration cert.

6. seller will dump his old plates in the box provided and can leave.

7. you will queue up, return the old registration cert and get a new one for yourself, and collect the plates straightway.

8. All done in 15 minutes max, go outside, install the plates and off you go.

Alternatively, meet him somewhere else, post in everything. You get a discount for this, but it takes 3-4 days.
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

Just want to thank axman for this post (it has passed its "thankable" date - but can still give you a few greenies). It really is THAT easy to buy a car in a private sale.

For the information of those in the Lausanne area, you just go up to the Motor Registry in Blecherette (across from the little airport), take the old plates and rego to the first floor and take a number for one of the counters. As long as your insurance company has sent all the info through, it will all be done and dusted within 5 minutes.

Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't done it for myself.

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For private sale (no garage) - Can be done in one day if you want - once you have decided to buy the car,

1. arrange to meet the seller at the strassenvekehrsamt.

2. tell your insurer the date. They will email all necessary info to the strassenvekehrsamt.

3. on that day, meet the seller in the car park to do your final check of the car.

4. When all ok, he can remove the licence plates from the car

5. go in, grab one of the many desks and sign all the documents (get a printout of the contract from autoscout24.ch) and give him your cash. A photocopy machine is available for public use. He must give you the original registration cert.

6. seller will dump his old plates in the box provided and can leave.

7. you will queue up, return the old registration cert and get a new one for yourself, and collect the plates straightway.

8. All done in 15 minutes max, go outside, install the plates and off you go.

Alternatively, meet him somewhere else, post in everything. You get a discount for this, but it takes 3-4 days.
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

Any good websites to do preliminary searches of used cars?
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No

Except for www.autoscout.ch - which you wouldn't find if you type auto search into google.ch
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Re: Buying used car in CH.

How does it work if you buy a used car in a different canton?

Looking at used car prices, Geneva seems to be quite a bit cheaper then many other places in CH, and they also have a few of the cars i am looking for available..

Can the dealer down there take the car to the local STVA and get ZG plates issues for me so that I can jump on a train down there and drive it home, or will the car have to be presented at the STVA in ZG?
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Can the dealer down there take the car to the local STVA and get ZG plates issues for me so that I can jump on a train down there and drive it home?
Yes.

My stepson bought a motorcycle here (TI) and had them get ZH plates for it, no problem (just takes a couple more days to mail the plates).

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Can the dealer down there take the car to the local STVA and get ZG plates issues for me so that I can jump on a train down there and drive it home, or will the car have to be presented at the STVA in ZG?
Alternatively can you ask for all the papers, go to your STVA, get the plates and take them with you on your train ride...
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Depends on the dealer!!

There are loads of "export" dealers - which may flag cars as having an MFK - but in reality, you'll need to fresh test it when you buy it - and you don't know how much that will cost.

Approximatively, how much cost that inspection "MFK"?
What if the vehicle is coming from germany?
Can we trust the "german inspection"?

I am nearly sure we need to pass the inspection again in Switzerland-

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Re: Buying used car in CH.

MFK is about CHF 60 as I recall.

However, when importing a vehicle, there is usually another, more costly inspection, that is CHF 1000-1500 (I had to do that with a couple motorcycles, one brought with me from the US in 1986, the other bought new in Italy in 2007)

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For private sale (no garage) - Can be done in one day if you want - once you have decided to buy the car,

1. arrange to meet the seller at the strassenvekehrsamt.

2. tell your insurer the date. They will email all necessary info to the strassenvekehrsamt.

3. on that day, meet the seller in the car park to do your final check of the car.

4. When all ok, he can remove the licence plates from the car

5. go in, grab one of the many desks and sign all the documents (get a printout of the contract from autoscout24.ch) and give him your cash. A photocopy machine is available for public use. He must give you the original registration cert.

6. seller will dump his old plates in the box provided and can leave.

7. you will queue up, return the old registration cert and get a new one for yourself, and collect the plates straightway.

8. All done in 15 minutes max, go outside, install the plates and off you go.

Alternatively, meet him somewhere else, post in everything. You get a discount for this, but it takes 3-4 days.

Very good and clear instruction here that you shared with us. Do you know how the procedure would be if the seller and buyer live in different carton?

Thanks.
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