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Old 16.06.2011, 13:15
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Going car-less. Strassenverkehrsamt requirements?

For reasons too dull to go into we are selling our car to a garage, and won't be buying another one just yet, we won't be needing one for a few months at least.

Does anyone know if we will need to do anything at the Strassenverkehrsamt as part of the sale, as we won't be registering as owners of a new vehicle? I don't know if we need to de-register as the owners of the current one, or anything similar.

(Grateful thanks in advance if you could avoid telling me how much better a price we could get with a private sale - it's a long story and not worth getting into )
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Re: Going car-less. Strassenverkehrsamt requirements?

You would have to turn in your plates, thus informing them that the car is no longer registered to you. Informing your insurance co. is to your advantage as well.
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You would have to turn in your plates, thus informing them that the car is no longer registered to you. Informing your insurance co. is to your advantage as well.
I was wondering about the plates, and figured they would just to go to the garage with the car - but that's not the case huh?
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Old 16.06.2011, 13:49
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I was wondering about the plates, and figured they would just to go to the garage with the car - but that's not the case huh?
The garage could also turn them in for you.

No need to notify your insurance, the DMV will do that once the plates are turned in.

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Re: Going car-less. Strassenverkehrsamt requirements?

Actually this depends on the garage... some deal with all this and some don't. Many independents and traders wont get involved

Last month I sold my merc to an independent garage and I had to take my car's führerausweis to the Strassenverkehrsamt and have it stamped as car sold which gave me until midnight that day to get the car to the dealer. The dealer required this endorsed document of which I received a copy.

From the insurance side to avoid all complication; you should take a another copy of the stamped log book and send it to the insurance company and cancel the policy, they would then refund you the rest of your premium. This is the best way of working and what we recommend to our clients when either leaving or changing policies to us.

If the garage won't send the plates in or seem iffy about it then simply send them yourself. You cannot hang onto them.

Please PM me if you need any further help.
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Re: Going car-less. Strassenverkehrsamt requirements?

Some years ago my girl friend sold her car to a small garage, the owner said he would hand the plates in to the Strassenvekehrsamt. Well he didn't and 4 months later in November I queried why the insurance was sending a renewal, only to be told that the car was still insured. The owner had given the car to his wife to use! I quickly went round and took the plates off!

My best advice is to drive the car to the dealer. Remove the plates. Take them to the Strassenvekehrsamt. Get the Grey/Beige car paper "Ausweis" stamped "Ungültig" and post it back to the garage.
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