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Buying and registering a car?

I will be in the area for 8 months and I am looking at buying and registering a car for the period. (Anyone know of a nice late 80's BMW 3 series cabrio?)
My question is about buying and registering on tourist plates. Anyone have any suggestions about how I can go about it ???
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

Why do you want to do that ? Hassle and expense for less than a year ? I would rent ad hoc.
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I will be in the area for 8 months and I am looking at buying and registering a car for the period. (Anyone know of a nice late 80's BMW 3 series cabrio?)
My question is about buying and registering on tourist plates. Anyone have any suggestions about how I can go about it ???
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I will be in the area for 8 months and I am looking at buying and registering a car for the period. (Anyone know of a nice late 80's BMW 3 series cabrio?)
My question is about buying and registering on tourist plates. Anyone have any suggestions about how I can go about it ???
As far as I am aware it is not possible to register a car in Switzerland unless you have a permit to be here. I've never heard of such things as tourist plates in Switzerland. What type of permit do you have, and have you thought of asking at your local traffic authority for the information?

When I first arrived I bought a car, but it had to sit at the dealership for two months while I waited for my work permit to come through. I was only allowed to register the car in my name once I had my permit.
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

You may be able to get Z-plates for exporting the car but if you're in the area of Lugano, are you in fact over the border?

And why would you want a heavy old slab of BMW creakiness?
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

Thanks all .....

..... You may be able to get Z-plates for exporting the car
Do you have any info on this

But if you're in the area of Lugano, are you in fact over the border?
Yup - on the Italian lakes.
Can't register a car here without residency - but I heard on a grapevine that the Swiss have tourist plate system where a foreigner can register a car as a tourist - a registration that is valid through Europe. But that's the info I can find.

Somebody does this .... at a fee! I expect it could be done directly.
http://www.swissplates.com

... And why would you want a heavy old slab of BMW creakiness?
I own a BMW 2002 back in Oz and love it.
a late 80s car won't depreciate (cos it already has - and has lost most of its "wank" factor)
Just a bit of sentimentality I guess
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

do you speak Italian?

http://www.ti.ch/DI/DI/SezC/argoment...one/index.html

It does not appear to offer too much information on export plates and to be honest I don't know if you can get them as a non-resident.

Are you illegally in Italy if you have no residency?
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Re: Buying and registering a car?

Thanx for that - I have had a look and a combination of my limited Italian and Babel-Fish tells me that this is a temparary transition to another (overseas) registration. It also looks like the export plates replace existing (Swiss) plates.

I am legally in Itally - an EU citizen by accident of birth.
Have applied for Permission to Stay and Residency - but this could take a month or two or three or four to come through.
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