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Buying a used car as a visitor

Hello All,

This is my first post. I have read a lot and really enjoy this forum. I have a few questions about buying a car in either CH or an EU country. I am a dual citizen US and CH. I would like to come to CH for an extended stay and see if it is possible to find employment perhaps move permanently. I would like to buy a used car to make my searching easier. Would it be better to buy it in an EU country (cheaper, bigger selection, I notice CH has a Craigslist but not much is listed whereas Paris has lots of used cars)? If so, I have read so much about "import taxes" but if I am a visitor I am not really importing it anywhere I am just using it and then reselling it. Why can't it just remain registered in France? Speaking of registration, how can I register it in France? Do I need a French address? I'm sorry for all the perhaps naive questions but I'm not sure where to ask. I've asked the Swiss consulate here in the US and was just told about the import tax.

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Old 12.08.2011, 08:36
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Re: Buying a used car as a visitor

Diane, perhaps you can buy it in France (don't know about insurance and registration, you might want to check with people who live there). You can certainly bring it in Switzerland, as long as you don't keep it here longer than 6 months (people correct me if I'm wrong). After that period of time it must return to France, or you have to import it (which you certainly don't want to do...although it depends on how deep the Euro goes).

Being a Swiss citizen you can buy and register the car here. Check out options at www.autoscout24.ch. The selection is huge, and you get guaranteed vehicles (anytime between 3 months and 1 year if it's a used car dealership). I don't think it will be very convenient for you to claim warranty on a car in France being in Switzerland (I mean...the drive to get something repaired).

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Re: Buying a used car as a visitor

The car will need to be registered and insured somewhere. If only a visitor in CH, and not a registered resident, this would not be possible in CH.

I am not too familar with France, but the burecracy is the same if not worse with cars from what I know. If I understand correctly, you want a french registered car with no French address? Still you would need to register and insure it somehow.
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Re: Buying a used car as a visitor

Thank you, it sounds like buying a car in CH and using my cousins address temporarily and then switching when I find residence will be the best way to go.
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The car will need to be registered and insured somewhere. If only a visitor in CH, and not a registered resident, this would not be possible in CH.

I am not too familar with France, but the burecracy is the same if not worse with cars from what I know. If I understand correctly, you want a french registered car with no French address? Still you would need to register and insure it somehow.
French insurance co's are easy going, they will even insure GB registered cars for long periods.
For registration you will need to show a utility bill, to show your name at a real address in FR-
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Re: Buying a used car as a visitor

Sorry for the double post, but seems you are the same poster on another thread and considering where to live. To be honest, car ownership here is expensive and a hassle, especially if living in the big cities, Zurich and GVA which you seem to be considering. In Geneva, a car is more a liablity than a help, with public transport so good and parking a nightmare. Do you really need a car? I would highly recommend a public transport pass or mobility car share for the initial period until you settle somewhere and decide if you really need a car or not.
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Re: Buying a used car as a visitor

Yes, thank you. I agree with you. I was thinking that in the beginning a car would be useful but that once settled, especially in a bigger city, that a car would not be needed. I maybe should look instead at renting or leasing for a month or so instead. All the replies are really helping me to sort things out. And yes I did put out a few posts. Thank you for your patience and help.
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"Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

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