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Old 07.05.2012, 06:59
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How would one go about an even trade in Switzerland?

Last night a friend of mine fell in love with my BMW and I fell in love with his rusty old Chevrolet. So we would like to do an even trade for our cars. I paid earlier this year 870 CHF for the yearly tax on my car. My friend paid also a near amount for his '57 Chevy. When we do a trade is there a tax for that? Do I have to pay another near 900 CHF all over again? Tried searching and searching but could not find any information in English. In Texas we have something called an equal trade and you just pay 5 US dollars and the document transfer fee at the DMV and you're done. Anything similar to this in Switzerland?
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Last night a friend of mine fell in love with my BMW and I fell in love with his rusty old Chevrolet. So we would like to do an even trade for our cars. I paid earlier this year 870 CHF for the yearly tax on my car. My friend paid also a near amount for his '57 Chevy. When we do a trade is there a tax for that? Do I have to pay another near 900 CHF all over again?
I think what normally happens when you replace one car with another is that the tax you've paid is compared with the tax that would have been payable on the new car, and any difference is paid/refunded. Only times I've done it have been to more expensive ones, so been asked to pay the difference each time, but I assume a refund would be given if the other way round.

It's worth remembering that the tax is on you, not on the car itself (as it would be in the UK and, by the sound of it in Texas too), so is not transferable if a car changes hands.
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Old 07.05.2012, 10:05
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Re: How would one go about an even trade in Switzerland?

When you de-register a vehicle, you get the remaining tax back, pro rated (i.e. if you de-register at the end of June you get half back, etc.)

There is no tax to be paid when changing ownership.

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Re: How would one go about an even trade in Switzerland?

Yeah. What he said... pro-rata blah blah blah.... Um, can I see the Chevy? Pics please????
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I paid earlier this year 870 CHF for the yearly tax on my car.
Good grief. Makes tax on my Fiat 500 look like dropping pennies in a fountain.
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