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General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

Hello to everyone!

I was amazed to find out that there is no "Sticky" thread about how to buy a second hand car in Swizerland, given there is so much good information about anything else!

I personally moving to Vaud and want to buy a car for about 6000CHF, but I think it will be great if someone can write some general information:
  1. What does the procedure of buying a car entail?
  2. Is it different to buy for a dealer or private person?
  3. Which documents do you need, and where do you find them?
  4. Is the Canton in which you buy matters? If so, what should you do if you buy in a different canton you live in?
  5. What should you try to avoid?
  6. what else should you know before buying a car?
Thanks!!
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

A sticky might be indeed useful. However, the answers to all your questions (and more) can be found by performing a search.
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

I did try to search quite a lot! there are many threads, but most of them concern buying from different countries and/or discuss a particular case... Maybe there is no "general info" one can give...
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

another question:

Where do you look for a car? I only found anibis.ch which is not really easy to search (at least in the cars section).
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

http://en.comparis.ch/carfinder/default.aspx
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

I think you haven't read the threads the search yielded you:
Yet another car buying/selling question
Buying used car - sequence of events?
Buying used car
Buying used car in CH.
complete newbie to buying a car in Switzerland
Buying 2nd hand car in CH
Help with questions before buying a car?

Hopefully these are a good start in answering your questions.
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

We own a house in Switzerland, which we partly rent. We come on holidaysmaybe twice a year and live in our flat.
I would like to buy a car here and keep it here.
Is that possible without being registered as permanently living here?

It seems as if you have to be registered at the "Gemeinde" and they cannot do that if you don't reside here permanently.
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

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We own a house in Switzerland, which we partly rent. We come on holidaysmaybe twice a year and live in our flat.
I would like to buy a car here and keep it here.
Is that possible without being registered as permanently living here?

It seems as if you have to be registered at the "Gemeinde" and they cannot do that if you don't reside here permanently.
Call the motor vehicle. They should know best!
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Re: General pointer for buying second hand car in switzerland

Thanks. I did do that, and I got the answer it could not be done, after talking to the person in charge, he agreed that if I could prove the ownership of the property, and provide a drivers license, they would register the car.
It has now been done, and it is nice to see a public servant that is prepared to do a bit of independent thinking.
It has helped me a lot and I appreciate that.
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