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Old 07.06.2011, 12:40
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Re: What's the process with number plates when buying a car from another canton?

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This is correct- I bought my car privately from a guy in St Gallen. He went to his MFK to cancel the grey ownership paper; you then need this to take to the BS (or BL, can't remember which kanton you're in!!) MFK office to obtain your new ownership paper and to get your license plates. You will also need an insurance cover note. It will probably seem like the car's ownership status is in limbo while all this is sorted out!
The strassenverkehrsamt office for BS and BL cantons is the same for both

To find all offices in CH, go to http://www.asa.ch/de/index.php?page=289&langId=1.
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Re: What's the process with number plates when buying a car from another canton?

You can do this and you then have that day only to still drive.
They normally charge you a special insurance for 24-72 hours until the plates come back.

Alternatively you could have cancelled at the new cantonal office with the buyer and left your old plates there. The new canotnal office would cancel your Grey card and issue a new one to the buyer at the same time. This would then be communicated to your cantonal office. It works quite well.

I've only once bought/sold a car in the same canton in 12 years here
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