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2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

Hi, I am thinking of buying a second car but will only drive one at any give time. I understand that it is possible to drive two cars on one plate.

Anyone know how to do this (where do I go, what forms are needed, what docoumentaion is needed) and what is the impact on annual car tax (I guess it runs at the higer rate of the two cars) and also car insurance (likewise I guess you have one policy , two cars and it runs at the higher rate?)..

Beyond this once set up can I take the plates of my existing car and hand carry them and place them on my new car and drive home or is an MFK etc needed first (car already has an MFK from another canton)

Finally anyone also know is it possible to change my existing square rear number plate to an oblong one or even better have both ie the square one for one car and the oblong one for the other?

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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

See this thread for some details

2 vehicles with 1 license plate

(If you skip the first few posts )
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

You go to your insurance with the grey card (or photocopy) and tell them that you want to put it on the same plate as your current car.

Then you go to the DMV with the grey card, and register the new car.

Then you take the plates off your current car and put them on the new one.

Then you drive away the new one.

To get a different sized plate, you will need to order it when you go register the new car. When it arrives, you bring back the old plate and exchange it (you cannot have both).

The liability insurance is for both, you only pay once, but teil or full kasko gets paid for each.

Taxes depend on the canton.

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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

Do you have to pay taxes for both? I'm also thinking of buying a small second car, and since I'm already paying more for my first and I'm only going to drive one at a time, probably paying for the most expensive car should cover both. Or not?
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Do you have to pay taxes for both? I'm also thinking of buying a small second car, and since I'm already paying more for my first and I'm only going to drive one at a time, probably paying for the most expensive car should cover both. Or not?
No, you need to pay the road tax for both.
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

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No, you need to pay the road tax for both.
But at least here in OW, the price for both is the same price as for one.

1 auto/1 plate: 498 CHF

2 autos/1 plate: 60 CHF 1st auto/438 CHF 2nd auto
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what is the impact on annual car tax (I guess it runs at the higer rate of the two cars)
Plus 67 Francs per year for the second car. (In Baselland that is. Varies by canton.)

Source (look for "Wechselschild")
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

Be careful if you live in Kanton ZH. The new car tax rules penalise heavy vehicles and/or large capacity engines. If you have Wechselschilder, then your tax is based on the most expensively taxed vehicle..

There is a lot of discussion that this rule is unjustly penalising people with motorised homes that they use for a month or so every year.
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

There's also some information in this thread;

Is this true?...Max 3 cars and 1 plate ?

The number of cars allowed varies by canton, which explains the 3-cars in the title, it can be 5 in some places.

Please remember that you can't park the non-used car(s) on the public road, ie: it must be on a private parking space, on private land or in a private garage...

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The number of cars allowed varies by canton, which explains the 3-cars in the title, it can be 5 in some places.
Sorry, but that's not true. Maximum two cars per set of plates according to federal law. Taxation varies by canton though.
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Sorry, but that's not true. Maximum two cars per set of plates according to federal law. Taxation varies by canton though.
With exceptions of course.

Here in OW:
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Ausnahmen: Veteranenfahrzeuge, Arbeitsmaschinen und Anhänger können mehrere im Wechselschild eingelöst werden.
You may have more than 2 "veteran" cars (30 years old or older) on a set of plates.
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You may have more than 2 "veteran" cars (30 years old or older) on a set of plates.
You're right. I forgot about the "veteran" exception. But that's also a federal rule that applies to all cantons.
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

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http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...wechselKS.html

So it turns out in ZH you only pay for the big one. Thank god the grand I'm paying for the behemoth of a car I "inherited" can be enough...
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

Can someone who frequently swaps plates between cars, please point me to a link to the magnetic plate holders? Are there any other type of quick swap license plate holders available as well?
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Can someone who frequently swaps plates between cars, please point me to a link to the magnetic plate holders? Are there any other type of quick swap license plate holders available as well?
I use spring loaded one, purchased at Migros.

Can take photos later.

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Can someone who frequently swaps plates between cars, please point me to a link to the magnetic plate holders? Are there any other type of quick swap license plate holders available as well?
The best magnetic ones are http://www.perfectclick.ch/

Not cheap, but top quality.
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Re: 2 cars , 1 license plate, how?

Sorry to revive such an old topic, but i was thinking about getting a civic for the daily driver, does anyone knows if the 2 cars 1 plate also works in St. Gallen?


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does anyone knows if the 2 cars 1 plate also works in St. Gallen?
All cantons.

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