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Selling my car - What do I need to give the buyer?

I'm selling my car to another private party in Zurich. The car is registered in Switzerland. Does anyone know the exact process for changing ownership? thanks
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

not exactly 100% sure, but pretty much it is when you hand over the fahrzugausweis for cash. You can make them sign something that says you make no guarantees or representations as an extra precaution to protect yourself. But basically he or she who holds the fahrzugausweis is the owner of the car in switzerland.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

you're about 20% sure then

When you sell the car, the easiest thing is to do it in the carpark of the Strassenverkehrsamt. You can then go and get your car papers cancelled in the office and hand your plates in.

You then give the cancelled paper to the new owner along with keys, etc.

They will either get daily plates or have a certificate for insurance and get their plates on the car.

It's that simple.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

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you're about 20% sure then

When you sell the car, the easiest thing is to do it in the carpark of the Strassenverkehrsamt. You can then go and get your car papers cancelled in the office and hand your plates in.

You then give the cancelled paper to the new owner along with keys, etc.

They will either get daily plates or have a certificate for insurance and get their plates on the car.

It's that simple.
Not quite.

If the car is not tested, ie. MFK,

Then you cannot drive it on the road, therefore, you cannot exchange log books etc at the contolr center.

Further,you must check when it had its last test if it is within one year ok. if it is over one year then it's not ok.

In general,as you say change everything at the contol center,only when the car meets the points as mentioned, otherwise you'll be walking home and not driving home.
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Not quite.

If the car is not tested, ie. MFK,

Then you cannot drive it on the road, therefore, you cannot exchange log books etc at the contolr center.

Further,you must check when it had its last test if it is within one year ok. if it is over one year then it's not ok.

In general,as you say change everything at the contol center,only when the car meets the points as mentioned, otherwise you'll be walking home and not driving home.
Sorry, misread question, thought it was about buying car, rather than selling, so disregard, however it is worth noting the procedure if your going to buy or sell.
My mistake.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

thanks. If possible, can you please clarify MKF testing.

I don't want any last minute surprises.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

how old is the car?

Also a point to note that if the car is still under an incomplete leasing contract, you cannot sell it without clearing the lease
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thanks. If possible, can you please clarify MKF testing.

I don't want any last minute surprises.
If the car is less than 10 years old then the current MKF is valid. If the car is over 10 years old and there is a year or less until the next test then a complete test has to be done. The exhaust emissions also need to be measured.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

the car is 5 years old. Not financed or leased.

The exhaust check is up to date.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

I'm also selling my car, and will have a meeting with my "insurance guy" tomorrow, he will tell me the details.

I have a question about money though: how is the buyer supposed to pay, so that he doesn't run away with the car and documents and no money for me?
I can't very well ask the person to pay 14k+ in cash, can I?
Should I write a 'red payment slip' and go with the person to the bank/post office, and see them pay?
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

what's up with paying in cash? 14 notes. Easy...
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

Really? Can I ask to be paid in cash?
I know the swiss are very 'liberal' with their notes (I've seen people paying for a 3 CHF thing with a 100 CHF note!), but I would never dream of it. But if you say so...
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

I certainly would not part with a car (or anything else like that) without either the cash in your hand or the money in your bank account. When I bought a car from a private person they expected and got cash...
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

Sure, either get the transfer made first (but then why should they trust you?) - or get them to turn up, as Lob suggests, with 14 notes.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

Ok, I've just been talking with my insurance rep, and what he told me is that the insurance is automatically cancelled as soon as I return the licence plates to the Authorities.
I should only do that once I sell the car though, otherwise I can't go for a test drive or keep the car on the street.

He's going to write the "declaration" for me (in german): basically it just states the name and address of the seller and buyer, the price, and that it's delivered "without warranty", so that I can't be held responsible for anything the buyer does later.

Then it's just an issue of receiving the cash (yes, he also said it's normal, hehe) and giving the grey car documents.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

Something I discovered yesterday.
When you sell your car, and you go to the verkehrsamt to return the licence plates, don't forget to pass by the cashier counter because you're entitled to get your transport tax back for the remainder of the year (where you don't have a car).
I didn't know this, and got myself 100 CHF of unexpected money

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Something I discovered yesterday.
When you seel your car, and you go to the verkehrsamt to return the licence plates, don't forget to pass by the cashier counter because you're entitled to get your transport tax back for the remainder of the year (where you don't have a car).
I didn't know this, and got myself 100 CHF of unexpected money
I don't tend to do this as I always have a vehicle of some description and it evens out. They do, in some areas, send the refund to you where you pop to the post office and get money.

Certainly, though, worth remembering if you have no other vehicle onto which the balance can be credited.
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Re: selling a used car--procedure?

Hi everyone,

Is there any more information on EF, focused on what I should do in terms of paperwork, plates, insurance etc when you BUY a second hand car privately in Switzerland. We have a car already with Geneva plates and insurance.

Thank you

Chester
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Selling my car - What do I need to give the buyer?

I just put my car for sale on ricardo.ch and I am getting a lot of offers (more than I expected), so now I have to think about what is the paperwork needed...

What exactly do I need to give the driver besides de car and the "service book"? The "Fahrzeugausweis" has my name, address and numberplate on it, as opposed to car documents elsewhere in the world. Therefore, it doesnt seem right that I give the buyer these car papers. So how does the buyer legally "own the car"?

Has someone done this in the past? I'm keeping my numberplates to get a newer car.
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I just put my car for sale on ricardo.ch and I am getting a lot of offers (more than I expected), so now I have to think about what is the paperwork needed...

What exactly do I need to give the driver besides de car and the "service book"? The "Fahrzeugausweis" has my name, address and numberplate on it, as opposed to car documents elsewhere in the world. Therefore, it doesnt seem right that I give the buyer these car papers. So how does the buyer legally "own the car"?

Has someone done this in the past? I'm keeping my numberplates to get a newer car.
Ownership of the fahrzeugausweis indicates ownership of the car. If you keep the plates, then you just give him the annulled ausweis.
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