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Old 07.08.2016, 20:51
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Re: One year car rental?

My daughters Swiss BF (going-on 2 years) is 23, has a drivers licence but no car. He's renting his own apartment in the Romandie in a village which happens to be in the middle of no-where transport wise - he has a great desk job within the CH military, contractually limited to end a year from now.

There's one bus a day, and without that it's pretty cut-off.

It would make no sense financially for him to buy a car (although he has the savings) as he doesn't yet know what he will be doing in a years time e.g. further education etc, or where.

If he moves back to our area (ZH), or another area where a car is not needed and the public transport links are so good, buying a car now will more than likely be money lost if re-sold.

Having no car really restricts both him and their relationship - they alternate weekends between ZH and there - but once my daughter is there then they either have to make a big trip to do something (and it's an additional bus journey for her to reach his apartment during late hours), or they are more or less bound to stay in his flat. Which of course is great at that age, but only to a certain limit.

To cut a long story short, as we have a lot of EFers who are used to staying here also short-time, I was wondering whether anyone has any good ideas / experience / suggestions / proposals on renting / leasing a simple car for about a years period to a lovely lad and / or pair with impeccable references .
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Old 07.08.2016, 21:03
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Re: One year car rental?

Buy a cheap used car (or motorcycle).

Sell it after a year.

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My daughters Swiss BF (going-on 2 years) is 23, has a drivers licence but no car. He's renting his own apartment in the Romandie in a village which happens to be in the middle of no-where transport wise - he has a great desk job within the CH military, contractually limited to end a year from now.

There's one bus a day, and without that it's pretty cut-off.
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A Vespa? Cheaper than a cheap used car, or rent/lease. He/they're not going to be using it for much other than the trip from the apt to a better serviced public transport hub.

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Old 07.08.2016, 21:38
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Re: One year car rental?

Vespa - sounds great, especially in the Tessin - a dream - with those hills, hanging on the back of some hunk. Sorry. I digress , but will keep it contained.

I'd never have thought to suggest it - thanks guys.
It makes sense - will run it by them.
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Re: One year car rental?

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Buy a cheap used car (or motorcycle).

Sell it after a year.

Tom
I'm with Tom on this. There are loads of Mazda 3's and 6's on Comparis under CHF3,000. I'm mentioning those because I've had 4 Mazdas and they were incredibly cheap to run, and reliable.

You couldn't pay me to ride a Vespa, particularly here. A motorbike, yes, but never a Vespa. They just don't have the acceleration to pull out of a situation. My dad was a mechanic and said I could have any vehicle I wanted from a Triumph to a Sherman tank, but never, ever a scooter or a mini that didn't have a full roll cage. Didn't go with my bike leathers anyway
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You couldn't pay me to ride a Vespa, particularly here. A motorbike, yes, but never a Vespa. They just don't have the acceleration to pull out of a situation.


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Re: One year car rental?

WTF?!!!!
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Re: One year car rental?

When I was 21, one of my mates and his dad built this, so you can see why Vespas were never an option....
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You couldn't pay me to ride a Vespa, particularly here.
How about a Triumph?

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Re: One year car rental?

This was my original thread, so I thought I'd weigh in. We are at the end of our (fabulous) year in Fribourg. We bought a 1999 Audi A3 for about CHF 2300. It's been great. We did buy new winter tires and did some minor repairs, but we've driven all over Europe (from Spain to Croatia etc.). We will sell it in a week (for very little), but honestly, even if we had to pay someone to haul it away, it would have been worth it.
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Vespa - sounds great, especially in the Tessin - a dream - with those hills, hanging on the back of some hunk. Sorry. I digress , but will keep it contained.

I'd never have thought to suggest it - thanks guys.
It makes sense - will run it by them.
Romandie means snow, usually, especially in connection with the military as they tend to be located in more elevated areas. Not sure if any kind of bike will look like that much of a good idea in just a few months.
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When I was 21, one of my mates and his dad built this, so you can see why Vespas were never an option....
Actually, from that photo I can see that a Vespa would have been a BETTER option!

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Re: One year car rental?

There are a number of local car rental places that often rent for longer periods of time that can be reasonable. One of the ones below rents for 350chf per month, which is without longer term rates that seem to apply per their website.


Perhaps check out these two which I am most familiar with and not too far from Fribourg.


http://www.danylocation.ch/


http://www.patricklocation.ch/
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