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One year car rental?

We will be moving to Fribourg from the US this August for one year - this will NOT extend beyond the one year. We plan to rent/lease a car for the year.

An acquaintance moved there from the US for six months and recommended renting a car in France for the duration (less expensive than in Switzerland), but after reading a few threads, I suspect there are some legal "issues" with this?

Any help? Thank you.
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Re: One year car rental?

Do you really need one? You can get everywhere by public transport!
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Re: One year car rental?

I don't know yet (and may not know where we will live until we get there) but would like to research the options just in case. At a minimum, we will need one for some of the two-week school breaks. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Re: One year car rental?

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I don't know yet (and may not know where we will live until we get there) but would like to research the options just in case. At a minimum, we will need one for some of the two-week school breaks. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
You may want to investigate Mobility car sharing, if you think you may only need a car for some occasions.

https://www.mobility.ch/en/private-customers/
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Re: One year car rental?

Thank you - I will look into it if we decide we only want the occasional car.

In the meantime, does anyone have an opinion on where we can rent/hire a car for a one-year time period?
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Old 23.03.2015, 15:27
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Thank you - I will look into it if we decide we only want the occasional car.

In the meantime, does anyone have an opinion on where we can rent/hire a car for a one-year time period?
It's been discussed on this forum, before - you may want to search, to see if something comes back.

Here's a list of car rental threads to scroll through (some may be relevant): http://www.englishforum.ch/search.php?searchid=14191479

I vaguely recall, that the conclusion was, that there isn't really a viable or economical solution to long term car rental, over about a month - at least here in CH.

Buying a cheap runner, on arrival, may be your best option - sometimes reliable bargains can be had.
Buy for usage (disposable like public transport, rental or car sharing) and sell cheap at end of the year.
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Thank you - I will look into it if we decide we only want the occasional car.

In the meantime, does anyone have an opinion on where we can rent/hire a car for a one-year time period?
Renting for a year is going to be expensive. I know mobility used to do monthly rentals of their cars for about 800CHF but I can't find it on their website anymore.

My advice would be to buy a car for about 5000CHF and run it for a year and then sell it. You will probably get between 3-4k when you come to sell it and will work out a lot cheaper than renting.
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Re: One year car rental?

There is always Twingo rent for CHF 666 a month if you can drive manual, don't have a large family and don't mind looking like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

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Re: One year car rental?

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Buying a cheap runner, on arrival, may be your best option - sometimes reliable bargains can be had.
Buy for usage (disposable like public transport, rental or car sharing) and sell cheap at end of the year.
As above: Buy fresh MFK/serviced car (8-fach) for <5,000chf - sell for 2,000chf after a year. Budget 700chf for insurance, 500chf for road tax and 1,000chf should anything go pop - and that is about as cheap as you'll get it.

A dealer MAY rent you a car - but expect any rental fee to be at least double the lease costs - and only for a new car.
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Re: One year car rental?

or do what others here seem to do

Lease the most expensive car you can, a nice big audi or bmw, add all the options possible, select the lowest KM limit and pay the smallest deposit possible, say 2k chf over the longest time (say 5 years)

Then drive all round europe for 12 months, put really really stupid KM on the car (bonus points for using your yearly km limit within 2 months)

Then post an ad on here for someone to take over your lease, for only 2k, after all, all you want is your deposit back, point out how brilliant the car is, how its got all the options etc etc

then get arsey when everyone points out what a crap deal it is
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Re: One year car rental?

Here's one option - about 800 per month for basic compact.

In German, so translate may be required.

http://www.schweizer-autovermietung....dQoRoCAarw_wcB
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Here's one option - about 800 per month for basic compact.

In German, so translate may be required.

http://www.schweizer-autovermietung....dQoRoCAarw_wcB
800 a month is 9600 a year, buying a car for 5k makes more sense.
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or do what others here seem to do

Lease the most expensive car you can, a nice big audi or bmw, add all the options possible, select the lowest KM limit and pay the smallest deposit possible, say 2k chf over the longest time (say 5 years)

Then drive all round europe for 12 months, put really really stupid KM on the car (bonus points for using your yearly km limit within 2 months)

Then post an ad on here for someone to take over your lease, for only 2k, after all, all you want is your deposit back, point out how brilliant the car is, how its got all the options etc etc

then get arsey when everyone points out what a crap deal it is
Something like a BMW X6?
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Re: One year car rental?

You certainly won't be able to rent in France and drive the car around in Switzerland for a year. If you live in Switzerland the car will need to be registered here.
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There is always Twingo rent for CHF 666 a month if you can drive manual, don't have a large family and don't mind looking like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
A friend of my rented this once when his family was visiting. They were quite pleased with it. These people now have the newer version of the Twingo which looks much better. Also, for an additional price, you can get a car which does not have the label on it.
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Re: One year car rental?

Thank you all for your input. I just want to be aware of my options. I am hoping we will be able to get by without one, except for the various two week school breaks when we will be traveling by car.

Now I am diving into the train ticket options and am thoroughly overwhelmed!
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Do you really need one? You can get everywhere by public transport!
Not around here, especially after 7PM.

Personally, I'd buy a cheap used one for CHF 3k or so.

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Not around here, especially after 7PM.

Personally, I'd buy a cheap used one for CHF 3k or so.

Tom
There are plenty of high KM, fresk MFK big saloons knocking about which would work - Saab 9-5, Volvo S80, BMW 5er, Merc E, Audi A6 - all perfectly capable of taking another year of driving of 10-20k km without problem - and then being sold for peanuts.
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Re: One year car rental?

@ hemmie

Here is the major website for used cars. I have given you the FR link since you have some level of FR.

Do a bit of shopping on there (bigger, high-milage cars but have passed their "expertise" in FR or "MFK" in DE - which means safety check - much more detailed than in USA but will not protect you from major age related issues such as timing belt etc. so you still want the car checked by a garage)

Anyhow, here is the link: http://www.autoscout24.ch/fr/voiture

The buy vs. rent for the year decision has to do more with your budget and your risk tolerance with buying a high-milage car knowing that at the end of the year you will sell it for next to nothing.
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Re: One year car rental?

If you would like to take over a lease on a Ford Focus, I would be willing to part with one of our cars. It was originally from another English Forum member, who moved back to the UK. I took it over for our sons, but they have not managed to learn Manual Transmission, so it is seldom used. There is only one more year to go, until June 2017, so it might fit your needs perfectly.


The actual Kilometer count is around 30,000. (I'm at work so I cannot look). It is great car, with plenty of space and enjoyable to drive. It would be a question of transferring the lease to you. No Money down with a monthly payment of 340 (ooh, must check this Detail on my revolving payment...) At the end of the lease, you simply give the car back.


Ford can give you a confirmation of it's current condition, so there is no risk for damage.


This was the original advert on EF.
[Lease Transfer] Ford Focus 1.0i EcoBoost 125 Trend [Zurich]
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