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Car sale/export Switzerland -> Germany

I am currently selling my car, and have had interest from a buyer in germany. He has asked if i would deliver the car to him (costs payed).
I asked him by email if he is going to take care of the import and what was required, but didnt get a reply yet. So i just need to know what i must do to avoid any trouble.

1. If i deliver the car, take back my swiss plates & turn them in - have i done all that i should?

2. Is this normal for germans to buy swiss cars? I assume there must be some advantage (price or other).

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Re: Car import Switzerland -> Germany

how is he paying? Be a little careful - it's probably off to Eastern Europe.

Beware cash (forged notes), Western Union and Paypal
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Re: Car import Switzerland -> Germany

hmm could be, his name is russian sounding...
But, I mean as long as i get payed and theres no comeback on me - i dont care where it ends up.

So what method of payment should i ask him to use? and what other steps can i take to make sure its all ok?
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So what method of payment should i ask him to use? and what other steps can i take to make sure its all ok?
PAyment: authorised bank cheque only, ask for one from a Swiss bank in Swiss francs :-)

You MUST make sure that when you give him the car, you retain the numberplates (both) and the vehicle papers (Fahrzeugausweis)

You then hand your numberplates back to the Swiss vehicle office and advise the car has been disposed of outside of the country.

And you tell your insurance. Then the Strassenverkehrsamt and the insurance company refund you the unused part of the taxes and insurance.

Also get you and the buyer to sign a receipt showing vehicle details, date and time etc

Some things to tell the buyer:
How will the buyer plan to drive the vehicle in Germany?
He will need to organise vehicle plates, insurance etc valid from date and time of vehicle handover.....
Or have a vehicle trailer / transporter....
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Re: Car import Switzerland -> Germany

thanks for that kiwi.

Do you know what the 'authorised bank cheque' is called in french/german?
And is that really 100% safe for me? no bounce possiblity?

cheers, hoss
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thanks for that kiwi.

Do you know what the 'authorised bank cheque' is called in french/german?
And is that really 100% safe for me? no bounce possiblity?

cheers, hoss
Dunno the swiss name.

But to get a bank cheque the person must pay the money to the bank, then it is guarranteed for you.
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Re: Car import Switzerland -> Germany

I'd say........Don't do it, unless he comes to Switzerland, pays your cash or authorised cheque (whatever), in front of some neutral party (say a friendly kantonpolizist?). Then he loads up the car onto a auto-transporter.

I know a personal friend, whose brother comes to CH every year, to do this. He brings back at least 20 cars I was told. But all on big auto-transporters to Lithuania.
After some renovation, he makes a couple of thousand francs on each, on average.

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Re: Car sale/export Switzerland -> Germany

Thanks for the replies.

p.s. I didnt intend any slight - my reply was only that with a russian name he may have a eastern europe export link.. nothing more.
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Re: Car sale/export Switzerland -> Germany

This is a tad different - I want to sell my RHD car back in the UK and buy a new car here. My car is currently regsitered here, so I am I right in thinking that I just drive back to the UK, sell it/ reimport it, take my ZG plates and documents with me and then go with the new papers (ownership old and new, insurance) and plates to the Strassenverkasmt to sort. I am buying in Zug so presume it comes ready certified and tested?
A comments would be useful. Thanks
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