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Controle technique/expertise du jour

I need some information regarding the difference between these two terms. Google tells me that TCS offers controle technique but then if i go to the office cantonal des vehicules, they ask me to take an appointment. Now if these two are the same things, then do i need to take an appointment in advance? If an appointment is necessary then why do i see dealers with "expertise du jour" tag if everyone needs to take an appointment?

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Old 13.09.2017, 15:08
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There are usually free slots that dealers/garages/etc. can use.

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Re: Controle technique/expertise du jour

With regards to TCS they can check and carry out the Controle Technique/MFK and issue the 'pass' which is obviously valid with the authorities.
The caveat being you must do it with TCS before you get your official
invite from the MFK. Once the invite has been sent, you can only go to the cantonal gov. testing center.
That's my understanding anyway.
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With regards to TCS they can check and carry out the Controle Technique/MFK and issue the 'pass' which is obviously valid with the authorities.
The caveat being you must do it with TCS before you get your official
invite from the MFK. Once the invite has been sent, you can only go to the cantonal gov. testing center.
That's my understanding anyway.
What's the better route to opt for? Going directly and getting appointment at the cantonale has any issues, especially for an old car?
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Once the invite has been sent, you can only go to the cantonal gov. testing center.
Depends on the canton, not true here.

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What's the better route to opt for? Going directly and getting appointment at the cantonale has any issues, especially for an old car?
Horses for courses, however I believe TCS also do repairs so could make money out of finding something to fix.

I'd just take it to the test center when they call you and see what happens.
There are many MFK threads and posts on this forum if you want some background to how other people have dealt with it.
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Re: Controle technique/expertise du jour

So the "control technique" is the official test to decide if the car is in good state to be allowed to drive in public. It's also known as the "expertise".

Each car more that a few years old must have a new test every two years approximately, the authorities will invite you when the time is due for your car and it's mandatory to attend and for your car to pass the test.

If you are shopping for a new (second had) car, the expression 'expertise de jour' simply means that its current test status has not yet expired, it has been tested (control technique) in the last two years approximately. It's sensible to ask exactly when the test was done and to ask the dealer/seller to do the test again now before you buy the car, then you don't need to think about it again for another two years - roughly.

The TCS can test a car for you and tell you if it's likely to pass the test but official testing and certification can only be done by the cantonal authorities - office des autos.
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The TCS can test a car for you and tell you if it's likely to pass the test but official testing and certification can only be done by the cantonal authorities - office des autos.
This depends on the canton.

In Ticino, TCS can also do the official test (but only for cars).

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I believe TCS also do repairs.
They don't.

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