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Do I need a permit to buy a car in Switzerland?

Hi

I will be moving to Lugano in July and looking to buy a car asap. My permit will not be ready until August 2019.

Can I buy (and register, insure and use) a car without a residence permit if I have an address and an employment contract and a letter confirming my permit will be ready in August?

I bought a car before in Switzerland when I previously lived there but that was after a year of living there with a B Permit.

Thanks very much for your thoughts.

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Re: Do I need a permit to buy a car in Switzerland?

if you have your address (rental contract), if you can get insurance you could probably register the car ...but you might struggle to get insurance without a permit as one of the questions is what sort of permit you have.
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Re: Do I need a permit to buy a car in Switzerland?

That will depend on many factors.
If you buy by private - you might struggle.
I drove out of a AMAG dealiership with a brand new sharan after just 1 day in Switzerland on a EU driving licence. My permit was not ready yet.
Car was insured with the dealership and had their own plates.
Leasing was approved 7-10 days later and everything was moved on my name.

Yes, in most EU countries you cannot get phone contract without been there for 1 year. But TIS
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Re: Do I need a permit to buy a car in Switzerland?

Buying is the easy part. Not permit what so ever needed.

So the next steps would be to get insurance and than the plates.
To get plates you would need the permit. Ask your local SAN/STVA (Adresse se here https://strassenverkehrsaemter.ch/) if they would also accept a Wohnsitzbestätigung/Attestation de domicile before you have the actual permit.
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Re: Do I need a permit to buy a car in Switzerland?

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To get plates you would need the permit.
This I can confirm, as when I moved from ZH to TI, I couldn't get TI plates until I had a TI permit, which took six months (so I kept the ZH plates on my car and bike).

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