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Old 22.03.2021, 17:42
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Here's your friendly lotus lender, right where you need it with access to some of the nice passes.

https://kumschick.ch/vermietung/uebersicht/
Not bad, perhaps a little pricy if you want to drive all summer, but can remove a number of other headaches.

I have a friend who runs this business: https://carz.ch/
There are similar ones out there, you pay a fee and have access to a number of vehicles using a token system. You get a fixed amount of tokens for the year depending on your membership level (i.e. how much you pay), and each vehicle costs a different amount of tokens. Reserve the car of your choice on a calendar and don't worry about insurance and other costs.

Anyway, having owned a Lotus, you really need to accept the lack of everyday comfort depending on the model, which if you have another car, might mean that you really will only take it out on sunny weekends (thus bringing down the cost via a third party such as the site mentioned above).

And yes, you can get back the taxes you pay, as well as the insurance difference at the end of the year if you deposit the license plates for winter. Once you pick them up again next year, you need to inform your insurance and they send out a new invoice for the remaining time of said year, plus they inform the local vehicle authorities to release the plates (which can also be deposited at a Post office).

I've done it with the Elise, an AMG that only had summer tires, and I do it with my Ferrari (also summer tires). As was mentioned, keep the winter fairly short as the seals and rubber parts do need to flex and stretch (including the tires so as to not develop bald spots). Fuel also needs to be on the move as it too doesn't like to sit in the gas tank for too long (but I think we're talking about 6 months or more... supposedly some additives can be used to help limit problems related to that).

Still, while rentals and car sharing deals have their benefits (there's a glove that fits every hand), nothing quite like having a dream car at the ready whenever you feel like going for a drive
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Old 22.03.2021, 18:27
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Will this be a 2nd car? If so will both cars be driven at the same time?
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Yes, it will be a second car, but I need both on the road at the same time unfortunately so canít swap plates.
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Old 22.03.2021, 23:00
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Re: Summer-Only Car

1. Itís Wiesmann, not Weismann.
2. When most Germans hear TVR do they think of fiberglass, bizarre interiors and the smell of glue... a Wiesmann is pretty much the opposite as Mr Wiesmann really, really loves leather and build quality.

Iíd say there is a bit of MG A in the design though.
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Old 22.03.2021, 23:15
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1. Itís Wiesmann, not Weismann.
2. When most Germans hear TVR do they think of fiberglass, bizarre interiors and the smell of glue... a Wiesmann is pretty much the opposite as Mr Wiesmann really, really loves leather and build quality.

Iíd say there is a bit of MG A in the design though.
Haha Wiesmann, damned letters change places. At least numbers stay in place
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Re: Summer-Only Car

If the car is worth more than scrap value, then you might think about keeping "teilkasko", while the plates are off. Teilkasko pays in case of fire and theft of the car, which can happen even when the car is laid up.
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Old 23.03.2021, 12:55
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For an Elise I would always have comprehensive insurance. Bumpers are part of the clamshell, and you have to change half the car to repair anything on the bodywork...
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