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What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

Time has come for me to change car, my 3-doors Renault Clio works flawlessly but it's become too tiny for a family of 3.

I have a B permit, the car was bought in Switzerland in 2017 and has a ZH plate.

I think I will buy a second-hand from autoscout or similar, and at the same time I am pretty confident I can find a friend interested in buying my car. My question is: what is the right procedure for this?

Here is what I thought but it's probably wrong, feel free to correct me:

1) when I find a new car I'm interested in, I go there to check it in person, then sign a contract (which according to my experience is something many Swiss people don't even do) and pay (AFTER signing the contract, and possibly not in cash because I'm not planning of buying another 4000 CHF car). However, I will take agreement with the previous owner or dealer to leave the new car there for a couple of days.

2) With my friend/relative who wants to buy my old car, we drive together back to the dealer. I take the new car, my friend takes my old car.

3) My friend and I drive together to the Strassenverkhersamt.

QUESTION 1: with which license plate? If it's a dealer I guess they provide the courtesy plate, to return to them immediately after, while if it's a private I guess he/she has to come with us as well and take back their plate?

QUESTION 2: Is it OK for my (probably uninsured) friend to drive my old car? Does it work like for the health insurance that you can stipulate it retroactively?

QUESTION 3: *which* Strassenverkhersamt is responsible? If I find the new car in Zurich that's clearly no problem, but what about if I find it in another Kanton?

4) At the Strassenverkhersamt: we declare that I want to transfer the car to my new friend. We pay the immatriculation fee, they give a new license plate to my friend. When they ask me to return my plate, I tell them that, wait, actually I wanto to register this new car, so I pay the fee again, transfer the plate to the new car and possibly return the old plate to the dealer.

QUESTION 4: who pays the immatriculation fee usually, the buyer or the seller? I mean, I don't want to pay twice.

5) Back home, I contact my insurance to notify the change of vehicle, and my friend registers a new insurance.

Hope it's clear, feel free to ask clarification. Never done this before so it's quite confusing for me

Thanks in advance for any useful reply!
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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

You cannot drive the new car until it is insured, registered and plated.

If you want to use your old plate, you first need to deregister the old car.

Insurance belongs to the car, not the person.

There are no dealer courtesy plates.

Buyer pays the fees of registration.

You need to organize the insurance BEFORE you change plates.

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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

Uhmmm OK that sounds more complicated than I expected. What would be the best procedure then? Forget about doing it at the same time with my friend if that's a problem, I can 1) buy new car and 2) sell my old car later.
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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

So, just to be clear, let's split the process into two subproblems:


1) selling the old car, and


2) buying a new car.


What is the best way to sell an used car? It looks like I was too optimistic in finding friends interested, so I guess I'll have either to put an ad or go to a dealer. Opinions?


And regarding buying a new (used) car? Sorry for the spam, I understand it's August and everybody's on vacation, but that would be very helpful to understand
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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

Depends on if you buy from an indiividual, or a dealer.

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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

99% I'm going to buy from a dealer
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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

The dealer can arrange the insurance, plates, etc., and perhaps even buy your old one.

They can also add it to your current plate, and then you can sell your old one on your own (we've done it that way several times).

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Re: What is the correct procedure for changing to a new car?

Thank you, I'll try and see
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