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Old 15.11.2010, 13:01
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has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

..and then registered to their office?

and has an idea how it all works? even for picking the car up, i gather i need to go their with plates (which i havent got)

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Old 15.11.2010, 13:05
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

It's pretty straightforward. We bought a van down in Biel, got the vehicle details faxed to us, went to the vehicle reg office (Zurich I think), they gave us a choice of a few different number plates, I took the train down, fixed the plates and drove back.
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:08
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

and that was to an office address?

so i would need the vehicle details first before they will do anything?
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:10
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

If you buy the car, and take the logbook to you local SVA, arrange insurance, then you can get some plates, go back, put them on the car, and drive it over. This assumes the car has a current MFK (MOT/fitness test) in the canton it resides in.

An alternative is to get the logbook, and try and get it on day plates from your local canton. In this case, you don't need insurance, you just rent their temporary number plates for something like 50chf per day, and these plates come with insurance. You can then drive the car home. You still need the car to have an MFK.

If the car doesn't have an MFK, and is already in your canton, you can get day plates to drive it in for a test. I am not sure if you can drive the car from one canton to a test centre in another on day plates if it doesn't have an MFK.
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:11
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

Is it new or used?
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Old 15.11.2010, 13:14
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so i would need the vehicle details first before they will do anything?
Yes ...

sorry for being sarcastic, but it's straight forward, once you agree the sale with the seller, just arrange for when you want to do the paper work, get the vehicle registration document, get your plates, and he needs to return his plates to his registration office. same process as the office in the same kanton just involves two registation offices
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and that was to an office address?

so i would need the vehicle details first before they will do anything?
I have done it. Twice. It works, well, exactly the same as within a canton. The seller will give you the papers, you go to your insurance, they will fax something proving that you are insured to the strassenverkehrsamt and you just need to go there with the papers, pay and pick you number. Go back to the car, screw number on it, drive away... easy.
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

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Old 16.11.2010, 14:11
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

If the car is over 10 years old it will need a fresh MFK - usually booked in when you register the car in that canton. You can get Tagesschild for upto 4 days - or just drop the car at a garage.
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Old 16.11.2010, 14:28
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

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and has an idea how it all works? even for picking the car up, i gather i need to go their with plates (which i havent got)

thanks
yes, we just did - bought a car in Baselland and got it registered in Thurgau.
Of course, you need the plates first. Usually, your garage and your insurance company will handle all of this for you. If they don't, here's the procedure:

1. get the car's registration papers from your dealer and get an insurance policy. The insurance will than fax a proof of insurance to the registration office in your canton.

2. Once the insurance company has completed step 1, you can go to the registration office and pick up your license plates - make sure to bring the old registration papers. They'll give you new ones.

3. Pick up the car

All of this is going to cost you about 200 Fr. (60 Fr. for the new registration papers + 140 Fr. for the license plates)

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Old 16.11.2010, 14:30
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If the car is over 10 years old it will need a fresh MFK
not if the last MFK has been done less than a year ago.
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Old 16.11.2010, 14:35
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

I think we've all been ignoring the main issue here: the OP would like to buy the car for a business, not for himself.

For the canton of Zurich, the procedure for getting the car registered to a company is the same as getting it registered to a private person. You simply have to present them with a "Handelsregisterauszug" (commercial registry extract) to proof that your company exists.

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/ds/st...inloesung.html

That's the easy part - the fun begins with the tax declaration etc. - sorry, can't help you there.
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not if the last MFK has been done less than a year ago.
If the last MFK has been done within the last TWO years on a >10 year old car you should be OK.
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Re: has anyone bought a car from a different canton..

Dear OP,

currently going through the process with a car >15 years old.
1) Went to local SVTA office, picked up some temporary plates ( 4 days).
2) the MFK had to be done as an older car needs MFK within the year
3) booked MFK within the 4 days
4) picked car up
5) take it to the MFK centre.
6) take passed MFK to the SVTA with temp plates, and they will replace them with new plates. JOB DONE!

7) if the MFK is done, job is easier.
8) if the MFK does not pass, you are in a little more discomfort as you will have to re-book the MFK and the SVTA will not renew the temp plates. Meaning, you have to get a garage where you intend on correcting the issues to pick up the car with their plates. Alternatively, drop the car off to the garage, take the plates off and pass them to the local SVTA office!

Hope that helps.
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not if the last MFK has been done less than a year ago.
My understanding is that it depends on the canton...Geneva, for example, you'd need to get an expertise even if it's been a year or less when there is a change of ownership
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..and then registered to their office?

and has an idea how it all works? even for picking the car up, i gather i need to go their with plates (which i havent got)

thanks
not sure what this faffing with plates is about. i just gave the details to the dealer and he got all the plates and insurance sorted out and i just went there and drove it away.
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