- Services for Expats is the preferred car partner for expats

If you're new to Switzerland and don't know what to do about a car, look no further: can provide you with all the help you need. Services for Expats

If you're new to Switzerland and don't know what to do about a car, look no further: can provide you with all the help you need.

You're relocating to Switzerland and you need to have a car. Is it better to import the one you have, or to sell it and buy a new one here? Or what about leasing a car? What about insurance and servicing? And what do you do with it when you leave?

Autociel can help you with all this and more besides. Founded in Gland (between Lausanne and Geneva) in 2002 by Markus Häfeli, a qualified economist, the business has rapidly become the leading car dealer for expats in Switzerland.

Let the experts handle it for you

Markus Häfeli founded Autociel in 2002.

Markus and his team of auto experts is here to advise you on all matters related to renting, leasing, purchasing or selling cars.

Personal Service

Whatever your questions, our team of experts, most of whom speak fluent English as well as other languages, can give you excellent advice free of charge. We offer you a personal service tailored to your needs, and also carry out a complete analysis according to your requirements. And we're proud to report that in the vast majority of cases (80-90%) people are happy to follow our advice.

At, we can provide you with quality cars like Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mercedes, Volvo, VW or in fact any other brand, whether you want to buy new, nearly new or used. No other garage in Switzerland can offer such a complete range of vehicles, and there are not many garages that can serve you in English, German, French and Italian.

The best deals

Since price levels can be different in each region of Switzerland, we are always able to give you the best deals thanks to our network of contacts in Switzerland, Germany, and other European countries. Price levels in Switzerland are often far higher than elsewhere, so this means we can source high-quality cars on favourable terms.

As a result, our prices are usually below the market price for new cars, sometimes by a substantial amount, especially for cars with list prices exceeding CHF 50,000. We also take the future resale value into consideration.

Car registration, insurance, and financing

We can take care of the registration process (obligatory in Switzerland) and can help you obtain top-quality, competitive car insurance, even if you buy your car privately or through a colleague. As for financing, if you need to arrange leasing terms for your car, we can help you find the best deal and take care of the application process. At you can find good examples of the most popular cars on the Swiss market - at very good conditions. With Autociel, leasing is also possible without any downpayment and with an L permit! 

Importing your current car

If you decide to keep your existing car, we'll help you with importing it into Switzerland.
Or we can provide you with an interim rental, at prices around half the rates of the major rental companies. 

When you leave Switzerland

We'll gladly help you export your car when you leave Switzerland, or make you a trade-in offer. This is possible at any time, even at a few days' notice. We can estimate your car's value using the Eurotax system (Switzerland's most trusted evaluation software), and then analyse the Internet for market comparisons. We'll collect your car (leaving you a replacement vehicle), and carry out a complete check-up to see whether any repairs are needed to maximise the resale value.

The car will be put on the leading Internet platform in Switzerland, with Autociel handling all enquiries for you and taking care of test-drives. If the car is not sold after this period, we may suggest reviewing the price.

Author: Markus Häfeli

Markus is an entrepreneur and owns two companies that specialise in catering to the needs of expats in Switzerland. Autociel ( caters to the car needs of expats in Switzerland and includes rental, leasing and sale of quality cars. Markus has worked with expats for over 17 years. He enjoys contact with people from around the world and takes an avid interest in cars, health and fitness. He enjoys spending time with his son.

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