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I never bought a ship in this game. When I do, will I forfeit my old ship always? Or can I store it so I can switch it depending on the mission?

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It is possible to own more than one ship at a time, however it can be a hassle switching between them. When you buy a new ship, your current ship is stored at that station. It will remain there, ready for you to pick it up, but you must return to that station to do so.

For example, say I purchased a Viper from Ngaliba, storing my Hauler there. Then, I fly 120+ LY away and discover an amazingly profitable trade route. My options would be to either fly back to Ngaliba to pick up my Hauler, or just purchase a new Hauler.

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  • Extra hassle: You cannot change ships while you have cargo (even if it would fit in the new ship).
    – Flyto
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 17:40
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    Update in 2018: You can now transfer ships between stations for a fee (you have to be at the destination), and you can transfer cargo between ships.
    – SilverWolf
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 0:02
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Yes, you can store as many ships as you want. They'll be stored in the station you buy your new ship in. When buying a new ship you're given two options:

  • Sell current ship to partially pay for new ship.
  • Store current ship and buy new ship at full cost.

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