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I am looking at getting a new electric car, and availability/waiting time for the model I'm looking at seems better in the North than here, even if the price saving is limited, so I am looking at buying from a dealer in NI and importing the car.
I have two questions:
1. What's the current status of VRT on imported (pure) electric vehicles? Do I have to pay 7% of OMSP, is there a €5,000 discount, or what?
2. SEAI offers a €5,000 grant for new EVs. However this is applied for/paid out via the dealer (who has to be in the State), and this doesn't make sense to me - it's surely meant to incentivise putting new EVs on Irish roads, and provided I import the car properly, where I bought it from shouldn't matter. In other words, why can't I get that grant on my new EV even if the car is properly imported rather than bought in the State - isn't there a Single Market implication here?
Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Edmond (Limerick) - Thu, 11 Nov 2021 14:44
I would like to buy car from Northern Ireland that was brought from UK mainland two months ago and registered by an independent dealer. Car still has UK reg. Do the VAT of 23 per cent and customs duty still apply to me?
Filed under importing - Asked by Vlad Dvadvavosem (Dublin) - Sat, 21 Aug 2021 19:57
My friend has a Honda moped that she brought with her when she came to live here in 1990, The bike was never registered here and it has UK plates. It has never been on the road here. We would like to get it back on the road going again for her 60th. How do we register it for her? She has it 32 years.
Filed under importing - Asked by John McEleney - Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:41
With reference to your importing feature, I was wondering how much of this would apply to me? I am moving to Ireland with my partner who is an Irish citizen and we both want to bring our cars with us. Both are UK-registered in 2015 and both have been owned for around three years. Are we going to get charged large fees to do this or are we going to exempt due to having owned them and not just buying to import i.e. is the terminology related to the latter and we have nothing to worry about?
One of the cars is a 3.0-litre diesel, so wondering what tax band that would fall under?
Filed under importing - Asked by Alex Parris (Gorey) - Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:02
We want to import our Mercedes-Benz into Ireland from the UK. We understand that VRT needs to be paid, but do not understand the VAT element. What is the VAT due on? On the value of the car, or the VRT that needs to be paid?
Filed under importing - Asked by Jim Com (Ireland) - Tue, 03 Aug 2021 20:08
I am moving back to Ireland permanently next year from Australia. I own a 2016 VW Amorak that I want to bring back with me. I own the vehicle for more than six months. Can you confirm if I will be exempt from VRT and if there are any other taxes, unexpected costs on arrival in Ireland?
Filed under importing - Asked by Bryan Glynn - Wed, 30 Jun 2021 17:34
I am going to be moving from UK to Ireland. If I have owned two vehicles for more than six months are both vehicles exempt?
Thanks in advance
Filed under importing - Asked by Scott Jolly (Ipswich) - Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:19
My daughter drove home to Dublin from London last October in her UK-registered car. It has been sitting on the road outside the house since then, she drives around occasionally to keep the battery up. She is still here because of the lockdown here and in London. My neighbour has said that if someone reports the car to Customs that they can take it off her and she will have to pay import duty to get it back. She has owned it more than six months. It is her intention that if we and the UK EVER get out of lockdown that she will drive back to London.
She has no money as a result of Covid and is on the Covid payment and came home because she could not afford her rent in London. My husband and myself have been in lockdown for over a year now, we are just not able for the worry of this. Have you any advice please? We do not have a driveway big enough to take this car.
Filed under importing - Asked by Helen ONeill (Dublin) - Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:03
I am interested in importing a used 3.0-litre V6 Jaguar XF from England (2013-2014 and about £12,000). I am finding the real cost of doing so very confusing especially the VAT implications. If I have to pay the Irish VAT rate of 21% is it possible to avoid paying VAT on the car in the UK or will I be paying VAT in both countries? Also, since the XF is manufactured in the UK does this mean that it is exempt from the 10% customs duties incurred since Jan 2021? Any insight would be much appreciated.
Filed under importing - Asked by Eoin Murray (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:29
I have a two-part question. Can you offer clarification on the distinction between registering a car vs importing a car to NI/ROI after the Brexit cut-off date? Back story: I have a GB reg car and I've been the registered keeper of it for more than two years. I took it to NI in Sep 2020, before the Brexit cut off date of 1 Jan 2021. However, it has still been registered at a GB address, whilst I move between the two countries. I am now ready to register the car in NI at a permanent address.
1) Are there UK custom duties and VAT now attached to this if I register it in NI? Or because the car was taken (can I say imported?) to NI before the cut off date - just not registered - is the process the same pre-Brexit? It is still registered at an English address. I would specifically like to check if registering the vehicle in NI before the cut off date was necessary to avoid the extra UK import fees due to Brexit?
2) When I subsequently move to the ROI, will the car be subjected to Irish Customs Duty, VAT and VRT? I keep reading used cars from Northern Ireland will not be subjected to the new customs/VAT fees but I'm not sure if this is applicable to the car detailed above. Revenue.ie state: "You can register a vehicle registered before 1 January 2021 without any checks on the customs status if it was registered: i) in Northern Ireland or ii) to a person resident in Northern Ireland". So whilst it wasn't registered in Northern Ireland, it was registered to a person with an address in Northern Ireland before the cut off date.
Any information is gratefully received.
Filed under importing - Asked by Caroline Ponsonby (Lisburn) - Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:53