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What are the penalties for late VRT reg?

Hi there,

Could you possibly tell me what penalty is payable with VRT when registering a car bought in Northern Ireland after the 30-day period to register has passed?

Filed under importing - Asked by Babs O'Gorman (Manorhamilton) - Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:39

Will I buy a car in UK before moving home?

Hi there,

I read your excellent article on importing from the UK with the new rules. I'm Irish, living in UK but moving back home next August. I'm looking at buying here and bringing it home, and could buy now or closer to August. I see that I would owe a NOx levy, VRT of probably 31% OMSP for the model I want, plus 10% customs plus 21% VAT, so a minimum of 62% of OMSP. Seems totally prohibitive but I understand the rationale.

My question is - does having the car and owning it here for more than six months affect the VAT and customs duty? If I had owned a car here and was moving across to Ireland would I still need to pay 60% plus of the car's market value just to register it in Ireland?



Filed under importing - Asked by A Rogers (London) - Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:44

Do I have the new Brexit import rules right?


I usually change car every three years and I buy in the UK and import, usually Audi A6 diesel ultra. With the changes just so I’m right, emissions will have gone up, also VAT will be applicable on top of VRT now? Also, this applies only from the UK? If you buy a Belfast car it’s VRT and emissons, no VAT, is that correct?



Filed under importing - Asked by Fran Duffy (Kells Meath) - Mon, 01 Feb 2021 00:19

Paperwork needed for NI imported car?

Buying a car purchased by a NI garage before Xmas but originally registered in UK. Do I need additional paperwork for VRT centre e.g. proof they purchased and imported cars before Brexit?

Filed under importing - Asked by L GKelly - Fri, 05 Feb 2021 23:54

VAT situation on importing from UK?!

Probably done to death but I can't see anything concrete stated as I trawl the sites. All I can see is "you may be liable for VAT," but no clarity on what conditions will change that "may" to a "will". From the latest guidance I could find on Revenue's website for a private buyer buying used car (>6,000 miles) from a UK (VAT-registered) trader that I could see (snippet below) my understanding would be that I could buy from a UK dealer (a VAT-registered one) and import paying VRT (and the NOx levy) as normal but without any VAT liability.

I can't see clear guidance on import duties, but assume that 10 per cent is valid on entry. Any expert knowledge out there that can clarify why I'm (likely) wrong?

10.1 Purchase of second-hand vehicles by a private individual from a person in another country

Where a private individual purchases a second-hand vehicle from a VAT-registered trader, including a motor dealer, in another country

Where a private individual purchases a second-hand vehicle from a motor dealer or any VAT-registered trader in another country, the price will generally include any VAT or other tax chargeable in that country. This VAT cannot be reclaimed. There is no VAT liability in Ireland. In respect of VRT, the owner of the vehicle must make a booking with an NCTS Centre within 7 days of the vehicle entering the State and registration must be completed within 30 days of the vehicle entering the State. The VRT liability can be calculated using the VRT Calculator on the Revenue website.

Filed under importing - Asked by John Scmidt (Dublin) - Wed, 03 Feb 2021 16:07

Can I claim back VAT on a UK import?


Can I claim VAT back on a second hand UK car? I’m not VAT-registered. I’m looking at importing a Jan 2020 electric Peugeot e-208.


Dave Bohan (Cork)

Filed under importing - Asked by Dave Bohan (Cork) - Thu, 04 Feb 2021 08:12

What costs to import a Hilux from the North?

If I import a used 2017 Hilux from Northern Ireland, what additional costs do I have? I want to insure and tax as private as my business doesn’t have a VAT number. Cost of Hilux without VAT is £20,000 approx.

Filed under importing - Asked by Damien Byrne - Sun, 24 Jan 2021 14:29

VRT on motorbikes for 2021 on?

How does VRT work for importing second hand motorbikes from the UK in 2021? Can't find information anywhere.

Thanks, Daniel

Filed under importing - Asked by Daniel B (Dublin) - Sat, 30 Jan 2021 18:46

Is there VAT on used cars from the North?

Is there VAT on second hand cars from the North?

Filed under importing - Asked by Matt Flynn (Castlebar ) - Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:26

VRT and price to import an Aston DB9?

What is the likely VRT on an Aston Martin DB9: 2005 from both the UK and Northern Ireland?


Filed under importing - Asked by Desmond Hayes (Limerick ) - Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:55

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