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Why so expensive to import this Civic?


I just got a shocking price trying to import a 2005 Honda Civic EP3, a UK car. Before Xmas it was €1,200 even on the 1st of January through the VRT calculator. My car and engine was on the calculator and then removed. I purchased but didn't collect on 28th of December 2020. It has 105,000 miles on it and NOx of 0.028 gram and I was quoted €4,575 VRT - it costs more than the car did.

I know a person in my area who just bought a Premium Edition 2005 with 120,000 miles and late fee of €600 and he cleared his for €3,040. Why am I being charged more and as I did buy it last year it should still be on last year's rate. It was delivered on 5th of Jan to me and could not get VRT appointment until 19th of Jan.



Filed under importing - Asked by Declan Mccormack (Sligo) - Thu, 28 Jan 2021 22:52

Worth importing a used pick-up from North?


I need a pick up for work, am self-employed. Is it worth buying a second hand one in the North, probably spending about €6-8k, and bringing it down? Just wondering about VRT/NOx levy/VAT etc.


Filed under importing - Asked by Len Naughton (Kildare) - Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:37

How about importing a van to make a camper?

What's the tax/VRT situation with buying a second hand van from the North and bringing it down south? I want to convert it to a camper and want to put Irish plates on it.


Filed under importing - Asked by James Moreton (Ennis) - Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:33

Post-Brexit, moving from the UK to Ireland...


I arrived in Ireland from the UK on Jan 14 to live permanently. I bought a second hand Hyundai Santa Fe in the UK last June. So owned it now for seven months and I want to keep it. I was previously exempt from VRT/NOx tax, but has Brexit changed anything?

All my forms etc are with Revenue so am waiting to hear from them.

Filed under importing - Asked by James Mortuin (Ennis) - Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:31

Ok to buy a car from North, previously in UK?


If I buy a car in Northern Ireland dealership that was in Northern Ireland before 31st Dec, but originated in the UK, will I be liable for 10 per cent custom charges? If car was only brought into Northern Ireland from UK after 1st Jan, would 10 per cent custom charges apply in this instance also?

Filed under importing - Asked by Sean Maher (Dublin) - Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:19

I want to import a new Transit Custom...


I am looking to purchase a brand new Ford Transit Custom MS-RT from the UK, which cannot be got in the Republic of Ireland. My question is , as I am VAT-registered, do I have to now pay VAT in the UK or give the dealer my Irish VAT number? Do I also have to pay import duty? Is there any other hidden cost?



Filed under importing - Asked by Alan O Riordan (Cork ) - Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:15

Can I claim back VAT on this Passat?


I saw a 2018 Volkswagen Passat GTE for sale in the UK. It is VAT-qualifying. Does this mean I can claim back the VAT on it, therefore cancelling out paying the new VAT applied after Brexit? If so I will just be paying VRT?

Filed under importing - Asked by Eoin Burke - Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:07

Has Brexit affecting importing used cars?

How have/will the Brexit trade agreement effect importing cars from the UK?

Filed under importing - Asked by Gerard Mccarthy (Mullingar) - Sat, 09 Jan 2021 11:00

Do we pay VAT on UK-imported cars now?

If I import a second hand UK car (from England, Scotland or Wales) into the Republic of Ireland from 2021 on, am I liable to pay VAT and/or an import charge on top of the current VRT and NOx charge?

Filed under importing - Asked by Keiron Fletcher (Meath) - Thu, 07 Jan 2021 09:03

An unusual import situation for you...

I bought a car up north last January, had to pay the VAT on it. Gearbox then went, eventually got the car back this December, after a lot of arguments. Have to pay VRT now. How do I go about it because the car was here in January?  Any help?

Filed under importing - Asked by Keith Higgins - Fri, 01 Jan 2021 13:50

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