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Looking at a BMW i8 import, now or in 2021?

I am looking at possibly purchasing a plug-in hybrid car imported from the UK (possibly registered Jan 2019). Its CO2 is 46g/km and NOx is 11mg/km. It is costing £63k Sterling and Revenue is estimating €99,000 for a BMW i8 Roadster less 33% deprecation.

If purchased before end of December there is 14% VRT (€11,600 approx.) and I believe there is a rebate of €2,250. How is this claimed back as a private individual?

If registered in January there is only 7% VRT; is this correct? So in theory less expensive in January 2021?

All presuming Brexit does not happen. If Brexit happens what is additional surcharge? Is it 10% on all UK imports over and above VRT?

Thanks for any info that would clarify above

Regards David  

Filed under importing - Asked by David Fleming (Dublin) - Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:09

Will no-deal Brexit mean more importing costs?

Will a 'no deal' Brexit make any difference to importing a second hand car from the UK in 2021? Extra costs like tariffs etc?

Thanks Dermot

Filed under importing - Asked by Dermot Hedigan (Cork) - Sat, 17 Oct 2020 23:15

Should I register my imported pickup now?


I’m looking to buy a Toyota Hilux Active Double Cab pickup, a 3.0-litre automatic from Northern Ireland for £15,000. Would it benefit me to register it in Ireland before Jan 2021? Also, I’m using it for my business. How much will motor tax cost annually? I do not know what the NOx emissions are or where to obtain them.

Regards Donal Slattery

Filed under importing - Asked by Eamon Slattery (Co Galway) - Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:22

Will Budget 2021 impact costs of importing?


Will the new budget impact on importing a car from the UK, i.e. extra VRT and NOx charge?

Filed under importing - Asked by Thomas Rooney (Clane) - Tue, 13 Oct 2020 22:52

Should I register my imported Mercedes now?


I have just bought a 2016 Mercedes-Benz V-Class V 250 d in the UK, which is due to arrive into the country this week. The CO2 is 166g/km and NOx is 0.063. What will I be paying to tax the car annually and on the basis there are new rules for registered cars in 2021 is there any sense in keeping the car in UK until January and registering in Ireland then?

I am a little confused now with the new regime!

Filed under importing - Asked by Brian Carroll (Dublin) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:24

How to change reg from UK to Irish?


I recently bought a car from the UK, through an auction and obviously the car reg isn't Irish, it's British; where do I start in changing the whole process of the reg?

Filed under importing - Asked by Arunas Daniel (Cavan) - Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:04

Looking for NOx figure for 1993 Mercedes...


I am thinking of importing a 1993 Mercedes 250D diesel into Ireland and am trying to find the NOx charge as there is no figure on the log book. How do I work out this charge please before I import to see if it's worth my while?

Can you help please?

Filed under importing - Asked by David McGrane (Cork) - Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:04

How to work out VRT of non-listed car?

What if the specific car is not shown on the VRT calculator? For example 2019 Peugeot 508 1.6 petrol automatic GT-Line. There is no 1.6 petrol shown. I don't want to import the car without knowing the price to pay.


Filed under importing - Asked by Ian Delaney (Naas) - Sat, 26 Sep 2020 20:37

Can I import a Nissan Leaf from Japan?

How about importing a Nissan Leaf from Japan?

Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Murphy (MILLSTREET Co Cork ) - Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:34

Thinking of getting a newer Hyundai Tucson...

Hi all,

I’m a big fan of the Tucson and have a 161 model. With the third edition coming out for 211, I would love to get a 201 Premium with the panoramic sunroof etc. Will the arrival of the new model lead to much of a drop in the premium 201 model used price?

Also, it seems they’re plentiful in the UK. How can I best trade in my 161 against a UK Tucson Premium and is it worth the hassle to look to the UK at all?


Filed under importing - Asked by Richie Daly (Waterford) - Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:52

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