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A work-home vehicle conundrum...


I have a question in relation to insuring an SUV on a private policy and taxing it as commercial. The details of it are: I work as a sole trader and have a company registered etc so all the paper work is covered. However, I need a car for private use and for carrying equipment for work etc. The insurance company have told me the only way to have any private use of a commercial SUV would be to insure it privately with a clause for it to have work use also. I'm trying to find out if I insure it as private will I also have to tax it as private, even though it is a commercial vehicle and primarily used for business. My only other option is to run and insure two different vehicles, only able to use my no-claims discount on one, making it extremely expensive.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Paul Cuddihy (Drogheda) - Sat, 04 May 2019 22:30

Can I tax a small van privately?


Can I insure a small van (Ford Fiesta) commercially and tax it privately?


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Trevor Byrne (Portlaoise) - Thu, 09 May 2019 15:03

Are pick-ups as comfortable as the Discovery?


Read your article about commercial vehicles with interest. Just wondering how these crew cab pick-ups would compare to the Land Rover Discovery Commercial. As a daily driver that is. Are the refinement levels of the Discovery still far beyond these?


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by David Mulvany (Navan) - Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:06

How can I use a commercial van privately?


I have to buy a van (Opel Vivaro). My question is, can I use that van privately? Is it possible to change a commercial van to a private van? If yes, how, please?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by KATARZYNA GAJOS (MIDLETON) - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:09

Can I get low tax on a converted camper?

If I covert a commercial vehicle, say a 2017 Volkswagen Transporter, to a camper van and get it certified etc, will I qualify for the lower rate of road tax?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by VINCENT CROWLEY (Cork) - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:14

What to do with my converted UK campervan?


I have a 2005 Citroen Relay 2.2-litre van I converted to a campervan in the UK. I am looking into registering it here, as I have moved back permanently. I went through the UK DVLA and converted it officially, but they did not change the vehicle category. It is N1. I checked this with them when I got the log book back and they said it remains as is, a commerical vehicle.

Here I understand I need to go through the whole palaver again and get an engineer to sign off the conversion, so it is MI, passenger vehicle. If I am looking at this thing correctly, I would be paying €900+ tax? Onto insurance, any idea what I would be paying on this size vehicle? I have two years' no claims driving it in the UK. Do they accept UK no claims here? It's hard to find the information online as you need to enter your reg and as it doesn't have an Irish reg yet, I have met some dead ends. The van is not worth much and it looks like it will cost me a whole lot more to run it here than in the UK. I am trying to get an idea before I start spending money, if it's a good idea to keep it, leave it on the drive or see if I can take it back or sell it to a UK driver. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by E O'Mahony O'Mahony (Cork City) - Tue, 03 Jul 2018 20:35

Do car-based vans need an NCT?

Do car-based vans need an NCT?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Bob Bob (Cork) - Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:34

Peugeot Expert van or Ford Transit Connect?

Hi, I'm looking to buy either a 2005 Peugeot Expert van for around €3,500 with 75,000 miles on the clock or a 2005 Ford Transit Connect T220 van with 120,000 miles for the sameish price. What would be the best one to buy and what problems would I have to look out for?

Thank you

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Ruairi Mc Carthy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:03

What's a Volkswagen Transporter 4Motion?

What's a Volkswagen Transporter 4Motion?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Ray Brophy (Kilkenny) - Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:22

Can I convert a Hyundai Santa Fe CV back?

Hi, I have a 2007 commercial Hyundai Santa Fe. Do you know if it is possible to retrofit rear passenger seats to this make and model?

Thank you

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Lisa Carroll (Kilkenny) - Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:19

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