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Will my private van be given a CVT still?

Hi there,

I’ve just bought a van it’s described as a goods vehicle on my registration document. I’m taxing it for private use as I’m not farming anymore. Do I need to get goods changed to private on the registration document? And how much will DOE test cost and will it be still tested in centre for vans?

Regards Catherine

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Bridie Kenny ( Galway) - Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:48

Can I buy a commercial for private use?

I want to buy a 3.0-litre Toyota Hilux or Mitsubishi L200 vehicle, for the purpose of transporting horse and ponies by horsebox. I have a herd number as I am the owner of several equines and have my premises registered. Can I buy the above models, as commercial vehicles, but get private motor tax and insurance on them, as I do not have a business or trade and am using the vehicle for recreational use? I can't seem to get any answers or details from tax office.


Jane, Co. Galway

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Jacinta MCarthy (Galway) - Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:47

Can I privately run a commercial car van?

Your article on Commercial Vehicles for private use focuses on large commercial vehicles. In my case, I'm just looking for a very inexpensive car e.g. a 2017 SEAT Ibiza with the back seats removed that is currently classified as a Commercial Vehicle and taxed and registered as such. However, I'm wondering if I could insure, tax and register it as a private vehicle? What would I have to do in order to do so?

Thanks, Maria

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Maria De Souza (Dublin) - Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:15

Can I convert an estate to be an LCV?

Hi guys,

Just wondering whether it is possible to convert an estate/touring/wagon into full commercial vehicle to avail of the €333 rate of tax etc? If so, what do the dimensions of the space in the back need to be and are there any other requirements and stipulations such as no spare wheel?


Nick, Dublin

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Nick Symmons (Dublin) - Sun, 28 Jul 2019 00:12

Can I buy a Toyota Hilux for mixed use?


I have a Toyota RAV4 for private use and I use it going to work everyday and now I’m planning to change my RAV4 for a Hilux pick-up. Is it possible for me to buy this car? I’m going to use for work as property maintenance and the same time I will use as the family car. I’m not VAT-registered, I’m only self employed with pay-as-you-earn business. Your thoughts?

Thank you

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Alvin Brato (Dublin 7) - Sat, 01 Jun 2019 09:23

Can I tax a Nissan van privately?

Can I tax and insure a Nissan NV 300 1.6 van for my own personal, social, domestic and pleasure use, and how much would road tax cost?



Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by James Clark (Ballina) - Wed, 05 Jun 2019 19:07

How best to buy a Range Rover commercial?

I'm 21 years old and working with my father on our farm. We are registered for VAT and I am wanting to buy a Range Rover Sport. Its a five-seater 3.0-litre TDV6, but you can VRT it as a commercial for €918. How can I get commercial insurance under my own name and commercial tax? Will I have to VRT it through the company?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by John Nolan (Enniscorthy) - Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:27

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

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