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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

Is a write-off still under warranty?

I bought a 2019 Citroen Dispatch Van in the UK with 6,000 miles on it. Had light frontal damage (a wing and a headlight), but was recorded as a category S. I bought the wing and headlamp off Citroen and got the vehicle repaired by an approved body shop. The radio is not working correctly (a common fault) and a sensor went in the exhaust. Citroen refuses to do it under warranty because it's category S. By law can it refuse to do this work? I will get an engineer's report if required but it won't make a difference. In fairness, the dealership is willing to do it but Citroen won't honour it.

Filed under warranty - Asked by Owen Ryan (Templemore) - Fri, 12 Feb 2021 10:01

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

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Filed under electric cars - Asked by John Meenan (Newbridge) - Sun, 31 Jan 2021 21:11

Should I ditch my car after NCT failure?


I am in two minds what to do. My car recently failed the NCT and it is going to cost me nearly €1,000 to fix it or should I leave it and buy a new car?

Filed under NCT - Asked by Alan Shannon (Ennis ) - Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:43

Will interior lights fail the NCT?

Will interior LED lights that go into the footwell fail your car's NCT?

Filed under NCT - Asked by Oisin McG - Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:50

Diesel or petrol Skoda Kamiq?

Is the diesel or the petrol a better investment in the Skoda Kamiq?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Anne Heffernan (Listowel ) - Sat, 06 Feb 2021 22:42

Can I have full VRT break down for the ID.3?

I'm trying to get my mother onto the disabled passenger scheme that means they'll give you a refund of VAT and VRT every second year.

Take the Volkswagen ID.3: your site quotes prices net of delivery, VRT and SEAI grant. Can you tell what an ID.3 would cost net of VRT as well? There's a limit on that scheme of €16k every two years on disabled passengers compared to €10k for driver scheme so taking max benefit of grant can I get breakdown of car with no grant list price maybe including other charges minus VAT minus VRT minus SEAI grant. Or is the SEAI grant part of VRT, ie one or the other?


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Tom Richardson (Tipperary) - Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:19

Should I buy a Tesla Model 3 now?

I am thinking of buying a Tesla Model 3 instead of a Peugeot e-2008. Good idea? Should I wait for a possible M3 price drop? Do you think it may happen over the coming months? Or should I get one before the 21-23% VAT increase? Tough, perhaps impossible to know when to take the plunge.

Thank you.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Peter Dublin (Dublin) - Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:25