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Are these Hyundais and Skoda coming here?

Are the Hyundai i10 N and i20 N coming to Ireland? And the Skoda Octavia Scout? When will it make its debut? There are no used Octavia Scouts in the 2017 to 2019 range; I have been watching all the car-selling websites in Ireland for four years now and nothing.

M L (Kildare)

Feb 2021 Filed under: future cars

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Can I buy a Citroen Ami here?

Hi there.

I have been reading about the Citroen AMI all electric vehicle and am very interested in purchasing one. Citroen Ireland tells me it has no plans to market the vehicle here. I am wondering how our department would treat this vehicle; as an electric car? Or quadricycle? Would Revenue want a cut for importing a vehicle? VAT and VRT? Purchase price is circa €6,000 in France and you can buy one online. I don't have the finances to buy a "Normal" electric vehicle where the cheapest seems to be in the €25K region. Would the Department of Transport want road tax, log book, registration fees etc?

Any pointers you might offer would be appreciated.

John Ryan. Dublin 12

John Ryan (Dublin 12)

Feb 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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NOx value for 2021 SEAT Leon TDI?

How much is NOx does a 2012 SEAT Leon 1.6 diesel emit?

Kevin Boylan (Monaghan )

Jan 2021 Filed under: VRT

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Are electric cars subject to new import taxes?

Importing a fully electric car from the UK: are these still VRT and VAT exempt, as fully electric cars, up to the limit of €35k? Importing a fully electric car from NI: is this as above as well?

Regards, Donal

Donal Murphy (Cork)

Feb 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

Babs O'Gorman (Manorhamilton)

Feb 2021 Filed under: importing

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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?



A Rogers (London)

Feb 2021 Filed under: importing

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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.

Owen Ryan (Templemore)

Feb 2021 Filed under: warranty

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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?



Fran Duffy (Kells Meath)

Feb 2021 Filed under: importing

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Best electric car?

Best electric car?

John Meenan (Newbridge)

Jan 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

Alan Shannon (Ennis )

Feb 2021 Filed under: NCT

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