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I have a car in the UK for my sister...

I am living in the UK and bought a car in London on behalf of my sister in Dublin with a view to transfer before Brexit hits. For a variety of reasons I had to register the car initially in my name. On completing the sale the dealer mentions "oh by the way due to COVID, DVLA will take six weeks to get the new V5 logbook to you"!

So, can she arrange to have it shipped to Dublin before I get the V5 (so it arrives in Ireland before 1st Jan 2021 to avoid any potential customs tariff if no-deal Brexit)? What happens if I can't get the V5 to her before her 30 days to sort the VRT expires (as now seems likely)? I do have a copy of the previous one with CO2 and NOX figures. Will she struggle to insure it without the V5 in her name? I have a bad feeling this will not end well!

Any advice appreciated.

Filed under importing - Asked by Peter Dupont (LONDON) - Sat, 19 Dec 2020 23:45

How to change tax status of a Land Rover?


I'm considering buying a secondhand Land Rover within Ireland that has been classed as commercial for tax purposes by the current owner. However, I'd like to use and tax it for private use, which I think can be done by paying the higher rate of tax after purchase. However, I'm a bit stumped as to how to do it! The Revenue forms to change the class of taxation say I should have insurance in order to request a change in the tax class. However I am unable to get insurance for a commercial vehicle in my name. It seems without the insurance I can't change the tax class but I am unable to get insurance based on the current tax class the car is registered in.

Seems a bit of a catch-22, can you help?


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Sheila Hopkins (Lifford) - Sun, 06 Dec 2020 01:17

Can I claim back VRT importing to NI?

I live in the Northern Ireland. If I buy a new car from a dealer in the Republic, can I claim back the VRT and pay UK import duties? Would this be financially wise?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Jackie Rodgers (DERRY) - Thu, 10 Dec 2020 21:59

Do I need an insurance green card now?

I will be travelling from Wales via Holyhead by car. I am old enough to remember "green cards" for motorists on continental roads; will I require one when driving in the Irish Republic?

Eddy Rowlands, Anglesey

Filed under insurance - Asked by Eddy Rowlands (Beaumaris) - Fri, 11 Dec 2020 10:40

Make sense to import a van to convert?

Hi there,

I'm thinking of importing a panel van (Peugeot Boxer) from the UK to convert to a camper in Ireland. Is this a wise thing to do considering VRT etc?

Filed under importing - Asked by Jason Christiansen - Sun, 20 Dec 2020 08:24

NCT test for privately taxed van?

If I tax a van privately, which test applies, NCT or commercial vehicle test?

Martin from Carlow

Filed under NCT - Asked by Martin Smith (Carlow) - Mon, 14 Dec 2020 21:36

What's up with my Honda hybrid?

Hi there,

I own a 2012 imported Honda Fit Hybrid. On extended journeys, or if the air conditioning is on for an extended period, the IMA light comes on. It always turns off after the car is turned off and on again and doesn't impact on the car's performance. I bought a cheap Bluetooth scanner but it cannot detect any engine codes. I had a new battery put in but the light still comes on on occasion. Any ideas?

Filed under fault - Asked by John M (Dublin) - Sun, 13 Dec 2020 16:06

Will my BMW 220i's tax change in 2021?


I'm considering buying a car in the UK. It is a BMW 220i and has a 1,998cc engine. I would hope to have it registered in Ireland before the end of Dec 2020. I understand that the motor tax on higher-emitting engines is going to change from 2021, but is it likely that the tax on this car would be increased greatly?

Thank you for your assistance.


Filed under taxation - Asked by Mary Newe (Dublin) - Thu, 10 Dec 2020 16:11

Should I stick with BMW diesel for now?

I drive 65,000km a year, mostly to Dublin, Cork and Galway and Dublin Airport. I have owned four 520d M Sports and on average get 40mpg. I am changing again and very interested in hybrid and considering a 530e M Sport with 26,000km on it. I change the car about every 15 months as I do high mileage and would like to go greener but running costs are my main concern. Currently I get the VAT back on diesel as I am VAT registered. I'm conscious that we will eventually have to go this way and wondering should I make that move now. What do you think?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Howard Simpson (Ballymoe) - Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:38

When is the updated Kia Picanto here?

When is the updated Kia Picanto going on sale in Ireland?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Colum Madden (Galway) - Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:54