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I am going to be moving from UK to Ireland. If I have owned two vehicles for more than six months are both vehicles exempt?
Thanks in advance
Filed under importing - Asked by Scott Jolly (Ipswich) - Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:19
My daughter drove home to Dublin from London last October in her UK-registered car. It has been sitting on the road outside the house since then, she drives around occasionally to keep the battery up. She is still here because of the lockdown here and in London. My neighbour has said that if someone reports the car to Customs that they can take it off her and she will have to pay import duty to get it back. She has owned it more than six months. It is her intention that if we and the UK EVER get out of lockdown that she will drive back to London.
She has no money as a result of Covid and is on the Covid payment and came home because she could not afford her rent in London. My husband and myself have been in lockdown for over a year now, we are just not able for the worry of this. Have you any advice please? We do not have a driveway big enough to take this car.
Filed under importing - Asked by Helen ONeill (Dublin) - Fri, 19 Mar 2021 12:03
I am interested in importing a used 3.0-litre V6 Jaguar XF from England (2013-2014 and about £12,000). I am finding the real cost of doing so very confusing especially the VAT implications. If I have to pay the Irish VAT rate of 21% is it possible to avoid paying VAT on the car in the UK or will I be paying VAT in both countries? Also, since the XF is manufactured in the UK does this mean that it is exempt from the 10% customs duties incurred since Jan 2021? Any insight would be much appreciated.
Filed under importing - Asked by Eoin Murray (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:29
I have a two-part question. Can you offer clarification on the distinction between registering a car vs importing a car to NI/ROI after the Brexit cut-off date? Back story: I have a GB reg car and I've been the registered keeper of it for more than two years. I took it to NI in Sep 2020, before the Brexit cut off date of 1 Jan 2021. However, it has still been registered at a GB address, whilst I move between the two countries. I am now ready to register the car in NI at a permanent address.
1) Are there UK custom duties and VAT now attached to this if I register it in NI? Or because the car was taken (can I say imported?) to NI before the cut off date - just not registered - is the process the same pre-Brexit? It is still registered at an English address. I would specifically like to check if registering the vehicle in NI before the cut off date was necessary to avoid the extra UK import fees due to Brexit?
2) When I subsequently move to the ROI, will the car be subjected to Irish Customs Duty, VAT and VRT? I keep reading used cars from Northern Ireland will not be subjected to the new customs/VAT fees but I'm not sure if this is applicable to the car detailed above. Revenue.ie state: "You can register a vehicle registered before 1 January 2021 without any checks on the customs status if it was registered: i) in Northern Ireland or ii) to a person resident in Northern Ireland". So whilst it wasn't registered in Northern Ireland, it was registered to a person with an address in Northern Ireland before the cut off date.
Any information is gratefully received.
Filed under importing - Asked by Caroline Ponsonby (Lisburn) - Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:53
My warning to change the engine oil is on even though I have only done only a few hundred miles since new!
Filed under fault - Asked by Luk Comanescu (Cahir Co. Tipperary) - Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:53
How much would it cost roughly to tax a commercial van like a Ford Transit ot Transit Connect LWB or something similar for private use?
Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Rhys Rutherford (Ballinasloe ) - Thu, 18 Mar 2021 12:03
I have a 191 Ford Kuga Utility four-seat commercial that I'm looking in the near future to use privately. Is this as simple as insuring and taxing it as a private vehicle or are there any other steps, i.e re-registering it as a private vehicle?
Thanks in advance for your help
Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Stuart Coonerny - Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:16
When does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 go on sale in Ireland and how much will it be?
Filed under future cars - Asked by Barry Cunningham (Galway) - Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:01
Will there be a VW Tiguan PHEV in Ireland?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Bob Butler (Lucan) - Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:56
I would like to know if the Volkswagen Grand California van is available now in America? I’m looking for this type of camper. It has everything I need and it’s very compact, not huge like most RV campers, this is about the size of a conversion van or little bit bigger. Also, can I get this camper in the State of Georgia?
Please get back to me.
Thank you, John
Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by John Blane (Valdosta, Ga. ) - Tue, 16 Mar 2021 01:03