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I am looking at getting a new electric car, and availability/waiting time for the model I'm looking at seems better in the North than here, even if the price saving is limited, so I am looking at buying from a dealer in NI and importing the car.
I have two questions:
1. What's the current status of VRT on imported (pure) electric vehicles? Do I have to pay 7% of OMSP, is there a €5,000 discount, or what?
2. SEAI offers a €5,000 grant for new EVs. However this is applied for/paid out via the dealer (who has to be in the State), and this doesn't make sense to me - it's surely meant to incentivise putting new EVs on Irish roads, and provided I import the car properly, where I bought it from shouldn't matter. In other words, why can't I get that grant on my new EV even if the car is properly imported rather than bought in the State - isn't there a Single Market implication here?
Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Edmond (Limerick) - Thu, 11 Nov 2021 14:44
I am wondering if you are able to help me as I find the car tax system confusing. We have a 1991 Renault horse lorry that is now 30 years old, a 3.5T model. What should it cost to tax?
Filed under taxation - Asked by Olivia Hodges (Cahir) - Thu, 11 Nov 2021 20:10
Is it true that you can't recharge a plug-in hybrid using an extension lead? I read that somewhere, but surely if they can be charged from a domestic three-pin socket, why can't an extension lead be used for longer distances?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Thu, 28 Oct 2021 12:28
Just wondering if you have any advice on what to watch out for when buying a 2018-regstered Audi Q7 e-tron (diesel plug in-hybrid)? The motivation for buying it was an SUV with three ISOFIX points on the back seat while leaving a decent boot for buggies and scooters. Other seven seaters left too small a boot.
Filed under reliability - Asked by David Mulvany (Kells) - Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:26
Thinking of making the move to an electric car for our main family vehicle, but quite hilly where we live and concerned about rear-wheel drive only in some of the options, and all-wheel-drive electric cars are very expensive at the moment. Thinking of an SUV or crossover - what would be the recommended front-wheel-drive make/model in this scenario?
Willing to put on winter tyres etc.
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by John Paul (Letterkenny) - Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:55
How is depreciation worked out for cars and who decided on a percentage figure?
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Fri, 01 Oct 2021 20:26
I'm currently driving a 2014 Mercedes C-Class. I'm looking to upgrade to something 2018 up and maybe move up a class. I'm open to any make/model. I have a big enough commute: 150km a day four days a week. I live in Northern Ireland so I am lucky I get it slightly cheaper.
What would you recommend?
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Brian McElroy (Northern Ireland) - Tue, 17 Aug 2021 12:38
I'm hoping you can help me with something. I recently found your crew cab and commercial article and found it very interesting. I'm currently in an odd position. I'm looking for a crew cab SUV that would be used for work and domestic but I am not a registered business. So the crew cab would need to be reverted back to the original (much higher) tax bracket. I've heard that a PPS number can be used as a tax number and that would be the main hurdle handled. I was wondering if you or your readers have any experience doing this?
The last thing I want is buying an SUV only to find out I can't tax it.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Tom - Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:47
I would like to buy car from Northern Ireland that was brought from UK mainland two months ago and registered by an independent dealer. Car still has UK reg. Do the VAT of 23 per cent and customs duty still apply to me?
Filed under importing - Asked by Vlad Dvadvavosem (Dublin) - Sat, 21 Aug 2021 19:57
Just wondering if you would know how much would it cost to replace the head gasket on a 2008 Kia Picanto automatic?
Filed under repair - Asked by Stuart O Neill (Gorey) - Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:33