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Private motor tax on a VW Amarok?

What is the cost of private tax on a Volkswagen Amarok 160hp?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Gerry Clancy ( Kilrush Clare ) - Sat, 17 Oct 2020 18:28

Will the VRT on my Mercedes reduce in 2021?

I bought a 2010 Mercedes 350 CDI; will the VRT go down in January as it will be a year older?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Ciara O Reilly (Dublin) - Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:24

How to work out the VRT paid on a car?

Can I find out how much VRT was paid on a car?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Paul Hickey (Blarney) - Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:55

How to change Peugeot 2008 units in speedo?

How do you change from kilometres to miles on a 2020 Peugeot 2008 SUV?

Filed under mileage - Asked by Valerie Anderson (Inverness) - Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:58

Can you clarify 2021 EV taxes for business?


My question relates to the 2021 Budget and the changes relating to BEV purchases as a company car. The information provided by the Government was particularly vague and I'm hoping that you can assist.

The proposal is to reduce the VRT rate from 14% to 7%; however it's unclear if the VRT rebate of €5,000 will remain for 2021 as there is mention of a reduction in this for cars over €40K, which basically includes the majority of normal BEVs as I believe it'll be on the OMSP. Do you know will there be any changes to the 0% BIK as I can't find any reference to this in Revenue documents, except for previous pre-2021 budget clarifications that the 0% BIK would be in place for BEVs purchased by the 31st December 2020.

Regards, Joe Boyle.

Filed under business - Asked by Joseph Boyle (Dublin) - Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:55

Looking at a BMW i8 import, now or in 2021?

I am looking at possibly purchasing a plug-in hybrid car imported from the UK (possibly registered Jan 2019). Its CO2 is 46g/km and NOx is 11mg/km. It is costing £63k Sterling and Revenue is estimating €99,000 for a BMW i8 Roadster less 33% deprecation.

If purchased before end of December there is 14% VRT (€11,600 approx.) and I believe there is a rebate of €2,250. How is this claimed back as a private individual?

If registered in January there is only 7% VRT; is this correct? So in theory less expensive in January 2021?

All presuming Brexit does not happen. If Brexit happens what is additional surcharge? Is it 10% on all UK imports over and above VRT?

Thanks for any info that would clarify above

Regards David  

Filed under importing - Asked by David Fleming (Dublin) - Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:09

Will the BMW X5 hybrid's VRT drop in 2021?


The BMW X5 plug-in hybrid emits 77g/km and is 14 per cent VRT rate. Will this go down to 9 per cent VRT in January 2021?


John, Cork.

Filed under VRT - Asked by John Daly (Cork) - Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:22

Would I qualify for PCP?

I am hoping to get car finance. I left a permanent primary teaching job of 18 years in Dublin and moved to the country. I am now on a fixed term contract but will have no problem securing another job next September. My job now requires me to drive to work so I need a reliable vehicle. I have an 03 Toyota that I would hope to trade in for scrappage. I don’t wish to use a guarantor to apply for a loan from credit union/banks. Would I qualify for PCP as I am debt-free and a homeowner since 2007? I could also provide a deposit of €2,000/3,000.


Filed under finance - Asked by Ann Horan (Cork) - Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:51

Tax of a 6.0-litre car in 2021?

What is the price of taxing your car bought in 2012 with a 6.0-litre engine with the new budget rates?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Fionnuala Doyle (Galway) - Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:56

Will no-deal Brexit mean more importing costs?

Will a 'no deal' Brexit make any difference to importing a second hand car from the UK in 2021? Extra costs like tariffs etc?

Thanks Dermot

Filed under importing - Asked by Dermot Hedigan (Cork) - Sat, 17 Oct 2020 23:15