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How to calculate this SEAT's VRT?

I'm thinking of buying a 2016 1.4 petrol SEAT Alhambra up north, but I cannot find out the cost of the VRT. I have been told that I need to bring it in first so they can calculate the cost, which I cannot take a chance on. It is not on the VRT calculator and I have made phone calls only to be told they cannot give me estimate...

Filed under VRT - Asked by Pamela Keane (Roscommon ) - Sat, 06 May 2017 12:55


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Hi Pamela,

Yes, this seems to be a very silly oversight by Revenue (possibly they’re a bit petrol-blind because of the preponderance of diesel imports). The VRT on an equivalent 2.0 TDI Alhambra would be in the region of €6,700, so given the 1.4 TSI’s higher CO2 rating, we’d put around another €1,000 on that for safety’s sake and that should put you in roughly the right ballpark.

Beware though — even once you bring it in for an inspection, you might get some odd valuation simply because there are few, if any, 1.4 Alhambras already in Ireland for them to base a valuation on. It might be a good idea to approach some SEAT dealers and ask them to give you a rough valuation of the car so as you can back yourself up if you have to query Revenue’s OMSP prediction.

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