I was wondering if anyone here has brought a car in from the north or the UK and received the VRT exemption? If so, can you give some details about the documentation and stuff that you had to provide?
I'm in a situation where I'm from the north and living in the north, driving a northern reg car with a Northern/UK driving license, but may be moving to Dublin soon for work. Currently the car is registered, taxed, insured and MOT'd for the north.
From the outside it might sound like I'm exempt from VRT however I'm not sure if I am. The reason for this is that I bought the car originally in 2004 when I was working in Dublin. About a year and a half later my contract at work finished and I left Ireland completely and went to work abroad in Europe and left the car in the North. I arrived back from Europe towards the end of last year and have been living in the North since then at my parents, but haven't been working. It is now almost two years since I last lived and worked in the Republic.
If I do move to Dublin, I don't want to be driving around worried about being stopped by Customs/Gardai about not having the car re-registered, however like anyone, if I'm legally exempt from paying VRT, I sure don't want to pay it. I have checked online and my VRT quote was just over 1000 euro and while I would prefer to have that money in my pocket, I would be willing to pay it in order to have peace of mind.
Another factor is that I don't see myself staying in the Republic forever and would most likely leave again in less than two years and may have to import it back into the North then.
As far as I understand, you need to provide documentation about the vehicle and yourself to prove that you were outside the Republic for at least 6 months. I guess my problem is that because I havent been working for a while, this evidence is tricky to produce for the last 6-7 months. The period before that I lived abroad so a lot of the documenation is not in English.
I guess I'm also worried that they might try and trace back and have me produce evidence right back from the time I bought the car almost 4 years ago and fine me in some way for not paying VRT then.
This might sound strange but this issue is a big reason why I'm reluctant to move back to Dublin for work.
Any thoughts or experiences to share?