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Has anyone imported a uk car to Ireland? How much did it actually cost?

  • 07-12-2021 10:21am
    Registered Users Posts: 12 spamchops


    We've sold up and moved to Ireland this summer, we now live in County Roscommon. We have a little uk fiesta which we now need to change for a bigger car, it was great for zipping about and viewing houses, but is now too small. I'd quite like a Mitsubishi Outlander, and enquired at a dealer as to whether they would take my little fiesta as part ex. They said fine, so ok so far.

    However, the dealer wants a lot for his car and looking at cars over here is a bit of an eye opener, silly mileages that no dealer would try to sell with over in the uk, and very high prices. Looking at Outlanders in the uk, I can get a far better, cheaper car for the money (4-5k).

    What I'm wondering is if all the taxes you pay when importing and converting the car eat up the difference in cost? To be honest, I'd put up for evening up on the cost as I'd still have a better, low milage car. What do you think?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 spamchops

    Ah, I have just spotted a sticky. I'll have a look.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭ User1998

    Purchase price + shipping x 0.353 and then add VRT.

    VRT can be calculated on the VRT calculator.

    Other costs include customs broker, tax, NCT.

    Its not viable importing from the UK anymore.

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,137 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    Too late now but if you had bought the Outlander last year when you were still living in the UK then you would have qualified for a VRT exemption through transfer of residency.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,159 ✭✭✭ kanuseeme

    Customs broker is 100 euro,

    Its hard to do and possible to buy vat free in the UK, also duty free, if its UK made or EU made and under 3 years old, pay vat here then and nct, outlander is Japanese so 10% duty.

    Dealers want you to believe that its impossible, thinking of doing the same myself.

  • Registered Users Posts: 244 ✭✭ BingCrosbee

    Go up north, the import of a car into the republic is easier and cheaper. It is worth investigating and the spec. and mileage is much better.

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  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Susan Purring Gorilla

    I was sure Mitubushi had pulled out of Europe?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,471 ✭✭✭ Casati

    kanuseeme is 100% correct here - still some value in importing < 3 year old vat qualifying cars in U.K. A lot of car supermarkets sell such cars- that were leased originally and then sold at auctions. Prices are high in UK at the moment mind you its harder to find value but dealers here are still importing and selling on thousands of cars

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭ User1998

    Sure there are some VAT qualifying cars out there but good luck finding someone who will actually sell you the car ex VAT without you having a VAT number

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,227 ✭✭✭ extra-ordinary_

    It used to be that you would pay the UK VAT and then get it refunded once the vehicle was exported from the UK, is this still not the case?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,471 ✭✭✭ Casati

    Not in my experience but potentially some UK dealers might not release the VAT until you prove its exported

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 spamchops

    We were planning to buy a secondhand car, we've never paid additional tax for a used car ever, unless it is part of the sale price. We've seen loads on Mitsubishis for sale on autotrader, much cheaper and lower mileage than over here. I can't see why we couldn't fly over, buy the car and drive it back on the ferry. No one asked about the car when we came over in the summer, they assumed we were holidaymakers. We thought we'd deal with the paperwork after. We've been driving out uk fiesta all this time, but are aware we only have 12 months before it has to be registered.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭ User1998

    You only have 30 days before it needs to be registered. After this you start paying late penalties and risk your car being taken if you come across a revenue checkpoint.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 spamchops

    Well, we just bought a ford focus over here today. We've been driving the fiesta around for months, we read 12 months, so either way, we got away with that one as we were never stopped and we did thousands of miles house hunting over the summer.