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Importing an electric car into ireland

  • 02-03-2022 11:13pm
    Registered Users Posts: 8 Lillymcg

    Was looking into buying an electric car within the next few months. Quite a few options here and in the uk. Just wondering if anyone has experience importing one from the uk? I can see that they are vrt exempt but what’s the story with vat and customs etc?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,447 ✭✭✭ beachhead

    Plenty of discussions on boards about car importing.I wouldn't imagine that just because its electric that any exceptions to the normal import rules are allowed.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    UK. Vat and customs due on the total cost including shipping.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,309 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN

    afaik, if you want to avoid VAT and Customs charges, you can only buy from NI, and even then it has to be a car registered there before a certain date (which I can't quite recall but I'm sure someone will fill us in).

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,369 ✭✭✭ kanuseeme

    Vat and vrt will have to be paid here unless its from NI, customs maybe or maybe not, if the car is of European origin and less than 3 years old, no duty if you apply for returned goods relief. If older than 3 years old 10 % duty applies.

    Cars can be bought without paying VAT in the UK,

    If the car is USA or Chinese made, then the duty could be much higher 20% in the case of American cars.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭ k123456

    STG is not cheap at the moment, so debatable whether savings to be had

    I think if the EV is registered before end of 19, and from NI, no VRT, Duty Vat to be paid

    There are a few threads here detailing everything

    If you decide to buy from NI, can be cheaper to transfer STG purchase price using a third party transfer co, and not your bank

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    Also, the price of EV's in the UK now are on par with here or higher!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,558 ✭✭✭ mailforkev

    Mine is currently over 25% more new in the U.K. than here.

    Unfortunately the good old days of importing are over.

    Post edited by mailforkev on

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,309 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN

    Agree with the last 2 posts.

    I recently bought a 2019 Leaf, and looked in the North as well to see if it would make sense to bring one over, but with the cost of exchange, it was actually costing about 2k more for similar car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 173 ✭✭ Baoithin66

    Hi did you calculate what vat was payable? Is VRT payable on a pre NI registered EV ?

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    VRT is always payable.

    VAT may not be if the car was registered in NI before the end of 2020.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 173 ✭✭ Baoithin66

    I thought VRT was zero on electric pre need it and on pre 21 reg if importing from NI?

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,309 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    Well that's how I did the calculations any way.

    Zero vrt.

    Zero vat, that would be paid in North on the sale price.

    But even then, it was still cheaper to buy here. Price of EV in North was shocking, and weren't many for sale when I was looking.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    Technically there’s VRT, but there’s an allowance. A leaf for example may not attract VRT, but a Tesla Model S will.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo

    Under the VAT rules currently in force in the UK, vehicles first registered in Great Britain and imported into Northern Ireland after 31 December 2020 are liable to: