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Car insurance for US driver returning home

  • 22-01-2023 4:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5

    Just wondering if anyone can direct me or make suggestions. I am returning home to Ireland with a U.S. drivers license and will get a provisional license when I get there. I will be closing on a property in Wicklow in 3 weeks, so I have an Irish address. I am bringing over my 2022 Model Y Performance, left hand drive Tesla because it is paid in full and I would lose too much money selling it now. I understand that I will have to pay more than the average because I have not lived for one year in Ireland recently AND I don’t have a full Irish license but I cannot find one company willing to even give me a quote.



  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭Dasein

    make sure you don't have to pay vrt or vat on importing your car

    getting insurance on a LHD will be expensive also - and selling it here will be a massive pain

    I'd sell it there and take the hit tbh

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 gardenhills70

    I just want to see how much it is to see if it is worth it because I am going to lose about 20,000 selling it here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 gardenhills70

    And no I will be exempt because I am returning home and not selling it before a year, I already checked that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,735 ✭✭✭lalababa

    Probally better to sell it in the US. 😑

    Ask the insurance companies what the main problem is. Ring some brokers rather than companies.

    There is a company/brokerage in sligo/Donegal that specialises for people that have experience in non Irish licences...can't think of the name🙄

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 gardenhills70

    If you do remember please post it thanks.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭gipi

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 gardenhills70

    I am waiting on a response from them thank-you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 209 ✭✭Bez Bing

    I used Kennco when I came back but I had a full Irish license and was insuring a car I bought here.

    I reckon you may need to take the hit a sell in the US.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,735 ✭✭✭lalababa

    Yes, I think Britton.

  • Registered Users Posts: 148 ✭✭SweetSand

    I would absolutely strongly advise to get rid of that car in US. I know you are saying you ll be losing $20K but it’s worth even less in Ireland. To start with - it’s dangerous to drive being on the other side of the road. My friend brought Irish car to France years ago and she said it wasn’t the best option to say the least. You will only have a provisional license to start with, do you realise for you to drive you have to have full licensed person with you in the car. I can’t imagine how much your insurance will be if you can even find one (probably not, unless you have a family and you can be named driver). It’s absolutely not worth a hassle. What spec is it? Where in US are you? The biggest problem with Tesla - they dropped their prices and it sucks but honestly, do not even entertain it for a second bringing it to Ireland.

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