Compliance for Ireland

Importing a car into Ireland from the UK is a relatively straightforward process. There are no import restrictions on UK registered vehicles that can be brought in from the UK and there are no border examinations to ascertain whether a car passes compliance.

You will have to pay Vehicle Registration Tax(VRT) On any vehicle you import. Here is an FAQ from revenue which will explain the process.

VRT Ireland Guide

To book a car in for its VRT test click below. VRT tests now take place at most NCT(National Car Test) centres.

Book a VRT Test

Before you get to that final part of the import process you should have done extensive homework on what sort of registration tax and annual road tax you will be paying on the vehicle you plan on importing. Registration tax is calculated by a combination of the open market selling price of the car and its CO2 emmissions. There are several bands of payable VRT which are broken down by CO2 emmissions. You can check a cars estimated VRT price by looking at the ROS Calculator.

VRT Calculator

VRT Rate on the CO2 emissions
CO2 Emissions (CO2g/km) Percentage payable of the value of the vehicle
0g/km up to and including 80g/km 14% or €280 whichever is the greater
More than 80g/km up to and including100g/km 15% or €300 whichever is the greater
More than 100g/km up to and including 110g/km 16% or €320 whichever is the greater
More than 110g/km up to and including 120g/km 17% or €340 whichever is the greater
More than 120g/km up to and including 130g/km 18% or €360 whichever is the greater
More than 130g/km up to and including 140g/km 19% or €380 whichever is the greater
More than 140g/km up to and including 155g/km 23% or €460 whichever is the greater
More than 155g/km up to and including 170g/km 27% or €540 whichever is the greater
More than 170g/km up to and including 190g/km 30% or €600 whichever is the greater
More than 190g/km up to and including 225g/km 34% or €680 whichever is the greater
More than 225g/km 36% or €720 whichever is the greater

 

Currently there are savings to be had on cars with low CO2 emmissions. Make sure to check several different models of the vehicle you are looking to import as you may be suprised that different spec levels will have different CO2 outputs.

Using the VRT calculator you can get an accurate price of registration tax for the vehicle you are looking to import. Make sure you select the correct details and don’t click on “first registered in Japan” as this applies strictly to Japanese imported vehicles.

Entering the correct detail will produce a quotation and statisical code which is used as a reference at the time of registration. Always recheck the VRT quotation as close to the purchase date as possible as it modified every month and may go up or down.

 

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Always check and double check the actual CO2 of the car you are importing by doing a VIN check or check by VRM(registration plate). Don’t presume it is a uniform figure per vehicle. For example a very popular car that gets imported regularly into Ireland is a Citroen Grand Picasso 1.6HDi. The CO2  g/km output of this vehicle can vary from 149 g/km to 157 g/km despite having the same engine in all models.

Any cars that we inspect have their CO2 emmissions checked with the manufacturer and DVLA for confirmation prior to shipping.

 

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Cars in Ireland must undergo a National Car Test (NCT) once they are four years old. An NCT test is designed to check a cars safety features and general roadworthiness. All our inspections include a preliminary NCT pre-test and if we find any faults that we feel will be flagged or highlighted during an NCT inspection we will inform you.

To find out more about the NCT test click below.

NCT Ireland

You can view these official videos to see what the test procedure will involve.

NCT PrepNCT FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Tax Rates based on CO2 Emmissions for cars registered from 2008 only.

Band CO2 emissions-gm per km  Annual
 Half-year €*
 Quarterly
€!
Arrears Monthly €#
A0 0 120 66 33 12.00
A1 1-80g 170 94 48 17.00
A2 More than 80g/km up to and including 100g/km  180  99  50 18.00
A3  More than 100g/km up to and including 110g/km  190  105  53 19.00
A4 More than 110g/km up to and including 120g/km 200 111 56 20.00
B1 More than 120g/km up to and including 130g/km  270  149  76 27.00
B2 More than 130g/km up to and including 140g/km 280   155 79 28.00
C More than 140g/km up to and including 155g/km  390 216  110 39.00
D More than 155g/km up to and including 170g/km  570  316  161 57.00
E More than 170g/km up to and including 190g/km 750 416 211 75.00
F More than 190g/km up to and including 225g/km 1,200  666  339 120.00
G More than 225g/km  2,350 1,304  663 235.00
*55.5% of the annual rate (disregard cent) !28.25% of the annual rate (disregard cent) #1/10 of the annual rate (disregard cent after multiplication)

Motor Tax Rates For Vans and Light Commercials.

Unladen Weight
(kg)
Annual
Half-year
€* 
Quarterly
€! 
Arrears Monthly
€#
Not over 3,000 333 184 94 33.30
3,001 to 4,000 420 233 118 42.00
4,001 to 5,000 543 301 153 54.30
5,001 to 6,000 753 417 212 75.30
6,001 to 7,000 1,019 565 287 101.90
7,001 to 8,000 1,282 711 362 128.20
8,001 to 9,000 1,584  879 447 158.40
9,001 to 10,000 1,886 1,046 532 188.60
10,001 to 11,000 2,188 1,214 618 218.80
11,001 to 12,000 2,490 1,381 703 249.00
12,001 to 13,000  2,792 1,549 788 279.20
13,001 to 14,000 3,094  1,717 874 309.40
14,001 to 15,000 3,396 1,884 959 339.60
15,001 to 16,000 3,698 2,052 1,044 369.80
16,001 to 17,000 4,000 2,220 1,130 400.00
17,001 to 18,000 4,302 2,387 1,215 430.20
18,001 to 19,000 4,604 2,555 1,300 460.40
19,001 to 20,000 4,906 2,722 1,385 490.60
20,001 or more 5,195 2,883 1,467 519.50
* 55.5% of annual rate (disregard cent) ! 28.25% of annual rate (disregard cent) # 1/10 of annual rate (disregard cent after multiplication)
Electrical (not over 1,500 kg) 92 - - 9.20

Motor Tax Rates For Non Standard Vehicles.

Type of Vehicle Annual
€ 
Half-year
€ *
Quarterly
€ !
Arrears Monthly
€ #
Off-road dumper 885 491 250 88.50
General Haulage tractor 333 184 94 33.30
Machine/workshop/contrivance (including “recovery vehicle”) 333 184 94 33.30
Island Vehicles 102 - - 10.20
Agriculture tractor, trench digger and excavator 102 - - 10.20
Motor Caravan 102 - - 10.20
Hearse 102 - - 10.20
Dumper and forklift truck 102 - - 10.20
Taxi and hackney 95 - - 9.50
Schoolbus 95 - - 9.50
Cycles and Tricycles:
Electrical
Not over 75cc
76cc to 200cc
201cc or overPedestrian-Controlled Vehicle
35
49
67
8888
- 3.50
4.90
6.70
8.808.80
VETERAN AND VINTAGE
Motorcycles 26 - - 2.60
All other vehicles 56 - - 5.60
- - * 55.5% of annual rate (disregard cent) ! 28.25% of annual rate (disregard cent) # 1/10 of annual rate (disregard cent after multiplication)

*All road taxation figures provided by Environ.ie and are intended as a guide only. Please check directly for latest information.

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