Buying a Car in Northern Ireland 

Buying a Car in Northern Ireland After Brexit 

VRT Ireland is a leading provider of reliable services for customs duties, VAT, VRT Calculators and registration of foreign vehicles, including buying a car in Northern Ireland and importing it to the Republic of Ireland. Our services are an ideal solution for any importers wondering how to buy a car in Northern Ireland subsequent to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 

The challenges posed by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU directly affect the Republic of Ireland in terms of the vehicle import process, but to make matters more complex, vehicles imported from Northern Ireland are treated differently than from Great Britain. At VRT Ireland, we aim to simplify the process and create a hassle-free experience for our valued customers. 

 

Importing a Car from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland 

Why import vehicles from Northern Ireland? 

Post-Brexit, Irish vehicle importers face complex challenges when buying a car from Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom.  

Due to the unique historical and political boundaries between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement affected Northern Ireland differently to Great Britain, Scotland and Wales. Vehicles imported from Great Britain, Scotland and Wales are subject to customs and VAT. However, vehicles imported from Northern Ireland are generally only subject to customs and VAT if they were originally registered in the UK. This is to stop Northern Ireland from becoming a back door for UK imports to avoid customs. Depending on the circumstances, a  vehicle purchased in Northern Ireland which was originally registered in the UK may be subject to 10% customs duty and 23% VAT. This can potentially add thousands of euros to any vehicle purchase.  

 

  1. Finding the right car

While most continental European nations use left-hand drive vehicles for driving on the right side of the road, Ireland is (along with Malta and Cyprus) one of the only nations whereby right-hand drive vehicles are used for left-hand traffic flow. This creates a situation whereby a huge number of vehicles need to be imported from the UK to cater to the used car market in Ireland. 

Whenever searching for a new or used car to import from the UK to Ireland, it is essential that you purchase from reputable dealers. Rogue private sellers or individuals posing as legitimate car dealers can create a costly headache that can extend to challenges with customs and the importing process as a whole. 

 

  1. Estimate how much the car will cost

Click here to calculate VRT  

Click here to calculate customs, VAT, VRT & NOx Levy   

To read an article detailing the costs associated with importing a car from the UK to Ireland, click here. 

 

  1. Do a history check

 Click here to do a Vehicle History Check  

It is essential that you obtain a thorough vehicle history check which confirms relevant details of the vehicle, such as year of manufacture, date of first registration and whether it was first registered in Great Britain or Northern Ireland and when, previous ownership, etc. 

 It is also beneficial to learn through a history check whether the vehicle is subject to: 

  • Police investigation 
  • Listed as an insurance write-off 
  • Use as a rideshare or taxi vehicle 
  • Registration plate changes 
  • Outstanding finance 

 

  1. Get the vehicle inspected

Although buying a car in Northern Ireland doesn’t necessitate a garage inspection, £80 for a Northern Ireland Pre-Purchase Inspection can provide a more reliable price negotiation point as well as peace of mind. 

 

  1. Purchase the car

Meet with the dealer and negotiate a fair price for the vehicle. 

Click Here to do same day Ireland (euro) to UK (sterling) money transfer   

 

  1. Collect the car

Compared to importing vehicles from Great Britain, collecting the car is much easier for residents of the Republic of Ireland when buying a car in Northern Ireland. If you are not handing over a trade-in make sure to plan your trip. There are daily trains and buses from Dublin to Belfast, Derry, etc  

 

  1. Customs and VAT

VAT: The standard rate of 23% VAT applies to the import of a new vehicle from the EU, including Northern Ireland, for cars 6 months old or less or with 6,000 travelled kilometres or less. 

Customs Duties: If you import a vehicle from Northern Ireland to Ireland, customs duties do not need to be paid in the following circumstances: 

  1. The vehicle has been in Northern Ireland prior to 1 January 2021 and has remained there (proof must be provided); 
  2. The vehicle’s first registration was in Northern Ireland after 1 January 2021 and it has not been previously exported or registered outside of the EU (the UK is outside the EU). 

 In all other circumstances, customs duties are due where applicable, depending on preferential origin, and the vehicle is considered as being imported from Great Britain. 

Click here to Calculate Customs, VAT, VRT & NOx Levy Click here to Request a Customs Declaration 

 

  1. Register the car

Within 7 days of entering the Republic of Ireland, a VRT appointment must be scheduled at an NCT centre. The vehicle must be inspected, registered, and Vehicle Registration Tax must be paid within 30 days of importation. 

Click here to Calculate VRT

 

  1. Purchase and display new registration plates

Upon registration, you must purchase vehicle registration plates. 

Click here to Purchase Registration Plates 

 

  1. Pay your motor tax

After the vehicle has been registered, you must pay motor tax.  

Click here to Calculate your Motor Tax 

 

More information can be found here 

  

Our Services 

Customs Declarations/Agent Services

The team at VRT Ireland excel at assisting customers with the completion of customs declarations, which includes the preparation of documents that are needed in order to ensure a successful customs declaration submission to authorities. Our customs clearance agent services save you time and money by ensuring that the customs declaration is thorough, accurate, and duly submitted on time.

VRT Calculator

All vehicles, including those imported from Northern Ireland, must be registered in Ireland and all VRT must be paid in full. Determine the VRT due for your specific vehicle using our up-to-date VRT calculator. We also have calculators to help you determine VAT, NOx Emission Levies, and customs duties for imported vehicles in Ireland.

UK Car Import Costs Calculator

Imported vehicles from the UK are subject to import costs, so rest assured that our UK Car Import Costs Calculator will help you to estimate the import costs in great detail, including customs duties, VAT, and all ancillary costs associated with imported vehicles from the UK into the Republic of Ireland.

Used Car Warranty

Importing a used vehicle from the UK? Anything can go wrong, and warranties may become void when the vehicle is imported into Ireland, so trust our partners at Carprotect.ie and purchase an extensive or comprehensive Used Car Warranty at competitive prices today.

Car History Checking

It’s important to have a comprehensive Car History Check performed on any vehicle imported from the UK into Ireland. That’s why our partners at MotorCheck provide detailed car history checks that include all relevant checks such as ownership, burglary incidences, VIN, and VLC numbers. Don’t regret it, MotorCheck it!

UK Foreign Exchange

Purchasing a vehicle from Northern Ireland in pounds means you’ll need an excellent, competitive exchange rate for your euros. Our partners at TransferMate offer near-market UK Foreign Exchange rates far better than what most financial institutions can offer, all whilst making transactions swift and secure.

Irish Registration Plates

Vehicles imported from Northern Ireland cannot be legally driven in Ireland for very long with the old UK number plates. Our partners at Plates365.com provide fully compliant, affordable, high-quality Irish Registration Plates for a wide range of vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, and 4x4s. 

 

The team at VRT Ireland excel at assisting customers with the completion of customs declarations, which includes the preparation of documents that are needed in order to ensure a successful customs declaration submission to authorities. Our customs agent services save you time and money by ensuring that the customs declaration is thorough, accurate, and duly submitted on time.
All vehicles, including those imported from Northern Ireland, must be registered in Ireland and all VRT must be paid in full. Determine the VRT due for your specific vehicle using our up-to-date VRT calculator. We also have calculators to help you determine VAT, NOx Emission Levies, and customs duties for imported vehicles in Ireland.
Imported vehicles from the UK are subject to import costs, so rest assured that our UK Car Import Costs Calculator will help you to estimate the import costs in great detail, including customs duties, VAT, and all ancillary costs associated with imported vehicles from the UK into the Republic of Ireland.
Importing a used vehicle from the UK? Anything can go wrong, and warranties may become void when the vehicle is imported into Ireland, so trust our partners at Carprotect.ie and purchase an extensive or comprehensive Used Car Warranty at competitive prices today.
It’s important to have a comprehensive Car History Check performed on any vehicle imported from the UK into Ireland. That’s why our partners at MotorCheck provide detailed car history checks that include all relevant checks such as ownership, burglary incidences, VIN, and VLC numbers. Don’t regret it, MotorCheck it!
Purchasing a vehicle from Northern Ireland in pounds means you’ll need an excellent, competitive exchange rate for your euros. Our partners at TransferMate offer near-market UK Foreign Exchange rates far better than what most financial institutions can offer, all whilst making transactions swift and secure.
Vehicles imported from Northern Ireland cannot be legally driven in Ireland for very long with the old UK number plates. Our partners at Plates365.com provide fully compliant, affordable, high-quality Irish Registration Plates for a wide range of vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, and 4x4s.

 

 

Why Work With Us? 

Reliability

We specialise in the importing of foreign vehicles in Ireland and can assist you with buying a car in Northern Ireland as well as importing vehicles from Great Britain after Brexit. Our services are reliable and professional from our initial consultation to the formal registration of the vehicle here in Ireland. 

 

Customer Service

We pride ourselves on maintaining an excellent track record of upholding nothing short of exemplary customer service for each and every client. We make the entire process of buying a car in Northern Ireland after Brexit a hassle-free experience while we handle all of the complexities. 

 

Vast Experience

With many years of professional experience, our team can reliably and consistently help customers navigate the complex customs declarations process of buying a car in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Our team has the expertise and knowledge needed to guide you every step of the way. 

 

Reliability

Customer Service

Vast Experience

We specialise in the importing of foreign vehicles in Ireland and can assist you with buying a car in Northern Ireland as well as importing vehicles from Great Britain after Brexit. Our services are reliable and professional from our initial consultation to the formal registration of the vehicle here in Ireland.. We pride ourselves on maintaining an excellent track record of upholding nothing short of exemplary customer service for each and every client. We make the entire process of buying a car in Northern Ireland after Brexit a hassle-free experience while we handle all of the complexities.. With many years of professional experience, our team can reliably and consistently help customers navigate the complex customs declarations process of buying a car in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Our team has the expertise and knowledge needed to guide you every step of the way..

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is there a difference importing vehicles from Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland?

Yes. Vehicles imported from Great Britain (England, Scotland, or Wales) are liable to any applicable customs, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT), VAT, and an electronic customs declaration is also required before the vehicle arrives in Ireland. 

 

Conversely, vehicles imported from Northern Ireland have varying processes. If the vehicle was first registered in Great Britain but was subsequently imported to Northern Ireland after 31 December 2020, the importer is liable to pay any applicable customs duties, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT), and VAT depending on the circumstances. 

Why are the protocols different for importing vehicles from Northern Ireland and Great Britain?

In order to maintain the EU Single Market and in accordance with the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the Revised Protocol on Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which entered into effect on 1 January 2021 stipulates that Northern Ireland is to remain legally under the customs territory of the UK and effectively shall remain a member of the EU Single Market only for the movement of goods whilst preserving the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement. 

Can I buy a car in the UK and route it through Northern Ireland to avoid the rules?

No. This specific circumstance has been addressed by Revenue Ireland. If a vehicle was first registered in Great Britain and was brought to Northern Ireland, the vehicle’s owner must provide proof that the vehicle was imported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland prior to 1 January 2021. Otherwise, the vehicle will be subject to applicable customs duties, VAT, and complete the customs declaration process as though the vehicle were imported from Great Britain. 

Click here to Request a Customs Declaration 

 

 

Buying a Car in Northern Ireland  was last modified: November 3rd, 2021 by Eadaoin Mc