What are the costs associated with importing car from UK to Ireland?
Why you need to understand the costs?
You have heard the stories of people saving huge amounts of money by importing a car from the UK to Ireland. You start browsing a UK used car website such as Auto Trader or Used Cars NI and you see a 2017 Audi A4 or Volkswagen Golf costs £13,500 in the UK and then you go to Carzone and the same car costs €23,500 in Ireland so you instantly think wow there really are huge savings to be made.
Here on this page we will help you understand the costs associated with importing a car from the UK to Ireland which will help you make an informed financial decision on the true costs of importing car from from the UK to Ireland.
The Key Costs
The are a number of costs associated with importing a car from the UK to Ireland and here is a list of the key costs you need to factor in when purchasing a car.
- Your Time
- Purchase Price of the Car
- Travel and Transport
If you wish to import a car yourself you need to factor in the time involved. Firstly you will spend a lot of time searching for the right car and then you will find the right car you will need to spend time on the logistics of importing the car in Ireland and registering the car in Ireland. While some people get their car delivered, in most cases this involves flying to the UK and driving the car back to Ireland via Ferry. Additionally you will need to take your car to the NCT centre, pay the VRT and register the Car.
Purchase Price of the Car
The purchase price of the car is highly dependent on the foreign exchange rate between pound sterling and euro. It is really important to get a good exchange rate as you can save €100’s of euro if you get a good rate.
- Today’s pound sterling to euro exchange rate click here
The main tax you will need to pay is vehicle registration tax (VRT). This website provides all the information you need to know about vehicle registration tax.
- Additional VRT calculators click here
If you import a vehicle from UK to Ireland you are required to pay VAT. Currently VAT is charges at 23%.
If you import a vehicle from Great Britain into Ireland you must complete a customs declaration.
If you import a vehicle from UK to Ireland Customs Duty is 0% if the vehicle originated in the UK.
If you import a vehicle from UK to Ireland Customs Duty is 10% if the vehicle originated outside the UK, e.g. a EU country or a third country like USA, Japan.
You can calculate customs duty and VAT at CustomsDeclaration.ie
The VAT and Customs rules are different for Northern Ireland. Click here for more info.
Travel and Transport
If you are collecting the car yourself in the UK, the travel and transport costs involve flights, accommodation (optional) fuel and ferry. In general we suggest allowing €500 to cover these cost approximately.
Example of the Costs
Here is an example of our UK to Ireland Import Costs Calculator Report
Vehicle VRT Estimate
|Model||A4 1.4 TFSI|
|Version||SPORT 150PS 4DR|
Breakdown of VRT Calculation
|Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) determined by Revenue||€37238|
|Depreciation Code Allocated by Revenue||C1|
|Odometer Reading||18700 Miles|
|Date of First Registration||January 2017|
|Rate of Depreciation for this Vehicle||28%|
|Current OMSP determined by Revenue||€27883|
Revenue CO2 Calculation
|Rate of VRT||18%|
Vehicle Registration Tax
1 Euro = 0.868853 Sterling.
€15767 = £13700.
|Total Purchase Price||€21286|