Motorcheck.ie Introduces New VRT Calculator

If you're planning on importing a used car from Northern Ireland or mainland GB you're probably familiar with the dreaded Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) that can add thousands to the final cost of registering your car at home in Ireland.

VRT Calculator
Posted by Shane Teskey on 15 January 2010 in Used Cars

VRT Calculator

The Revenue Commissioners introduced its online VRT calculator a number of years ago to determine the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) and VRT for any car or motorcycle being imported to Ireland. The service meant that anyone could shop for a car in the UK and calculate the taxes due without leaving their computer.

At Motorcheck we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the quality of automotive data available to our customers, so it was with great enthusiasm that we embarked on a project to improve and enhance the way VRT Calculations are sourced on the web.

Saving You Time

Having looked at the Revenue calculator we realised that Motorcheck could automatically populate the majority of information required directly from the registration number.

Our UK vehicle database is the best of its kind and by harnessing the power of the registration number we were able to bypass all of the manual form-filling required by the Revenue.ie website.

VRT Calculator

Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator

Now instead of spending 5 minutes entering 14 different fields of information at Revenue.ie (which you may or may not have to hand), you can use the Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator.

Simply enter a registration number and odometer reading and Motorcheck.ie will do all the work for you. It’s absolutely free of charge and it takes less than 10 seconds to get your VRT figure.

Not only that but you can also get a full UK history on the car you’re thinking of importing from Motorcheck with one click!

Delivering Accurate Results

Woman using VRT Calculator

VRT Calculations in 10 Seconds!

The VRT estimate provided by the Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator carries the same disclaimer as the Revenue.ie service.

A different amount may be payable if the Open Market Selling Price has changed and/or if a different rate of CO2 emissions is applicable and additional VRT may be payable if the vehicle is fitted with chargeable enhancements/accessories.

What Is VRT?

VRT or “Vehicle Registration Tax” is chargeable on registration of a motor vehicle in the Republic of Ireland. Every motor vehicle in the State, other than those brought in temporarily by visitors, must be registered with the Revenue Commissioners and VRT paid by the end of the next working day following its arrival in the State. A vehicle must be registered before it can be licensed for road tax purposes.

What does the Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator do?

The Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator uses the registration number of a vehicle to determine its Make, Model and Variant as well as its first date of registration and its CO2 emissions. With this information it calculates the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) for VRT purposes and the amount of VRT payable. Please note that some Makes / Models / CO2 Emissions of vehicles are not included.

The types of vehicles that are included are typically:

Category ‘A’ Vehicles
Passenger Vehicles e.g. Saloons, Hatchbacks, MPVs, Jeeps, Coupes, Convertibles etc

Category ‘B’ Vehicles
Car Derived, Jeep Derived Vans, Crewcabs

The types of vehicles that are not included are typically Classic Collectable,  Motor Caravans (Campers), Kit Vehicles and vehicles that require to be assessed on an individual basis.

Category ‘C’ or Commercial Vehicles are not included in the calculator, but VRT is assessed at a flat rate of €50.00 on these types of vehicles.

Would You Like A VRT Calculator On Your Website?

If you would like a customised version of the Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator for your website please contact us at support@motorcheck.ie.

Try out the Motorcheck.ie VRT Calculator now!

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85 comments so far

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RAYMOND
January 23, 2010 at 1:01 am #

Why are specs on Irish cars so different to the uk cars? If you look at a car in Ireland and the UK they look like different cars inside and what they offer. Who makes the desicion on what ireland gets? Why do we get the bottom of the barrel every time? Can someone please answer me this question? Thank you

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Shane Teskey
January 23, 2010 at 9:23 am #

Hi Raymond,
Thanks for your question. Most of the importing of new cars to Ireland used to be done by private distributors. These distributors had an official that would make decisions on the specification of a car for Ireland. As VRT and VAT are added to the price of a car that includes the standard specification, the trend in Ireland used to be one of introducing vehicles with a very low little of standard specification. This kept the list price of the car down but made adding additional extras afterward an expensive luxury.

Things have changed a lot in the past three years. Distributors for Renault, BMW, Audi and VW are now all owned and operated by the manufacturer. The basic trim level is now very similiar to that in the UK so you should start to notice that cars from 07 onwards carry the same standard spec as their UK equivalents.

I hope this answers your question.

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Fat Tony
September 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #

Try comparing the current Irish spec mk7 golf gti/gtd with its UK counterpart and you’ll see that this is still not the case!!
Terrible standard spec by comparison…

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Teresa mc intyre
January 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

I have a 99 Citreon Xsara ! Should I be covered for the scrappage? It’s in my name 4 years. Also does everyone get the €1500 or does it differ for everyone? Thanks.

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Shane Teskey
January 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

Hi Teresa, if your car satisifies all the criteria at the top of this post and it has been registered as well as insured in your name you should be fine. The 1,500 rebate relates to the car rather than the individual applying for it.

Your dealer will be able to give you the exact VRT figure on the new car. Once it’s over 1,500 Euro – you should be fine.

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Stephen
February 9, 2010 at 1:51 am #

Is there a minimum time limit for which the new car must remain registered in one’s name, or is the owner entitled to sell or trade the new car at will?

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Shane Teskey
February 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

Hi Stephen, common question this ;) . The new owner can sell on the car whenever they like!

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james
February 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

living in the republic over 2 years now, could,nt afford to change car plates from northern Ireland to irish, car is vw passet, is there any vrt I would have to pay, own the car over 2 years now,looking to change now

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Paddy
February 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

Disabled Drivers can claim back vrt and vat on their cars. My budget doesn’t run to a new car, is there a way of predicting the rebate on a used car and what type of used family car would get the best rebate here?

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Shane Teskey
February 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

Hi Paddy,

The regulations around claiming back VRT and VAT on a used car are pretty complicated. Most of the conditions are dealt with in detail on the Revenue website here. In addressing used car values they say “the amount of the repayment will be the residual tax contained in the value of the vehicle”. If you use the registration number of the vehicle you’re thinking of buying on our VRT Calculator you will get a good idea of the Original Market Value the Revenue will calculate for the car and its associated VRT.

For a definitive figures though I’d contact the Revenue directly at

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners
Central Repayments Office
Freepost
M: TEK II Building, Armagh Road
Monaghan
Phone: 047-62100
Fax: 047-62199

Hope this helps!

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Paddy
February 17, 2010 at 10:19 am #

I used you site to check vrt on a 2007 Grand Vitara and it came in at €3988 but on the ROS.ie site the cheapest was €5732. Granted I am not exactly sure of the model etc so I have check all models on the ROS site and they go up to €8648.
What do I go by?
Great site by the way :)

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Shane Teskey
February 17, 2010 at 11:10 am #

Hi Paddy, thanks for the compliment – we’re working hard to make the site as useful as possible.

Have you any idea what the CO2 emmissions are on your suzuki? It appears that there were a couple of models around in 2007 that it could be. Drop me a line and I’ll do some digging for you.

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Steve Baxter
August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

Hi Shane

I have a dilema. I purchased a VW from a Republic dealer. The car was originally a UK car the dealer had imported. The car was faultily and after lengthily discussions with VW UK they arranged to change the car in Belfast, however this car had NI plates and the VRT is €4700, this seems unfair as I have already paid VRT on the first vehicle. I enquired about an exception but was informed that it was not possible. I can not afford the VRT is it legal for me to sell the VW on the NI plates in the Republic? I can then source a car here with the VRT already paid. I have never brought a car from the North nor am I seeking to profit by selling the car.

Shane Teskey
August 16, 2011 at 7:32 am #

Hi Steve,

It’s difficult to comment without knowing the full facts of your case but if I were you I would be very slow to accept a NI car in lieu of your Irish registered one. In a case where the car purchased is not ‘fit for purpose’, usually the supplying dealer / manufacturer will make good on the deal. This usually involves having the necessary repairs carried out (at no cost to you) or in extreme situations taking the car back and issuing a full refund.

Did you purchase the car from a main dealer? Who has been involved in corresponding with VW? You or the dealer? From what you’ve told me it looks like you have a very good case for returning the car and asking for a refund but a lot depends on how long the car was in your possession. When did it start giving trouble? How many miles had you put up on it? Was it still covered under manufacturer / dealer warranty?

The fact that VW have admitted the car is faulty and are willing to replace it (with a new one?) certainly helps but in my opinion the offer to replace the car with a NI version (assuming its the same year and spec?) is not a like for like exchange.

Shane.

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vincent
February 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

How many months does it take you to change the Registration plate number from a uk to irish

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Shane Teskey
February 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

Hi Vincent, we should have the Irish registration number on our database 24 hours after it’s processed by Revenue.

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john hannon
February 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

I plan to import a new toyota yaris from uk to irl. but your vrt calculator does not have such a facility so how can I find the VRT to be paid. No reg no & no mileage.

Thanks

John

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Shane Teskey
February 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

Hi John
You should check with a VRT office directly but if it is a brand new Toyota Yaris 1.33 VVT-I (for example) the Co2 emmissions will be 120g/km and therefore the Rate of VRT applied will be 14% of the OMSP. Since it is a brand new vehicle the OMSP set by Revenue will be pretty close the the Manufacturers list price of €15,860. This would give a VRT amount of €2,220.40.

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Sean McCarthy
February 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

I am buying a vintage bike (Honda CB 550 1976) that has been in ireland for about a year but not on the road. It was being restored by the person I’ll be buying from. I will get full papers for the bike. will there be issues with the bike being in the country and not registered even though it wasnt on the road when i go to pay the VRT?
any advice appreciated

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Shane Teskey
February 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

Technically you are obliged to pay VRT on an imported vehicle within 24 hours of import. I’m not sure if there is an exception for vehicles that are off the road or being restored. You should contact your local VRT office before going ahead with the final purchase to ensure you won’t be in for any nasty suprises.

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der
March 4, 2010 at 2:02 am #

Totally confused! If I buy an Audi A4, standard 2.1 tdi, leather seats, zenon lights from NI I cannot find out what VRT will be or what OMSP wil be calculated at. Is it the book price or the price you could buy it straight without trade in here in ireland? Rang VRT office, said they could not tell me until they saw it. Also cannot figure out what or how Custom duty tax is calculated.

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Shane Teskey
March 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

Hi Ita, If you can’t find the vehicle by it’s registration number using our calculator try using the dropdowns on the revenue site. If the car isn’t listed there go for something that’s similiar in CO2 with a similiar list price and you’ll get an indicative figure.

The VRT is calculated against what Revenue determine to be the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) of the car. This is the amount they would reasonable expect it to fetch on the open market in the Republic of Ireland. If you feed the value they give on the car is incorrect there is an appeals process that you can enter into but only after you have imported the car and paid the higher amount.

Hope this helps!

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Sean McCarthy
March 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

In response to the previous comment. I bought the bike. registration was no problem because there was no VRT to pay. If there was vrt to pay it would be to a persons advantage to delay vrt as the car would depreciate and so it would be looked on differently if this was the case. One comment made was that the vehicle should be registered by the person whose name appears as the irish buyer but this did not seem to be an issue and i was allowed to register the bike.

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Shane Teskey
March 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

That’s great Sean! Will you have to do any work on it yourself or has it been fully restored? Hopefully you’ll get some good weather over the next week or so to take it out.

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Jenna Gix
March 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

Hi there, I am trying to calculate the VRT for a 01 VW beetle but the site is down today and yesterday it couldn’t calculate it for me? Would you be able to tell me how much would I be looking to pay for the VRT for the car that has 85k miles, 1.6, 2 door, 180 CO2 emissions? Thanks in advance

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Shane Teskey
March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

Hi Jenna,

I’ve tried to get a VRT calculation for your car directly from the Revenue site but I keep getting an alert saying that they don’t have a vehicles that matches your description. It may be that their database doesn’t have a car to match against. I suggest you give one of their VRT branches a call and see if you can get a value over the phone.

I’d be interested to hear how you get on!

S.

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Katie McElvaney
March 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

I’m looking at trading my 07 VW Tourna in for a 09 Ford Galaxy. Would a UK dealer be happy to take my Irish reqistered car and Irish bank finance agreements? Cost of car plus vrt still makes the car cheaper.

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Shane Teskey
March 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

Hi Katie,
Some UK dealers have no problem taking an Irish registered car in part exchange. I’ve heard of some northern dealerships that use southern traders so don’t be surprised if your car turns up back on the southern roads.

The Irish finance piece will be a bit trickier. Be sure to speak with the dealer you’re buying the new car off. Give him all the information about who the finance’s with and how much is outstanding. You could find it difficult to raise finance from a UK dealer though. I’d have a car loan pre-approved with my bank if I was you before committing to any order.

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Ron Luxon
April 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

Please could you explain why VRT has to be paid on bringing in a used car from the UK?
I thought that being in the EEC was to do away with all these boundaries. Ireland is as far as I know the only country still practicing this extra burden on Irish Motorists.
Can anybody say when this will all come to an end as it is unfair? The way the climate is at the moment I can’t see it ending soon. As for your local VRT office giving you a calculation over the phone, there seems to be no definate price calculation, it depends on who you talk to on the day and what mood they are in. A friend of mine was quoted a figure over the phone when he arrived to pay the VRT he was asked exactly double the quote.

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Shane Teskey
April 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

Hi Ron, VRT has long been a bone of contention for the Irish consumer and motor industry alike. It was introduced in 1993 as replacement for car excise duty which was deemed illegal under European rules. The current system causes debate as VRT is a tax that is applied on top of the price of a car including VAT. This is in effect double taxation – something that we shouldn’t be subjected to.

There is talk of it being abandoned over an extended period of time but consideration has to be given to implications for the used car market. If we abolished VRT on new cars the residual value of the national car parc would be severely undermined. The changes introduced in 2007 caused mayhem for the industry and began a sharp decline in new car sales that still persists today.

In terms of getting calculations it is advisable that you print a copy of the relevant calculation directly from the Revenue’s website before committing to any final purchase. Whilst you can appeal the VRT amount afterwards unfortunately you have to pay the initial amount quoted first. Our Motorcheck VRT calculator was designed to make it easier for buyers to source VRT prices but in terms of proof a print off from the Revenue site would be preferable if you were actually intending on buying the car in question.

Hope this helps!

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gerry mccloskey
April 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

I was thinking of bringing a kit bike from the us, I read on your site that kit bikes are not included, does this mean there is no vrt to be paid?

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Shane Teskey
April 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

Hi Gerry, Nope. It just means that we don’t have registration information for which we can look up the vehicle.

If you’d like to post me a link to the KIT bike you’re thinking of buying I can make an enquiry with Revenue for you.

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gerry mccloskey
June 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

Hi Shane,the website is southern motercycle works,the bike costs aproxx 10,000 us dollars,thanks Gerry

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p boardman
May 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

Great website guys!
I’m looking at trading in my car in the uk and was wondering if there is there a list of recommended garage that would take a Irish registered car as a trade in?
There’s no finance owed on the car, all the paper work and 2 keys.

Thanks in advance.

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Shane Teskey
May 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

Hi,

Do you really need to trade it in at the garage? Have you tried selling it privately yourself? The used car market in the south is pretty strong at the moment. I’d recommend an ad on www.dondeal.ie or www.gumtree.ie as two inexpensive ways to test the market.

Failing that, I know that Charles Hurst in Belfast was at one time taking Irish registered cars in part exchange. Perhaps you could give them a call? You’ll get all their numbers online at http://www.charleshurstgroup.co.uk/contact_us.aspx

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Ted
May 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

Hi Shane
I’m thinking of bringing in a ford mondeo from england it’s priced at £6,270 and i’m thinking of taken out a 3 year europe wide warranty on it can you tell me how much VRT has to be paid on it, its a Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCi 130 Zetec 5dr [Euro 4] — 2007 ’56′. As far as i can see there is no added extra’s on it like sat nav or leather there is allow’s but surely there nearly standard on all cars by now, looking forward to hearing from you thanks.

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Shane Teskey
May 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

Hi Ted, do you have a registration number & mileage reading for the Mondeo? If you send it to me I should be able to get an accurate VRT calculation for you.

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Les
June 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

VRT – how can this tax be charged to Irish people if it is illegal in other eurpean countries (european commission)?

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Shane Teskey
June 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

Hi Les,

Apologies for taking so long to come back to you. I knew I’d be writing something about VRT on our blog and wanted to cover your question there. It’s up now at http://www.motorcheck.ie/blog/is-vrt-a-legal-tax/

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Robert
June 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

Hi there,

I’d like to import a 2006/7 Mazda 6 2.0 Diesel from the UK. The second hand price for one here ranges from €10-14,000, yet when I use the VRT calculator it gives an open market value of €20-22,000. This makes it uneconomical to import the car and the valuation is ridiculously steep compared to similar cars. is Is there anything I can do about this?

Thanks a million.

Best,
Robert.

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Shane Teskey
June 11, 2010 at 10:59 am #

Hi Robert,

I ran a 2006 2.0 Mazda 6, Diesel, Automatic (Comfort Model) with 55,000 miles against the Motorcheck valuation engine and got a forecourt price of 9,500 Euro.

The revenue website came back with a figure of 10,561 Euro which wasn’t too far off. You can see my screenshot here. Are you sure that you were putting in the correct details?

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Tom Kenny
July 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

I want to change a passanger jeep to a commercial. What have I to do and how much will it cost?

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Shane Teskey
July 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

Hi Tom, Modifying a passenger car to a commercial will cost you approximately 2,000 Euro for a high end vehicle (X5, Range Rover, etc.) lower end cars are around the 1,000 Euro mark.

Give the guys at Blanchardstown 4X4 a call if you need anything done. Their number is 01 838 3944 and they specialise in this type of conversion.

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lloyd
January 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

Hi Shane,
Can you import a second hand 4×4 i.e. Jeep grand cherekee srt 2008 then when arrive in dublin convert it to commercial and reg it with no vrt. I know you can do it with new jeeps but a second hand which on the original uk ownership states passenger?
Thanks
Lloyd

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Cathriona
August 9, 2010 at 1:06 am #

Hi Shane,
I’m considering changing my car and have heard that VRT may be done away with. Is there any truth in this and if so does this mean that the value of my current car will be a lot less or would it make it more difficult to sell??? Also if there is any truth in the VRT being done away when would it be most likely to happen???

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Shane Teskey
August 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

Hi Cathriona,

There’s been rumblings about VRT for quite a while now. I wouldn’t expect anything drastic to happen in the next year so you should be fine changing your car. Especially if you go for one of the Band A or B vehicles where VRT is quite low nowadays.

More about VRT here http://www.motorcheck.ie/blog/is-vrt-a-legal-tax/.

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Gerard Doolan
August 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

Hi,

I’m looking into the possiblity of buying a commerical crew cab in the UK and bringing it back home to Ireland. Some people have told me that I would only need to pay VRT of €50 flat rate if I do this. I’m looking at a Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux or a Mitsubshi L200 Passenger.

I don’t own my own business or anything, but I’ve been told that this doesn’t actually prevent me from buying a commercial vehicle, taxing it as a commercial vehicle and insuring it as a commercial vehicle.

Obviously, I wont be claiming back VAT on diesel or anything like that.

Can you tell me if the information I’ve stated here is correct. I’ve been looking online for information but cant find any and have runf the Revenue Commissioners but the person I spoke with wasn’t really 100% certain either way.

Thanks,

Great site too by the way!

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Shane Teskey
August 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

Hi Gerard,

Crew Cabs such as the Navara, Hilux and L200 all have back seats and therefore are not treated as Category C (Commercial) vehicles for VRT purposes. Commercials with back seats such as Crew-Cab type vehicles are treated as Category B vehicles. VRT rate for Category B vehicles is 13.3% of OMSP (subject to a minimum of EUR 125).

To get a VRT estimate simply enter the reg into our VRT calculator at: http://www.motorcheck.ie/blog/vrt-calculator/ or try the Revenue’s own VRT estimator at: https://www.ros.ie/VRTEnquiryServlet/showVRT.

In terms of taxing the vehicle I’d advise you contact your local tax office first. I’ve heard of people having difficulties taxing a crew car commercially with some local authorities.

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Vaidas
October 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

Hi,
I’ve bought a 2006 Peugeot 407 SW 1.6 diesel from Northen Ireland simply because of better spec and better price. However I found this VRT thing to be very unfair but we can not avoid this. How do revenue calculate used cars open market selling value? No matter what spec I would try to input into their website it come back with same open market price valuation (+- few hundrends), surelly basic level and top level spec cars doesn’t cost same? And also I found their valuations to be a bit overvalued. No matter where you look, what websites or garages you call in there is very litlle cars with price tag on revenue website. Is this to generate extra cash into exchequer? Can you argue with them? I have valued my 407 on motorcheck website and top value in excellent condition is nearly 1000 euros less than revenue quotes!!! and if it’s poor condition car (lowest valuation) is whooping 3000 euro off revenue open market price. Thank you.

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Shane Teskey
October 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

Hi Vaidas,

Thanks for your question. The calculation of an OMSP is more or less ‘Top Secret’ at Revenue headquarters however you do have the right to appeal their calculation once the VRT has been paid. I’ve heard that most of the appeals are upheld so it’s definitely worth filling out the paperwork. Don’t forget to show them your motorcheck report!

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Vaidas
April 5, 2011 at 11:40 am #

just would like to share my joy that my appeal to revenue regarding VRT calculations were approved and I’ve got decent refund. So everyone if you imported car from uk and not happy with they calculation it is worth trying your best. Include detail description of your car, state of your car, print plenty of web ads both from private and garages with asking prices, do mentionn that prices stated is asking price and not actual market prices which depends on your bargaining skills and don’t forget to include vehicle valuation from motorcheck.ie. Believe you me it’s worth it. If I saved nearly 500 euros from 1900 euro VRT – you can too!

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pat jackson
October 15, 2010 at 9:38 am #

Hi Shane , I’m thinking of importing a Land Rover Freelander 2 GS TD4 AUTO in December. It’s exactly 1 year old with 10,000 miles on the clock . I understand the G/KM is 214 what’s that likely to set me back in a VRT payment?

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Shane Teskey
November 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

Hi Pat, I ran your car through the Revenue’s VRT calculator and got a VRT price of 9,476 Euro http://twitpic.com/32zyvm/full. Ouch!

I hope you’re getting it at a bargain.

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paulius
October 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

I used you site to check vrt on a 2004 Citroen Picasso(147G/KM) and it came in at €2100but on the ROS.ie site the cheapest was €5400 and VRT €1066. Why such a big different on prices?

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Charlie Kelly
October 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

Hi,

I just bought a 20 year old motor home on English plates, sent off reg documents and they have being returned saying they’re unable to issue a registration document to the Irish republic. As I bought the vehicle in the Republic wouldn’t the previous owner be liable to pay the vrt as he was the one who brought it here, but never changed it over? I now have to change over vehicle and pay vrt, any thoughts?

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Shane Teskey
November 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

Hi Charlie,

By right the person who brought the vehicle into the country should have paid the VRT on it within 24 hours of bringing it into the state. However, you bought it with English plates on it so I assume you thought there could be some import duty owing?

I’d be surprised if it was a large amount given that it’s 20 years old. Did you get a figure from Revenue yet?

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James
November 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

Hi There Shane.
Dunno if you can help me…..I sold a car to a motor dealer who owes me 2k of it! is there anyway I can check to see whether the VRT has been paid? I’m not interested in the amount but more so the date that it was paid as I am taking the guy to court.

Any help appreciated.
James

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Shane Teskey
November 5, 2010 at 10:48 am #

Hi James,
I’ve sent you an email with some suggestions.

Regards,
Shane.

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James
November 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

Email on the way …Thanks Shane

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Liam
November 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

Hello Shane,what do they mean by chargeable enhancements/accessories and how do they value such items/

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Shane Teskey
November 17, 2010 at 10:35 am #

Hi Liam,

By chargeable enhancements they’re referring to specification that wouldn’t have been on the car as standard equipment in Ireland. In terms of calculating the cost it differs for each manufacturer but generally speaking Revenue will be able to access the price of most options directly from their own database or from the manufacturer. They will then include the value of these options when calculating the Original Market Value (OMV) which when combined with the CO2 value ultimately determined the VRT due on the car.

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David Charlton
December 12, 2010 at 10:03 am #

Hi Shane,
I was thinking of buyng a 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS 5 door in the UK and bringing it back to Ireland. I have tried the VRT calculator and it asks for ‘Statistical Code’ but I cannot find anywhere on the revenue site or the web to get this code. Do you know of a place where I can get the SI code for a vehicle?

great work on the advice you give out to us.
Regards
David

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Vincent
January 5, 2011 at 2:29 am #

Hi there, I’ve a petrol carina, on english plates, its been off the road since i got it ( i know there could be ramifications), the car on the open market is worth around 500/600 euro today,, VRT Calculator has an OMSP of €2,000, and the VRT is €650, the car is 14 years old ???? Can you explain? Is this a mistake?

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Vart
January 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

Hi Shane,

Is it common for UK dealer (NI mostly) to take southern reg cars on trade-in (albeit one that was originally UK reg’d)

Thanks, just found the website – looks v. good

Regards

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mary
January 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

i was wondering i have moved from n .ireland down south i took audi a4 through with transfer of resident i was wonder how long do i have to keep it before i can sell it as i have another baby and need bigger car if i sell it will i have to pay the vrt then that i got free

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Tadhg
February 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

Hi,

I’m living in the UK at the moment, I’m here working for a couple of months(6-9). If I buy a car here and then want to take it home with me in 6-9 months time, will I still have to pay vrt??

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Liam
March 29, 2011 at 8:52 am #

Hi Shane,
I have recently moved over from the UK and own a BMW for 5+ years. The problem is, I have just taken it to a garage to have a starter motor reparied and have been told that there are other issues that will cost over 2K. the car is not worth this amount.

I am in the process of importing it, but now I don’t know whether to proceed. As it’s a UK Car do you know if it is applicable for the scrappage scheme, or can I trade it in over here?

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Shane Teskey
April 5, 2011 at 11:35 am #

Hi Liam,

If the car is in your name for 18 months and insured for use you should be able to trade it in after you’ge imported it. Question is – what’s the VRT amount on it? If mightn’t be worth importing it for the saving under scrappage. Maybe the dealer will give you something for it on its UK plates?

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Evin
May 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

Shane hope you can help with this.
I have purchased a new car in Northern Ireland for my spouse and was wondering if I can apply for the scrappage scheme here as we have a 10 year old car that meets all the scrappage criteria. I have paid my VAT and VRT here and got the new car registered. Any help on this and how to go about it would be appreciated.

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Shane Teskey
May 30, 2011 at 9:55 am #

Hi Evin,

The good news is that your car will qualify for scrappage here provided your 10 year old one meets all the relevant conditions. You should bring it to an Authorised Treatment Facility for scrapping as only an ATF can issue you with a certificate of destruction. After that its off to the VRT office to claim your scrappage!

Hope this helps,
Shane.

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Ross
May 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

Hi Shane,

I’m a UK resident and have a Citroen C4 that I bought brand new in January 2008. The car only has 6,000 miles(I live in central London so hence the few miles) and is fully serviced, MOT etc.

My mums car in Ireland is on it’s last legs and I want to give my car to my mother as a gift for her upcoming birthday. I’ve checked the ROS website and I can see that I would have to go to an NCT center, get the car tested and pay around EUR 2,400 as VRT based in the revenues open market selling price.

My query is, do you know if there is an exemption seen as I’m gifting(no payment will pass) between me and my mum? I can’t seem to find anything on this. I don’t really mind paying this VRT if I have to but if I don’t have to that would be wonderful and would go towards paying the car insurance I guess.

Really appreciate your comments/advise on this

Kind regards

Ross

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Shane Teskey
May 30, 2011 at 9:42 am #

Hi Ross,

Unfortunately I believe the VRT still applies regardless of the transaction details. The only way around it would be if you were relocating to Ireland and wanted to bring the car back with you. Have you considered having it valued in the UK? Maybe it would work out better if you sold it there and put the money towards another car in Ireland?

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Daniel
June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

I am struggling to get an accurate measure of what I will pay importing an ’2007 Auris 2.0D-4D 5Dr T-Spirit 138 Co2 40,000miles’ Your site tells me 2485, revenue site tells me 1942? What am I meant to do? 500 is a big difference, I don’t want to go ahead and import this car not knowing what I will get charged? Where can we get an accurate measure, this is all a bit risky, speculative and un-accurate.

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Shane Teskey
July 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

Hi Daniel,

Would you mind sending me the registration number of the car you’re thinking of importing?

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colm
August 13, 2011 at 9:48 am #

Hi, i am looking to buy the new VW highline pick up in the north. Would the savings be big? I have a VAT number so do I not pay the VAT there and pay it in ireland along with the VRT? If i bought a 6 month old one is it true I don’t pay any VAT?

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Neil
August 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

Hi Shane
just found this site wish i found it before.
I moved to Ireland in March and went to customs today to get my car registered across as the UK road tax and insurance was coming to an end. They quickly pointed out that i had 30 days to register the car and they would back date to this date. Nice opener, i was under the impression that i had a year to bring it across but on reading the website again it looks like i was wrong.
Anyway i have been told that as my wife moved across earlier I can’t transfer my car under transfer of residency which seems strange to me, but so does VRT.
i was wondering if the car can’t be transferred whether i had the right to go and sell it back in the UK. It’s an old BMW with an engine too large and CO2 omissions too high. The VRT and road tax, which of course they want to back date, is more than the car is worth!!
Thank you for for any help you can give.

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Daniel
June 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

Send Button missing on vrt calculator? Why?

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Michael
July 4, 2012 at 11:34 am #

Am thinking of buying a car in England or N Ireland. The VRT calculator doesn’t work without a reg. number. Obviously I don’t have a reg no. but would like to get an idea of how much VRT would cost. For example:

Ford Mondeo 2012 2.2TDCi Titanium X Sport 5dr Auto 4000 miles 21,000 pounds

Ford Mondeo 2011 2.0 TDCI ZETEC 163 5DR 11,000 miles 14,000 pounds

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Steve
August 10, 2012 at 12:53 am #

Hi,

Does the VRT calculation take in to consideration the extra’s/upgrades on the vehicle? So if you type in the reg of the car does the extras relate to the reg, or does it just give the price with all the standard features for the type of car?

Thank you

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Brian O Carroll
October 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

Hello,

Thanks for this utility. Very handy indeed. However, I always seem to get a different figure when I fill in the details manually on revenue’s VRT calculator (sometimes a difference of 40%). Which figure should I believe? Can I ring up VRT office and ask them for a price for a specific car or do you just have to show up with the car? Seems a bit odd if you can’t determine accurate VRT on a car in advance.

Thanks,
Brian

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Arminas
January 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

Hi.I just want to ask you..I lived in Northern Ireland for 7 years and i have my 2004 Mercedes e 270 for 6 months or more on my name.I know i have to change registration and i moved to Ireland Republic for live and work and i no need to pay for my VRT.Is that true?I will wait for your answer as soon as possible.Thank you..

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Domnick
February 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

i Shane

Bought a Hyundia Santa Fe (new) in Glasgow, and on holiday in Southern Ireland had cause to put her into a garage with faults I could not travel back to glasgow with. When garage flagged up warranty it showed the car was registered in Southern ireland before going to Glasgow and was only three year warranty instead of a uk five year warranty which makes the car an import, which i was not informed of when bought car. Can I get my documents changed by garage I bought it in in Glasgow to show it is an Irish registered car.
I Am thinking on moving to Ireland in the future, would I need to pay VRT on this car.

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sandra ajuonoma
May 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

hi Shane,
well I have seen a car that I want to buy, except its in NI reg. its been on the internet since
yesterday. the car is Nissan note 2006 and vrt is 750, but I thought the owner is the one that need to change it to the irish reg. Please advise thanks.

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Christine
July 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

I took our 4 year old Toyota Auris bought new from a Toyota dealer in the uk to part exchange for a new car, and was surprised to be told that as the car was an Irish import they could not give us a full valuation and on questioning Toyota it was confirmed that it was an Irish import. What is the difference between UK spec and should it effect the part exchange price?

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