If you need to get a car across to Ireland then all it requires is a little forethought and planning and a ferry. When it comes to transporting the car, you can either do it yourself or hire a car delivery to Ireland service.
Before Shipping your Car
Whether it’s going to Dublin, Belfast or anywhere else in Ireland you should run some checks before your car transport to Ireland.
Basic documents: Ensure that the car travels with all the correct paperwork including registration and MoT documents.
Running/faults: If you are shipping a running car, then make sure it works OK, especially if it hasn’t run in a while. Make note of the running condition of your vehicle so you can compare it when it reaches Ireland.
Cleaning and checking: Clean up your car inside and out, this will help you spot any damage as well as reduce wear from dirt and wind on the paint finish.
Taxation: Unless your car is going to Ireland temporarily (less than 12 months) then it will be subject to Vehicle Registration Tax, which comes to around 25% of the value of the vehicle. Taxation is also affected by the CO2 emissions if registered after 2008.
If you’ve owned your car for more than 6 months you’re exempt, unless you decide to sell it within a year of your Irish residency.
Foreign students may extend the 12 month exemption from VRT to the duration of their studies if importing cars to Ireland.
VAT: If you’re importing a new vehicle, it will be subject to VAT and customs duty. New is defined as less than 6 months old, or having travelled less than 6,000km.
Insurance: You will need to insure your car with an Irish insurer too, make sure to coincide the cancellation of any existing policies with your new one.