Vehicles are categorised by a letter that indicates their intended use. It is important that you know your vehicle’s category in order to understand your tax and testing requirements.
Find out some safety basics concerning your vehicle and your vehicles parts
If you sell your vehicle or trade it in for a new model in Ireland, you must register the change of ownership and make sure your motor tax is up to date. If you import a vehicle, it must be inspected at a designated NCTS centre before you pay the mandatory Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and motor tax.
Many motorists don’t realise that under Road Traffic Law, it is the responsibility of the owner and/or driver of a vehicle to make sure it’s in a roadworthy condition at all times when used in a public place. All parts and equipment of that vehicle must be in good and efficient working order.
If you are thinking of buying a second hand car, you should get the vehicle independently checked by a mechanic to avoid any unpleasant surprises in the future. If you do not know the person you are buying the car from then you cannot be sure of its history.
RSA guidance on written off vehicles.