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Buying an imported vehicle

Things to be aware of when buying an imported vehicle.

This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.


Frequently asked questions

When importing a vehicle an appointment should be made with Revenue to have the vehicle inspected within seven days of it entering the state in order to register it and pay VRT. The registration process must be completed within 30 days of entry into the state. For further information on importation, VRT and registration contact Revenue.

Yes. However, once the vehicle is registered a valid roadworthiness test must be carried out.

Yes. Since 20 May 2018 you can now exchange a valid roadworthiness certificate from any EU member state. For further information on mutual recognition of roadworthiness certs for cars visit NCT and for commercial vehicles visit CVRT.

Contact your insurance provider for details relating to your insurance policy.

As taxing of vehicles does not fall under the remit of the RSA, you will need to contact your local motor tax office or email them at [email protected]. As the NOx tax falls under the remit of Revenue, you will need to contact them regarding calculation of NOx rates.