Bringing A Car In From The North: FAQs

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THINKING about buying a used car? You probably weren’t impressed with the news that since the beginning of the pandemic second-hand auto prices in Ireland have risen by over 50%, way in excess of the price inflation in the US or the UK.

So why pay more for a car in rip-off Ireland when you can just head up North, buy a car and ‘bring it in’? Not sure how? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions:

Bringing a car in from the North? What’s that?

That’s when you buy a used car in the 6 counties and bring it back home to the south, thus saving thousands of euro in the process. It’s a real no-brainer, there’s no reason not to do it.

But is it that simple? Just buy it and drive it home?

No, there’s a load of forms and things. And registration changes and the like, but it’s all apparently really simple. You’ll save thousands, maybe even tens of thousands.

Wait, ‘apparently’? Have you done this?

No, but a lad we know who knows his cars told us about it in the pub. He does it all the time, and always has a nice car. There’s VRT and such like to be paid… look, we don’t really understand it, but it seems like a genuine thing to do.

What about Brexit, have the rules changed? Is it still as simple, or is the current state of affairs in the Irish used-car market a direct result of the strangulation of supply since Britain (and therefore Northern Ireland) left the EU?

Shit.. we didn’t think of that. But yeah, that makes a bit of sense. Still, even if you have to pay taxes and import and customs and whatnot, you’re still looking at a saving of thousands.

You keep saying ‘save thousands’. What are you basing that on? Something this pub lad talked about?

Ehm….yes.

You don’t know if this is even still a thing, correct? You’re suggesting I go through reams of paperwork and hassle to buy a car from 300 miles away, sight unseen, to save possibly fuck all?

Look, this lad I know swears by it.

So if we’re reading this correctly, you’re just reciting something you heard from God knows where, just to be a bit of a know-it-all even though you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. 

Ha! You have me there.

Do you even drive?

No.

Get the fuck out of here. 

Can you give me a lift?

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