About Us

Richard Smith

Owner and Managing Director

I have a BSc in Molecular Genetics and Pharmacology from UCD and a Doctorate in Pharmacology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Before setting up UK Car Imports, I spent 14 years in the area of sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals on the Irish Market. The last 4 years as Managing Director of Daiichi Sankyo Ireland, a Japanese company in the top 20 of Global Pharmaceutical sales. Look me up on LinkedIn.

Our reputation is important to us, ethics and integrity are basic necessities in modern business. It takes years to gain a reputation and minutes to lose it. In short we do what we say we will do. We believe in taking responsibility, and we do things the right way. Our business depends on it.


Quality, Value and Choice in used cars from the UK

Incorporated in July 2013 our company has grown over 6 years to become the largest import specialist in Ireland. In the financial year 2017, our sales exceeded €1,500,000 for the first time. For 2019 our sales are just shy of €3,000,000. Our success as a specialist importer is due mainly to price and service. Our website platform ukcarimports.ie is state of the art with a number of unique features. Our VRT program is a first and UK Car Imports remains the only platform with VRT available for 200K-300K UK used cars, allowing potential buyers to view the full price when making a decision for as little as €5.

Since December 2019 we have introduced Nitrogen Oxide Levy calculations for all vehicles on our website. This information is available along with VRT and any potential VRT rebate that each vehicle may be entitled to. Our developers have made this information available to help you make the best decision when buying a car.

Our unique condition and mechanical inspection reports provide specialist appraisal of the vehicles on our website. These reports are completed by third party professionals with no influence from the owner of the vehicle, protecting you and your investment.

Market trends suggest a bright future for technology driven sales of used cars across the globe, some even suggest it heralds the end of the dominance of forecourt sales. Macro developments like BREXIT’s effect on sterling has helped our business in the short term. With sterling so weak it’s surprising anyone buys in Ireland given the savings made by sourcing a UK used car. If sterling should strengthen then we expect Irish second hand car prices to rise also, thus maintaining the relative price advantage of importing a UK second hand vehicle.

Of even more relevance is the introduction of the NOx Levy/Tax from January 2020, this will be an additional tax to VRT and VAT and in the short term will reduce the number of older diesels being imported from the UK. In the medium term it will increase the prices of older vehicles on the Irish market as they will become rare and push buyers mainly towards petrol and hybrid vehicles as these have the range that modern electrics do not. Longer term vehicle prices will be heading higher but until they solve the range issues for bigger electric vehicles there will be a requirement for engines that can power family carriers and SUV’s and electric is a long way off that

Many if not most of the used vehicles on the Irish market today are imported by Irish traders from the UK. They add on a margin so if the cost price of UK used cars goes up due to stronger sterling or emissions taxes then so will prices on Irish car dealers forecourts. So used cars from the UK have always been cheaper regardless of the strength of sterling. Price, choice and the ease of buying online will grow our market share of the used car market in Ireland. By the end of 2021 we expect to service 5% of the market for imported UK used cars. Our innovation provides quality inspected UK used cars at the right price.

Some facts about UK Car Imports

Best prices in Ireland

Providing unique condition and mechanical reports

Accurate VRT & NOx levy for free. Find out if the car you are after qualifies for a VRT rebate.

Working for you since 2013. Annual turnover of €3.5 million in 2019 that’s 100% growth in 2 years

We provide a range of unique services such as completing the VRT registration for you and providing an Irish car warranty

Our online platform is leading the industry in providing more information on each car and making it easier to access lower prices from the comfort of your own home. No pushy sales car salesman required!