FAQ

STEP 1

The Details

Please avail of the information on ukcarimports.ie to select a vehicle. Including reviewing:

  • Photo’s & specifications listed.
  • Equipment listings.
  • MOT status, the MOT is the NCT equivalent in the UK.
  • Motor tax rates.
  • Price, which includes an accurate VRT estimate.
  • A comprehensive inspection of the vehicle condition and mechanics will be completed following completion of a deposit.
  • We guarantee the details in the inspection reports, your car will arrive as described.

We will also complete a full history check. Such a significant investment should include a full history check.

STEP 2

Making a Decision

The buying process is straight forward enough – first, choose the car you would most like to buy. Review the information available, pricing, motor tax, MOT data and equipment.Prices listed have already been adjusted to include a discount for a ‘cash’ sale.

UK cars remain competitively priced, buyers are saving at least €2,000 and as much as €8,000 depending on the make, model and year. For many, the higher specification and greater choice and quality on offer are often equally as important as the savings that are to be made. Our clients are more informed when making a decision on a vehicle as we provide VRT inclusive prices, equipment specifications, MOT data, motor tax and mechanical/condition inspections.

Mechanical & Condition inspection reports are provided. Some vehicles have already had a mechanical or condition report completed, others have pre-inspection reports which will be carried out following completion of the deposit.

STEP 3

Making a Purchase

Once you have decided on which car you want to buy then you should Click on Place a Deposit. Simply enter your contact details and select the services you require. We will be in touch to confirm the details and advise on how to complete a deposit. On completion of the deposit you should email us a screenshot of the online payment, this will allow us to book a mechanical & condition inspection for the vehicle you wish to purchase.

The deposit is €1,000 for a car up to €20,000 in total value, and a €2,000 deposit for a car value above that, for some higher priced vehicles we may require a larger deposit. We will discuss this in advance if it’s relevant.

Where a Mechanical & Condition inspection is yet to be commissioned, please allow up to 4 days for the report to be completed. The report will be sent to you on completion with the contact details of the inspector.

STEP 4

Payment Options

Standard Payment Process

Payment of the balance due should be completed within 3 days of purchase. Once payment is confirmed either by a screenshot of the online payment or arrival of funds in our account, we will complete the purchase of your new vehicle. The exchange rate for the transaction will be included in the invoice. Our exchange rate is a competitive corporate rate.

Clients can also process the payment to us in Sterling as we hold a company Sterling account. Please let us know in advance if you plan to pay in sterling.

‘Payment on Collection’ option

We offer our guarantee that your new vehicle will arrive as described in our inspection reports, however, some buyers may wish to see or test drive their new vehicle before making payment.

Under this option, ukcarimports will pay for your vehicle upfront and have it transported. On arrival we will invite you to attend a test drive at our premises. Once you confirm the vehicle is as described in the inspection reports then payment of the balance on the vehicle will be by bank transfer, the details of our company account are given here. This should be completed in 3 days or less.

The central commitment of the terms and conditions with ‘Payment on Collection’ is that the vehicle should arrive as described in our reports and you get the opportunity to view and a test drive, if, in the very unlikely event the inspection report/s were not accurate then we will commit to bringing the vehicle up to the level of the inspection description.

STEP 5

Services Provided

Both Transport and an Inspection report are included as standard for each car purchase we facilitate. Additional services providing Warranty cover and VRT processing are available, these can be selected in the purchase screen visible when you click onPlace a Deposit.

Warranty Options

We offer a range of warranty cover, a policy can offer cover from 3 months to 2 years. Details of the cover on offer can be viewed here.

  • Premium Max (€395) – for vehicles less than 6 years old and less than 100,000kms (62,500 miles)
  • Premium Plus (€295) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€295) – less than 10 years old and less than 200,000kms (125,000 miles)
  • Premium Powertrain (€295) – less than 12 years old and less than 225,000kms (140,625 miles)

VRT Processing

We can complete VRT registration for €99 which includes completion of registration forms, presentation of the vehicle and required documents at our local VRT centre, payment of the VRT (paid to us in advance) and attachment of Irish registration plates.

Transport

Transport to Dublin from the UK is included in the price quoted. Collection is from our depot in Baldoyle, North Dublin. For directions please see our location on Google Maps.

STEP 6

Delivery

The delivery window is 10-14 days from the date of purchase. Transport companies offer a delivery ‘window’ rather than a date. We are informed about a day before delivery. Once we have a delivery date we will contact you to arrange a hand over appointment or a test drive if you have selected to pay on collection.

Once notified you should organise insurance using the UK number plate. Most Irish insurance companies will insure a UK registered car for up to 30 days to allow time for the VRT registration.

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This is an important point. Each vehicle is listed with either a date at which point the vehicle will no longer be available or open ended availability. Our site draws together vehicles from a number of trusted suppliers and some list a date by which time the vehicle will be sold, typically auction houses selling ex-lease vehicles. Others are more traditional and place the vehicle on the market until it is sold. Its just a matter of different business models. When you decide on a vehicle to buy, do pay heed to the availability and if there is an offer end date please get your deposit in a day before, otherwise the vehicle will be no longer be available.

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Our Standard Payment Process offers to provide a number of services to help you secure a competitively priced, quality assured vehicle from the UK. Payment for the vehicle is by you and in advance of collection and you have a quality guarantee based on our inspection reports, if the quality of the vehicle is different from the inspection report details then we will guarantee to address the quality deficit. However, if you are uncertain about our guarantee then you can opt for Payment on Collection where we will pay for the vehicle purchase upfront and we offer a test drive ahead of payment. The cost of opting for Payment on Collection is €295 and can be selected from our service options when you click Place a Deposit. The deposit required by vehicle value is the same for both payment options. Your choice!

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Used UK cars on www.ukcarimports.ie are physically located in the UK. The vehicles advertised are in stock at a wide group of UK dealers we have worked with before and also at UK auction houses. There are alot of good dealers in the UK and that allows us to have a greater selection for Irish buyers to choose from. Our database of cars is one of the largest in Ireland and unique in being entirely online. We are an Irish company with technical expertise in software development and the used car market. Our website combines these 2 knowledge bases to provide a cost effective alternative to buying at more expensive garage prices.

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We offer a range of warranty cover, a policy can offer cover from 3 months to 2 years. Details of the cover on offer can be viewed here.

  • Premium Max (€395) – for vehicles less than 6 years old and less than 100,000kms (62,500 miles)
  • Premium Plus (€295) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€295) – less than 10 years old and less than 200,000kms (125,000 miles)
  • Premium Powertrain (€295) – less than 12 years old and less than 225,000kms (140,625 miles)

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While we don’t offer our own finance solution we can recommend the best finance institution for buying a car through our service. Irish banks and most credit houses have quite restrictive terms on their car loans. The main restriction is that the loan can only be drawn down against a vehicle registered on Irish plates. The reason for this is simple, the bank wants an Irish asset (your car!) as collateral in the scenario a borrower defaults. In their calculation a UK registered car can be removed from the state and therefore beyond their reach. The one exception is the Irish Credit Union, as a member you must have savings to qualify for a loan, your savings are their collateral. Upwards of 30% of vehicles bought through are service are financed with Credit Union loans. If you are not a member of a credit union then get in touch today and start saving, then, when you come to buy your next car you can avail of their loans and get the best value available through UK CAR IMPORTS. You can find out more about Credit Union Car Loans here

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Services Provided

Both Transport and an Inspection are included as standard for each car purchase we facilitate. Additional services providing Warranty cover and VRT processing are available, these can be selected in the purchase screen visible when you click on Place a Deposit.

Warranty Options

We offer a range of warranty cover, a policy can offer cover from 3 months to 2 years. Details of the cover on offer can be viewed here.

  • Premium Max (€395) – for vehicles less than 6 years old and less than 100,000kms (62,500 miles)
  • Premium Plus (€295) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€295) – less than 10 years old and less than 200,000kms (125,000 miles)
  • Premium Powertrain (€295) – less than 12 years old and less than 225,000kms (140,625 miles)

VRT Processing

We can complete VRT registration for €99 which includes completion of registration forms, presentation of the vehicle and required documents at our local VRT centre, payment of the VRT (paid to us in advance) and attachment of Irish registration plates.

Transport

Transport to Dublin from the UK is included in the price quoted. Collection is from our depot in Baldoyle, North Dublin. For directions please see our location on Google Maps.

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We guarantee your car will arrive as described in the inspection reports. In the unlikely event there is a shortfall in the condition or mechanics in comparison to the inspection report, we promise to bring your car up to the standard described in the inspection report. Should you choose the Payment on Collection option, a test drive is provided in advance of payment of the balance due. Our guarantee on the inspection reports protects your investment. We also offer a range of warranty cover, a policy can offer cover from 3 months to 2 years.
  • Premium Max (€395) – for vehicles less than 6 years old and less than 100,000kms (62,500 miles)
  • Premium Plus (€295) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€295) – less than 10 years old and less than 200,000kms (125,000 miles)
  • Premium Powertrain (€295) – less than 12 years old and less than 225,000kms (140,625 miles)

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Our service is designed to support the most cost effective and safest way to secure the lowest prices from the UK used car market. Unfortunately that low cost model cannot afford to pay Irish market prices for trade ins. The optimal scenario for Irish buyers is to sell their current car privately on Carzone or Donedeal at Irish market prices and buy with us at lower UK used car prices.

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In short yes, as many as 25% of used car sales in the US are conducted online. Buyers want value for money for a quality safe purchase and online platforms have moved to meet those needs. The comprehensive inspection reports we provide means you will have all the information you need ahead of purchase. From mechanical condition to service details and a history check we will ensure our service provides the best standard in customer protection. We guarantee your car will arrive as described in our vehicle inspection reports and we offer a range of post purchase warranty options to suit your vehicle.

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The price quoted includes the cost price to purchase the vehicle from the UK, our fee, transport to our premises in Dublin and the cost of the inspection report. The price quoted is the most competitive price we can offer. We regularly compare our prices to others and we believe we offer the best value anywhere when safety, quality and price are considered equally.

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The prices listed are fixed, no further charges are mandatory. Optional services include VRT processing for €99, a 12 month warranty from €295 or Payment on Collection for a cost of €295, however, these services are entirely optional.

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We can provide a full VRT registration service for €99. We will let you know all the documentary requirements we will need to complete the VRT. If you decide to complete the VRT process yourself we will readily provide you with a VRT processing checklist and email support for any further questions you might have.

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ukcarimports.ie provides a VRT estimate included in the price with every car listed, these estimates are derived using the Revenue VRT database, this database is provided directly by the Irish Revenue Commissioners, the same database used for Revenue’s VRT calculator. We can provide confirmation of the VRT amount for a vehicle when you complete the deposit.

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From May 20th 2018, if you import a second hand vehicle from another EU Member State (UK for now!) which was tested on or after that date (20th May 2018) and the vehicle has a current EU Roadworthiness Certificate (MOT), you can have the unexpired portion of the certificate recognised by exchanging your out-of-state road worthiness certificate for an Irish issued EU recognition certificate (NCT).

Please see a link to the new law on the interchangability between the MOT and NCT. Essentially this means you can exchange the MOT for an NCT certificate, hence changing the MOT cert to an NCT cert. Your vehicle will not need an NCT test until the current MOT expires.

Put simply, if a UK car has an in date MOT your car qualifies for an Irish NCT for the remainder of the MOT. We can assist in the exchange process from MOT to NCT, free of charge.

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Absolutely not, the UK has treated fraud much more seriously over the years than has the Irish government. Knowingly selling a car that is clocked or a write off has been illegal in the UK since the introduction of the new Fraud Act in 2006.

Unlike Ireland the UK authorities implement these laws and there are many examples of car dealers and private individuals that have been prosecuted for selling clocked cars. Cartell draws attention to the difference in attitude to prosecuting car fraud in the UK vs Ireland here. Clocking was legal in Ireland up until Jan 15th 2014! Read the Irish Times here

Despite this no prosecutions have been brought against any dealer in Ireland to date.

In the UK they have the National Mileage Register (NMR) which is owned and run by HPI Ltd, this register contains over 140 million mileages for the UK car stock. Every time a history check is completed on a car the person requesting the history check must input the current mileage on the car, should a lower mileage, for example, be entered for a 3 year old car than was entered a 1 year before by another person buying a history check on that car then a warning is placed on the vehicle and an NMR check is required to remove the warning.

The NMR check will contact the other individuals that have input the different mileages to establish the facts and a report is then produced. This provides unique information to UK car buyers in advance of buying.

No such database exists for Irish cars.

Other methods of checking mileage include MOT and NCT records, in the UK a new car has its first MOT after 3 years, in Ireland the NCT only occurs after 4 years. UK cars appear on the system earlier than Irish cars which means they are easier to check.

It is much easier to clock a car with no records and again the risk in Ireland is mainly for new cars upto 4 years old, because there are no records of them to check against. In general there are much better systems in place to prevent car fraud in the UK than Ireland and the laws they have, are in place for longer and importantly, they are enforced. That doesn’t stop car clocking but it makes it much more difficult to do in the UK than Ireland.

Cartell and Motorcheck have spent a small fortune in marketing trying to scare the Irish public about UK Cars, this focus on UK Cars is groundless and if anything an Irish car provides a much greater risk. Marketing is not about facts but about selling car history checks! They do it very well!

Ask yourself, which system would you prefer to buy from, the Irish or UK system?

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Payment of the deposit is by electronic transfer only. You can access our bank details through this link.

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At ukcarimports we offer a service to buy a car on your behalf. This service agreement becomes active once the deposit is completed by the client. We are aware this is a big investment and people do change their minds, however, considerable time and effort goes into the preparation and completion of the inspection and purchase process and personnel have to be allocated days in advance to complete the buying process which can take most of a day. We are happy to take this cost on board in the instance of a failed inspection outcome, indeed we will offer to inspect a second car free of charge, however, the cancellation of a purchase for any other reason will incur a cancellation fee of €295 to cover our costs.

Just to reconfirm, if the inspection outcome fails our tests then you can reclaim your deposit or select a second car, which we will inspect for free. However, if you place a deposit on a car and cancel for reasons other than the inspection report outcome then we will charge a fee to cover our costs. Please be certain you are fully committed to buying before placing a deposit.

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Once VRT is paid and the registration is complete, you should then pay your motor tax online. The Irish logbook will follow in the post a week or after the tax disk. You will need the logbook before you can complete the NCT.

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