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. Don’t forget the first MOT is not due until 3 years after the first registration date.
  • Motor tax rates.
  • Price, which includes an accurate VRT estimate. We are the only company that provides accurate VRT for UK registered cars.
  • Condition and/or mechanical inspection reports are available for all Auction vehicles sourced from British Car Auctions
  • For Retail sourced vehicles, you can order a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle condition and mechanics that will be completed following a deposit.
  • We guarantee the details in the inspection reports so your car will arrive as described.
  • Other service options include Transport to Dublin, VRT processing or assistance with VRT processing and Warranty cover for Ireland

We will also complete a full history check on any retail vehicle if one is not already in place. Auction vehicles are pre-checked by the auction houses ahead of being accepted in for sale.

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. While prices for Auction vehicles are not fixed, prices for retail vehicles are.. If the car you have selected has ‘Auction’ printed on the cover photo then please allow a budget of ‘Trade Price’ +5%.

UK cars remain competitively priced, buyers are saving between 10% and 30% depending on the make and model. For many, the higher specification, 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 unique mechanical/condition reports or an inspection where required.

Vehicles to be Auctioned, have already had a mechanical or condition report completed. Retail vehicles have pre-inspection reports listed, these will be completed by our inspector, on instruction, after the deposit is made.

Once the inspection is complete you will be updated with a report from our mechanic. We guarantee the details will be as described on the condition and mechanical reports when the vehicle is delivered.

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. You will not be asked to complete the deposit immediately, we conduct preliminary investigations on the vehicle before giving the go ahead by email to complete the deposit.

To make the deposit, you can access our bank details through this link.

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 if you have selected that service.

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 mechanics report will be sent by email on completion.

STEP 4

Payment

Payment of the balance due should be completed within 3 days of the date of purchase. Once the payment of the balance 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.

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.

STEP 5

Services Provided

To view service options including Transport, Retail Vehicle Inspection, VRT processing or Warranty Cover please click onPlace a Deposit. You can add or remove service options to give you the final total.

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 (€395) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€395) – 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 Assistance

We can help you complete VRT registration for free. We will ensure you have all the documents you need to complete the registration of your new car in Ireland, on Irish plates. We can use our expertise to advise you through the process making it a seamless as possible. If you still are unsure then you can select our VRT processing service in the ‘Place a Deposit’ window.

Transport

Where transport is required, collection is from Dublin Port, Seatruck Ferries Terminal. Directions can be found here.

STEP 6

Delivery

The delivery window is 7-10 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 provide instructions on how to collect the vehicle from Dublin Port. If you have selected our VRT processing service then collection will be from our depot in Baldoyle.

Before collection you should organise insurance using the UK number plate if applicable. Most Irish insurance companies will insure a UK registered car for up to 30 days to allow time for the VRT registration to be completed.

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Purchase Manager

With about 300,000 online daily we provide the largest selection of used cars to the Irish market. However, if you find a vehicle elsewhere than ukcarimports.ie and would like us to manage the purchase then we can help.

Our fee to manage the purchase with the UK garage, on your behalf, provide a mechanical inspection and history check, transport your new vehicle to Dublin and complete the VRT registration is €1,600.

There are many pitfalls when buying from the UK, having the correct documentation for registration and MOT transfer is essential to a successful purchase. Our service is tried and trusted and will provide you with a cost effective way to access the UK market.

Should a vehicle you chose have a positive report and you chose to discontinue our fee will be €395. If you do order a second inspection and purchase that vehicle through our service our charge will be €195 per vehicle inspected.

To utilise our service simply copy and paste the web address of the car you wish to purchase into an email and send it to us. You can do this through the ‘contacts’ tab on the main menu. We’ll get back to you after a check on the availability of the vehicle.

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Nothing as such, you can try again or get your full deposit returned. We operate a ‘no car no fee’ service.

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While we don’t take details from buyers and actively look for vehicles in the UK, we do have a subscription service you can receive notifications for. Simply select the make and model in the filter on the used car page https://ukcarimports.ie/used-cars/ and you will see an orange banner with ‘Subscribe to notifications on this search’. Simply select whatever parameters you wish, enter your details and you will receive email notifications when cars matching the filter variables you selected appear on ukcarimports.ie.

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Our fee is included in the Trade Price listed. Additional service fees can be selected in the ‘Place a Deposit’ window – when you click on the button. Transport (€395), VRT Processing (€195), Vehicle Inspection – for retail cars only (€195) or Warranty Cover (€295-€395) can be selected and ordered through the ‘Place a Deposit’ window

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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.

We buy both retail and auction vehicles and both are held to the highest standards.

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/auction date please get your deposit in a day before, otherwise the vehicle will be no longer be available.

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The Condition and Mechanical reports are extremely reliable, however, for total reassurance we Guarantee the car will arrive as described based on the Condition and/or the Mechanical Report. We advise all our clients to protect their investment with our 12 month warranty. Details of our warranty are given on our home page.

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Vehicles are transported to Dublin Port, Seatruck Terminal. Directions can be found here.

Separate collection arrangements are made for those who select VRT processing. We will arrange a handover appointment once the VRT is processed.

Seatruck Ferries Terminal is open 24-7, making collection easier and more suited to your needs.

From the date of purchase transport takes about 7-10 days.

Our transport service provides full cover for the transport of your vehicle to Dublin.

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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 and also at UK auction houses.

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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 (€395) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€395) – 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 our service are financed with Credit Union loans. If you are not a member of a credit union then get in touch with them 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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Auction prices are obviously not fixed, the guide prices offered by auction houses are notoriously poor in predicting actual auction prices. The pricing prediction system used, CAP, is so bad I rarely view it ahead of advising clients on prices. In reality, the best cars go for the best prices. Everybody picks the nicest car they can find, especially when its priced the same as lower grade vehicles of the same make model and year and this is the problem with CAP pricing, there is no adjustment for grade or for the results of the mechanical report.

For Auction cars, identified by the auction label, we generally guide buyers budgets to trade price +/- 5% to allow for flexibility in the ebb and flow of interest at auction. The most attractive listed cars always sell for most.

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Auction vehicles come with a condition report in which the external and internal condition of the car is graded. You can read more about auction grading here. Basically any listed item under 100 mm is hard to see without knowing it’s there.

Most Auction vehicles will come with a mechanical report but not all, to assess an auction vehicles state of mechanical condition we use 3 sources of information, the service history, a mechanical report and the MOT (UK NCT). If a vehicle has 2 of the 3 mechanical checks listed, the vehicle is considered mechanically sound.

Don’t forget a UK vehicle is not due its first MOT until 3 years after its first registered. Cars less than 3 years old will not have an MOT.

Retail inspections are optional. Retail vehicles have pre-inspection reports listed. These are completed following an order for an inspection. The inspection will then be completed by our inspector upon the confirmation of a deposit. The inspection report is sent on by email once complete.

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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.

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 (€395) – for vehicles less than 8 years old and less than 150,000kms (93,750 miles)
  • Premium Component (€395) – 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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Auction vehicles have an ‘Auction’ label on their main photo. Auction vehicles also have an auction date listed and the company selling the vehicle. Auction prices are variable and can exceed the prices listed, we will advise on current trends in pricing ahead of purchase. Our source of vehicles is of the highest quality, we have been buying vehicles from BCA for over 10 years and we guarantee the vehicle will arrive as per the inspection reports.

Retail vehicles are sourced from retail traders throughout the UK. We offer to provide an inspection report which we guarantee.

Both types of vehicles are of the highest quality available in the UK and come with our guarantee that they will arrive as described in their relevant inspection reports.

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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.

We are in ukcarimports have been doing this for 6 years online and about 10 years in total. Its possible to see reviews on our business here. Google reviews unlike other eg Feefo cannot be altered by the company being reviewed and are a fairer reflection of the service on offer. Anyone who has used our service has been happy with our service and that’s because the quality of vehicles on offer is guaranteed by us. With that guarantee you can buy with confidence when using our service.

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There are 2 origins for vehicles listed onsite, one group are auction vehicles the other are Retail ie from a UK garage. By nature auction prices are not fixed and depending on the vehicle may go above the price listed. We will offer free advice on auction prices for any auction vehicle.

The UK used car industry is very competitive, with over 15,000 dealers and 500,000 used cars for sale there is a lot of choice. UK dealers tend to advertise prices as competitively as they can. Many dealers make their margin on used cars by providing a financial package with the car. On top of that buyers on our site will select the lowest priced vehicle on offer, these vehicles are already discounted and impossible to get further discounts on, in fact many garages in the UK have started charging an administrative fee of around £200 which often isn’t included in the list price. In short I have bought £40,000 cars from main dealers who would not offer me even £100 of a discount. Hence why the prices we list are fixed.

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Auction vehicle prices are dynamic by definition, we can help you set a budget for a particular make and model.

Some retail vehicles include a £200 administration fee levied by the UK garage, often this fee is only disclosed on engagement with the UK Dealer. Others will advertise cars up to £500 below the ‘cash’ price on the basis you take their finance option. Basically they are finance companies making money by lending money rather than selling cars, nothing untoward but a different business model. We will advise you if such a fee is due on the vehicle you wish to purchase.

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VRT processing is the process by which a UK car is registered in Ireland with Irish plates. We can assist you to do this yourself, free of charge.

We will ensure you have all the documents you need to do the VRT in your own time and will provide a check list of items you need and guidance to help you get your new Irish registration plate.

If you do want us to complete registration then simply click the VRT processing service option in the ‘Place a Deposit’ window.

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Alot of buyers of UK vehicles have been caught out in the past on VRT. You can avoid this hazard when using our service.

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.

We are the only company to include accurate VRT estimates with UK based cars and we are Irish!. Buying with us helps support Irish business and allows us to invest more in providing home based jobs.

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A UK registered vehicle is due its first MOT 3 years after its registration date, in Ireland the first NCT is after 4 years. Cars younger than 3 years old will not have an MOT. Vehicles between 3 and 4 years old will have an MOT but will not need an NCT until the 4 year anniversary of the first registration. Please remember this when you are looking for details on a vehicle listed on our site.

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 MOT that is ‘in date’ 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. For auction cars, please only send a deposit after we have set a budget.

You can indicate your intention to process the deposit for a retail vehicle with your ‘Place a deposit’ submission.

The deposit is €1,000 for a vehicle under €20,000 in value and €2,000 for a vehicle above €20,000 in value.

You can access our bank details through this link

To help with identification please include your name on the payment of the deposit.

If you could send on a screen shot of the completed deposit that will let me go ahead and bid/book the inspection in advance of the deposit clearing in our account

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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. Auction bid cancellation incurs a €295 charge. For clarity a failed bid where the price exceeds budget does not incur a charge. Where preparation for a bid has been completed and the client cancels then the charge is due.

Our charge to complete an inspection is €350, should the inspection show up significant issues we will still charge our fee, however, a complimentary second inspection will be offered. This way we cover our costs while looking after your needs.

Just to reconfirm, if the first inspection outcome fails our tests then you can 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 (€350) 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 so after the tax disk. You will need the logbook before you can complete the NCT unless of course, you have a UK MOT certificate.

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Auction vehicles are history checked prior to being admitted to auction. A history check will cover a range of information including any history of previous issues like a vehicle having been written off ie crashed, stolen or having finance outstanding. Most auction vehicles come from lease companies and have previously been on finance (lease) arrangements, sometimes the final lease payment is still in the process of being processed when a vehicle is sold and can be still listed with finance outstanding. To counter any concerns it is quite straight forward to contact the lease company and have an email confirming the lease company has no further interest in the vehicle.

History checks are in place for most retail vehicles and we can complete a history check for a vehicle if not already done.

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