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Ireland Vs U.K imported car prices… How do the top 10 vehicles stack up for young drivers?
UK Import Car Costs & Savings | Liberty Insurance Ireland

Buying a car from the UK can be a minefield with warranties, taxes, currency conversion and the logistics of getting it home. Trying to calculate if it is cheaper to buy a car from the UK can be complicated, so we did the legwork for you. We took ten popular cars and compared prices for Ireland and the UK.

For the UK total, we take into account the VRT, flight, ferry home and currency conversion. Currency conversion is based on currency rate (www.xe.com) at time of writing this blog - £1 is equal €1.08. Check with your bank for up to date rate. The cost of the flight (Dublin to Manchester – www.skyscanner.ie) and ferry (Holyhead to Dublin – www.irishferries.com) is based on a ticket booked a week in advance of travel. The websites used in pricing the cars were www.carzone.ie and www.autotrader.co.uk

To calculate VRT of each car we used the VRT calculator

Volkswagen Golf

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

49,863m

45,426m

Engine

1.6L

1.6L

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Colour

Black

Silver

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

None listed

Cruise control, M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Price

€13,500

£8,199 (€8,890)*

VRT

€0

€1,832

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€13,500

€10,981

 

Difference: €2,519

Ford Focus

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

46,000m

44,000m

Engine

1.6L

1.6L

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Colour

White

Blue

Interior

Cloth with leather trim

Cloth

Extras

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Price

€13,950

£8,000 (€8,671)*

VRT

€0

€1,732

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€13,950

€10,662

 

Difference: €3,288

Volkswagen Polo

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

44,360m

44,705m

Engine

1.0L

1.0L SE

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Petrol

Diesel

Colour

Silver

Blue

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

Basic Spec

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, 15” Alloy Wheels

Price

€13,950

£7,795 (€8,450)*

VRT

€0

€1,145

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€13,950

€9,854

 

Difference: €4,096

Ford Fiesta

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

48,125m

47,729m

Engine

1.0L Zetec

1.0L Zetec

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Petrol

Petrol

Colour

Blue

Black

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

A/C, Alloy Wheels

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Price

€10,450

£6,795 (€7,366)*

VRT

€0

€1,215

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€10,450

€8,840

 

Difference: €1,610

Volkswagen Passat

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

43,677m

48,235m

Engine

2.0L Highline

2.0L Highline

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Colour

Black

Black

Interior

NA

Cloth

Extras

Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Sat Nav, Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels

Price

€14,600

£8,000 (€8,671)*

VRT

€0

€2,638

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€14,600

€11,568

 

Difference: €3,032

Toyota Auris

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

41,640m

42,540m

Engine

1.6L D4D Luna

1.6L D4D Icon

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Colour

Ultra Silver

Black

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Price

€12,945

£7,495 (€8,124)*

VRT

€0

€1,750

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€12,945

€10,133

 

 

Difference: €2,812

Opel Astra

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

45,671m

40,000m

Engine

1.4L

1.4L

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Petrol

Petrol

Colour

White

Ultra Blue

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, 16” Alloy Wheels

Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Price

€9,950

£5,390 (€5,842)*

VRT

€0

€1,374

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€9,950

€7,475

 

Difference: €2,475

Toyota Yaris

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

44,118m

41,958m

Engine

1.0L VVT-I Luna

1.0L VVT-I Icon

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Petrol

Petrol

Colour

Blue

White

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

M/F Steering Wheel

Climate Control, M/F Steering Wheel, Alloy Wheels,

Price

€10,950

£5,990 (€6,493)*

VRT

€0

€1,593

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€10,950

€8,345

 

Difference: €2,605

Audi A4

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

40,509m

47,053m

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

Gearbox

Manual

Automatic

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Colour

Silver

Grey

Interior

Leather

Leather

Extras

Climate Control, Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, 17” Alloy Wheels, Sat Nav

Climate Control, Cruise Control, M/F Steering Wheel, 18” Alloy Wheels, Sat Nav

Price

€17,950

£8,995 (€9,750)*

VRT

€0

€3,341

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€17,950

€13,350

 

Difference: €4,600

Renault Clio

UK Car Import Costs & Savings | Car Insurance
 

 

Country

Ireland

UK

Year

2014

2014

Mileage (m)

48,399m

48,597m

Engine

1.1L

1.1L

Gearbox

Manual

Manual

Fuel

Petrol

Petrol

Colour

White

Blue

Interior

Cloth

Cloth

Extras

Cruise Control, M/F steering Wheel, A/C, Alloy Wheels

Cruise Control, M/F steering Wheel, A/C, 16” Alloy Wheels

Price

€8,700

£5,300 (€5,745)*

VRT

€0

€1,515

Flight

€0

€41

Ferry

€0

€218

Total (€)

€8,700

€7,519

 

Difference: €1,181

What's Next?

So if you don’t mind the extra effort and administration involved there certainly are savings to be made by buying a car in the UK. At Liberty Insurance we provide cover for a wide range of imported vehicles so get a car insurance quote now to ensure you have all your costs fully budgeted for.

If you want to check the history of a car in the UK visit https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ or https://www.hpi.co.uk/
To calculate the VRT of a UK car visit https://www.ros.ie/evrt-enquiry