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Join Date: Nov 2006
Re: About to import my first Alfa - 07 1.9 GT - thoughts?
I imported my 166. Based on the VRT calculator I was expecting to pay ~2k. However because the exact model wasn't in the system - my car is the only one with this spec in Ireland - somebody in Rosslare (without seeing my pride and joy) decided to value my car twice as much as I paid for it in GBP. So I had to pay 3.5k VRT. When I gave them the receipt for the car, plus a printout of a similar car for sale in Limerick (almost same spec, but manual) for less than 5k compared to their valuation, the officer said I have to pay up before I can complain, and there is also a possibility for the VRT to go up.
I was about to go on holidays in a few days, so I didn't have the time.
But be careful, very careful, there are quite a few horror stories. The "expert" was _copying_ the make and model of my car from the V5, and I had to ask him not to write 'A L P H A' instead of Alfa. Also, somebody tried to register an Alpina BMW, and they were insisting it's not a BMW. My friend imported a Skoda, and they got both the engine size, the description of the car (hatchback vs estate) and the gearbox wrong.
So good luck, but be prepared to stupidity, ignorance, abuse and all the other crap from envious people who hate you just because you drive a better can then rest of the country.
Last edited by klapanciusz; 05-02-09 at 10:15.