Ok so I am going over to uk next week to look at a 159 , red, 1.9 diesel, 75,000 miles on clock , 2009, cream interior and looking for £ 8500. So any advise would be appreciated re VRT and what to look out for. Can I drive it back on ferry? intending to fly over but drive back if I can get car at right price and its in good condition etc. Can I drive a uk reg car here until plates etc are changed etc?
You can drive it back.
You can get your current insurance policy to cover your new car from the UK to here and thereafter... Insurance companies don't care if the car is IRL or UK registered in my experience.
Make sure the car has valid UK road tax.... And yes I said UK tax!
The police will take the car from you if your caught driving without road tax. Ask the seller/garage to arrange for the tax to be paid for you in advance.
Customs will be interested in looking at your car before getting on the ferry at the UK side... show them your receipt for the purchase and there will be no problems.
Book a VRT inspection here: NCTS :: National Car Testing Service - VRT
Once the car is booked you can drive on UK plates here in Ireland with no problems. Just carry a printout of your booking with you.
Lookup the VRT calculator here : https://www.ros.ie/evrt-enquiry/vrte...execution=e1s1
On the day of the inspection you will have to pay whatever they request there and then. If you feel you have been charged too much then there is an appeals process.
But once you have the correct statistical code from the VRT-calculator site you'll know how much you'll be paying. My guess is you'll pay around 3100 for the car you describe.
Best of luck with the purchase if you go!
It's a great day out...