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How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Ireland

Japanese used cars are famous all over the world.  Many countries import these cars. Durability and reliability are major reasons behind the popularity of these cars. These cars offer high quality at low price.

Second hand Japanese cars are also famous in Europe. Like many other countries Ireland also imports these cars. Many people in Ireland like to buy these cars. It is easier to import cars. Here is how you can import Japanese used cars in Ireland:

Find a Supplier

You need to find a supplier of Japanese used cars if you want to import Japanese used cars Japan in Ireland. There are many used cars exporters who supply second hand Japanese cars all over the world. You can visit their online portals and get detailed information about their services and how they work.

Make it sure that supplier you choose is reliable. You can find many used cars exporters online but choose the one which is reliable. Visit user forums and communities and ask for information. It is better to call them and ask for information. However, best way is to get in touch with their past customers and ask for information.

Choose Your Car

Buying a car is a costly decision that you make. It is better to think about your needs and budget before making a decision. If you are looking to import a Japanese used car, probably you have made a made a decision regarding the car that you want to purchase. You may have considered your needs and requirements before choosing the car. However, if you have not made a decision regarding that you can take a look at your exporter’s stock and find a suitable one for you.

Order and Payment

If you have made a choice about the car that you want to purchase, is time to order it. Order the car and your supplier will send you an invoice. Pay the amount in your local bank account so it is transferred to their account in Japan. Send the receipt of payment to your supplier.


Shipping process can be started after your supplier receives the payment. However, it depends on terms and conditions agreed between you and your supplier.

Port Clearance

You need a port clearance agent after your car arrives on the port. Provide all the relevant documents and fees to your clearing agent for the clearance of the vehicle. You can take your car with your after its clearance.

Import Rules and Regulations

It is easier to import Japanese used cars in Ireland. But, here are some rules and regulations that you need to consider when importing these cars in Ireland.

Shipping Ports

Major shipping port in Ireland is Dublin.

Right Hand Drive Vehicles

Ireland is a right hand drive vehicles country and driving is done on the left side of the road.


Used Vehicles older than 4 years or more are required to go through national car test NCT. It is necessary even if the vehicle has passed any test abroad.

Here are some documents that are required when importing Japanese used cars to Ireland.  

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Original Commercial/Purchase Invoice - must show proof of paying tax on the vehicle
  • Irish Customs form 1076
  • Original vehicle document stating owner's name, engine & chassis numbers

Duties and Taxes

  • Customs: 10% of purchase cost of the vehicle and shipping.
  • Shipping: 700-900 Euros depending upon the size of the vehicle.
  •  VRT is based on the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) of the vehicle.
  • VAT- 21% of purchase and shipping

It is easier to import Japanese used cars to Ireland. Many people in Ireland import second-hand Japanese vehicles. If you want to import a Japanese used vehicle, do not wait for the perfect moment and order now.

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