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Why import car insurance?

We understand that you want to stand out from the crowd, and turn heads as you drive your special car on the roads. Whilst buying an import car may be cheaper, finding cheap import car insurance isn't always easy. Most brokers will view the vehicle as being non-standard and this can lead to an increased premium. Car insurance for your import vehicle is required by law if you want to drive it on the roads in Ireland.

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What type of import car insurance do I need?

There are two types of import car; a grey import and a parallel import. Grey imports are for vehicles that haven't been EU approved and are typically and come from outside of the EU, such as Japan or America. An example of a Japanese import car would be a Nissan Skyline and an exmaple American import car would be a Ford Mustang. The parallel imports are brought in from other EU countries with similar specifications and hence are approved, for example Volkswagen and Peugeot. Typically the more mainsteam the vehicle the cheaper the insurance would be.

How can I save money on my import car insurance?

You could save money on your import car insurance by: buying a car with fewer modifications; building up a no claims bonus; ensuring that your vehicle is parked securely overnight and has an alarm system or tracker installed; or consider paying a higher excess. Some insurers also offer discounts if you are part of a car club or if it is your second vehicle and you agree a fixed mileage.

What types of cover available?

Similar to a normal car insurance policy, you will have to choose from three main types of policy: fully comprehensive, third party fire and theft, and third party. Fully comprehensive car insurance is the most common and the offers the highest level of protection as it covers you and your car against all eventualities to include damage, repairs, fire and theft, aswell as damage to someone else, their car or property. Third party fire and theft car insurance covers your vehicle if stolen or damaged by fire.

How do I import a car to Ireland?

If you decide to purchase an import car and bring it into Ireland there are a number of steps that you have to take, and the steps will vary depending on the origins of the vehicle. You will have to pay customs duty which will apply to used vehicles arriving from the UK and 10% on vehicles from the EU or a third country i.e. Japan or America. You may also have to pay VAT on the vehicle and you will have to complete the vehicle registration tax VRT process and pay tax within 30 days. You will then need import car insurance.

Why Paddy Compare for import car insurance in Ireland?

By using Paddy Compare, you can get import car insurance with just one simple form. We look at the details of your car and driving history and put you in contact with import car specialist brokers, best suited to provide you with the cover you need and at the right price.

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Every policy is different and tailored to your individual dirving needs and circumstances, speak to our advisers today and get the right import car insurance cover today.

Japenese import car insurance

Japenese import cars are now the most common because they typically have lower mileage and higher specifications than their Irish counterparts. They can also be great value for money if you can find the right deal. Japanese vehicle makes would include Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishiand Toyota.

American import car insurance

American import cars are typically larger muscle cars and are again seen by the insurers as higher risk due to the increased specifications and modifications. Makes would include: Ford, Jeep, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Shelby.

Left hand drive car insurance

If you own a left hand driver car, then you will need left hand drive car insurance. Our partner brokers cover left hand driver vehicles but ensure to discuss the details in full with your broker. Again the premium price is usually slightly more costly than that of a normal right hand drive vehicle.

  • What details will I need to get a quote?

    You will need your vehicle details, driving history and your personal contact details in order to get a quote.

  • How do I get quotes?

    Whether it's the high spec engine, the modifications or simply the look, we know that there is something special about owning an import car. Our import car insurance partners cover all risk types to include cars from USA or Japan. Use Paddy Compare's one-page import car insurance quote form and get a tailored quote and to speak to a specialist broker today.

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