The importation and registration of motor vehicles in Ireland is the responsibility of the Revenue Commissioners and is governed by the Finance Act, 1992 and the Vehicle Registration and Taxation Regulations.
While my Department does not have a function in respect of such issues as outstanding finance or whether the vehicle was previously reported stolen etc., it should be noted that all used motor vehicles are required to undergo mandatory roadworthiness inspections once the vehicle has reached a certain age, generally 4 years for passenger vehicles and 1 year for commercial vehicles. Any imported used vehicle must also undergo a roadworthiness inspection before that vehicle can be used on a public road once that vehicle has reached the age previously indicated. As the roadworthiness testing regime is an EU-wide system (governed by Directive 2014/45/EU), a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness issued by another Member States will have the unexpired portion of the certificate recognised by the State.
My Department along with the Road Safety Authority strongly advises that a certified mechanic undertakes a thorough examination of any used vehicle before it is purchased or imported.