Written-Off UK Imports Prominent in Ireland

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Follow-Up to RTÉ Prime Time Programme

Vehicle history expert CARTELL.IE reports today (11th May) on the actual numbers of written-off vehicles imported into Ireland from the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015. In a first-of-its-kind analysis – which follows-up on last night’s RTÉ Prime Time programme – Cartell reports that 10.75% of all UK imports registered in Ireland over a 6-month-period in 2015 were previously written off in the UK.

Cartell.ie examined 29,089 imports registered in Ireland in 2015 (taxed private or untaxed) and found that 10.75% of those examined were written-off in the UK. In the case of untaxed imports, vehicles which had been registered in Ireland in 2015 but were not yet taxed, that percentage shot up to 12.6%. In the case of taxed (private) imports the percentage was 10.4% written-off in the UK.

Graph 1: 2015 Imports by Age and Write-Off Rate (Source: Carstat Cartell.ie)

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Cartell.ie next examined the year of registration in the UK of each vehicle imported to examine which years were more likely to be written-off prior to importation. Cartell found that in the case of an imported 6 to 7-year-old vehicle 18.2% had been written-off in the UK. That percentage increased to 20.8% for a 7 to 8-year-old vehicle and 21.2% for an 8 to 9-year-old vehicle. In fact a consumer stands more than a one-in-five chance of importing a written-off 7 to 12-year-old vehicle.

Written-Off Category B

Cartell.ie also found UK Category B written-off vehicles are still making their way into the Irish fleet. A vehicle written-off as Category B is designated as parts salvageable only and is not meant to be on the road. During the period of research 26 vehicles were registered in Ireland after attribution of Category B status in the UK. 16 of those 26 had already been taxed in Ireland.

No Category A vehicle was imported into Ireland in 2015 during the period considered by the study.

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Notes to Editors:

Chart 1: Imported “Taxed” (Private) Vehicles into Ireland from UK (Source: Carstat Cartell.ie)

Age at time of import Number of Cars WO %WO Multiple WO Multiple WO %
Less than 12 months 953 36 3.8% 0
1 to 2 years 1553 135 8.7% 1 0.74%
2 to 3 years 2143 219 10.2% 6 2.74%
3 to 4 years 6659 261 3.9% 5 1.92%
4 to 5 years 4460 305 6.8% 8 2.62%
5 to 6 years 2355 336 14.3% 9 2.68%
6 to 7 years 2385 433 18.2% 13 3.00%
7 to 8 years 1346 280 20.8% 13 4.64%
8 to 9 years 761 161 21.2% 12 7.45%
9 to 10 years 683 141 20.6% 11 7.80%
10 to 11 years 618 125 20.2% 8 6.40%
11 to 12 years 413 88 21.3% 8 9.09%
12 to 13 years 212 39 18.4% 3 7.69%
13+ 367 41 11.2% 2 4.88%
24908 2600 10.4% 99 3.81%

 

Chart 2: Write-off Categories of Imported “Taxed” (Private) Vehicles into Ireland from UK (Source: Carstat Cartell.ie)

Cat A Cat B Cat B% Cat C % Cat C Cat D %Cat D Other
0 16 0.62% 980 37.69% 1545 59.42% 59

 

Chart 3: Write-off Categories of Imported “untaxed” Vehicles into Ireland from UK (Source: Carstat Cartell.ie)

Cat A Cat B Cat B% Cat C % Cat C Cat D %Cat D Other
0 10 1.89% 220 41.67% 288 54.55% 10

For further information please contact John Byrne on 087 4199018 or at john at cartell.ie or check out www.cartell.ie  for further information.

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