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Weaker Pound drives thriving Irish used car market

Exports of British-registered used cars to Ireland have increased almost 50% since the EU Referendum, said to be due to the weaker Pound, according to new data.

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Almost 50,000 UK cars were exported to Ireland in the first half of the year

Research by Fexco Corporate Payments, which looked at 3,000 transactions, uncovered a 49% increase in cross-border car purchases between the first half of 2016, and the first half of 2018. The company pointed out that the Euro-Pound exchange rate averaged 72.6p in 2015, compared to 87.9p so far this year.

The company said Irish dealers had spent a fifth more on UK imports in the first half of this year, compared to 2017. Spending by motorists and dealers was up 14% year-on-year in the same period, and 66% versus the first half of 2016. It pointed out Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) figures which showed 49,971 cars were imported as of the end of June, up 12% on 2017, and up 64% on pre-referendum levels.

David Lamb, head of dealing at Fexco Corporate Payments, said: “Historically the cost – and red tape – of importing a UK-registered car into Ireland put off all but professional dealers or the most committed individual motorists. But sterling’s continued weakness has shifted that calculus, and is nudging ever more Irish car buyers to look to the UK for their next car.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.