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Brexit increases the cost of classic motoring

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CONCERNS: Members of Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club, pictured last year, are concerned that Brexit-related costs are making their hobby more expensive.

By Sean Moriarty

 

Classic car enthusiasts in the Killarney area are counting the cost of Brexit after discovering some hidden pitfalls during this current lockdown phase. Many enthusiasts are using the extra time lockdown has afforded to work on their classic cars.

The 5km travel restriction means that they now, more than ever, source parts or project cars online.

Britain has long been a happy shopping territory for such items mainly because Ireland and Britain are the only two EU countries with right-hand-drive cars.

A study by Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club (KVCVC) member Tom Leslie has revealed how much more expensive sourcing cars and parts in Britain has become since the start of the year.

Using a sample car costing GB£3,950, Tom has confirmed the cost of importing this car has increased by over €900.

For the purpose of the exercise he assumed transport costs (GB£500) remain constant and used the same exchange rate as a year ago. This gave him a base cost of €4,500.

New costs, applicable since the start of January, include a 21 percent VAT rate and a Irish VRT rate of €200 bringing the cost of importing the car to €5,465 compared to the 2020 figure of €4,250. This calculation does not include customs charges that could be imposed at the port of entry.

The same issue applies to parts.

“If you bring in an engine, make sure you have all the paperwork and receipts because the customs could make up the value of it," Tom told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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