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Posted: 02.06.2024  ·  #1
After a couple of months of searching I have pulled the trigger and got my first campervan. Budget was limited but I am a DIY person and don't mind getting my hands dirty. I was aiming for something compact like a vintage Ducato Concorde, but most were either out of price range, had issues or very high mileage. Finally I found a good alternative and bought it unseen. It was close to a friend in Germany whom I completely trust, he went to see it and the deal was made.

It is very close to vintage status, but the previous owner said that it has been stored indoors during winter and the chassis condition confirms that - almost no corrosion to be found, amazing for the vehicle of that age. Interior is very clean too and I could not find any evidence of dampness. It has already made its first trip without issues and the plan is to drive it over to Ireland in July. Very compact at just over 5 meters.

So far what I know is that transmission has been replaced due to fifth gear failure and apparently the engine too - even though it says TDi on the side, there is no turbo inside so I won't be rushing anywhere. :)

Very happy so far!
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Posted: 02.06.2024  ·  #2
Looks good, best of luck with it and happy travelling 👍

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Posted: 02.06.2024  ·  #4
Well done on your new purchase, hope the guys in Rosslare don't go too hard on you. You may think that you have a long road ahead but there's plenty on here who have travelled that road before you and can give help and directions. Keep her between the ditches and get out in her as often as possible.

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Posted: 03.06.2024  ·  #5
Best of luck with it, hope to see you down the road at some point. 👍
Be sure to get all the paperwork belong to it before you present it for assment. If the engine was changed make sure the new number is on the logbook.

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Posted: 03.06.2024  ·  #6
Thanks! It is now on my friends name with german plates, anyone knows if there is anything we need to do before driving to Ireland considering he will be driving over and we will change ownership in Ireland? Not sure if this is even possible or we need to start our paperwork in Germany?


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Posted: 03.06.2024  ·  #8
Thanks, I was somewhat familiar with the process, so I guess in this case I don't have to do the export plates and temporary insurance in Germany, we just drive over, take it to NCTS, pay the VRT and then I will get the Irish documents and the current owner returns the German plates. Sounds simple enough (famous last words...)


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Posted: 03.06.2024  ·  #9
Click the link below and scroll down to post 12, I laid out all the details, you need to go through when importing, some of the items are not mentioned anyway on their website or their forms. you have 7 days to get it started and 30 days to get it all sorted.
Check that all the details are correct before you pay the VRT, They are notoriously bad at transcribing the information on the documents.

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Last thing keep a copy of the Original logbook, when you get your new Irish one, you will need it, to make sure the new one is correct, they will copy all your paperwork and give it back, except the Logbook.

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