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Hello, my name is Jim and I am a qualified lawyer (both in UK and Irish Republic) and happy to help you this evening.
Is the dealer in the process of sending you a replacement V5?. You could threaten a report to Trading Standards in the UK (+44 3454 040506) and this may prompt them to deal with the issue.
If not then you are faced with having to get your money back given the fact they should not have sold the car without the registration document available. The other issues is the car needs to be VRT'd in Ireland within 30 days of entering the State otherwise the Guards can seize the car and fine you.
Yes, in the UK the Consumer Rights Act 2015 applies but the more serious issue for the trader is selling the car without a logbook - that is an issue for Trading Standards. You could demand your money back and say they have breached the contract due to the fact you thought they had the legal document available (if you had not known then you wouldn't have bought the car). And now you are faced with VRT fines for being over 30 days - so they need to take the car back and you should send them an email to demand this - or a replacement car at their cost. They should pay for the cost of the ferry to get the car back to the UK. You should give them 7 days to confirm their stance and threaten a report to Trading Standards if they refuse to take the car back - you can also threaten to issue a claim against them.
How much was the car?
You would also say to the dealer without the logbook you cannot pay VRT over in Ireland and cannot register it in Ireland either. So you have a car which you cannot use unless you are back in the UK.
Well you would claim back the 10K euro but in pounds and work out the exchange rate. Then the 400 travel costs and any other costs you might have incurred.
You can send them a letter and I have uploaded a template for you to use. Give them 7 days to confirm their stance and perhaps come back to me. You cannot use the European small claims procedure (for cross border claims) as your claim is worth more than 5,000 euro. Do you have any friends or family in the UK whose address you could use for the claim (if you wanted to do the claim yourself?). The other option is to instruct a law firm but this would be pricey.
OK that's good news - you can start a county court claim and use that UK address for service of documents from the court so it's fine. The court issue fee is 4.5% of the claim value (which is added on top of the sum you claim back from the dealer). I can assist you with that if required.
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Have a good weekend,