What is Swappage?

The SIMI Proposal

The introduction of a €2,000 VRT refund where a 6 yr old car (or older) is traded-in against a new car (from January 2014 for a fixed time-period)

Ireland doesn’t make cars so why would it make sense to introduce Swappage?

  • Exchequer Tax-take from New Car Sales has fallen from €2 Billion to €500 Million since 2007
  • This Tax-take will only increase when new car sales increase
  • 36,000 people working in the Motor Industry today, it used to be 50,000 in 2007
  • Increases in new car sales generate big increases in employment

"Swappage could deliver a big increase in the Government Tax-take, a significant increase in jobs & could help kick-start activity in the domestic economy"

What would Swappage Cost?


  • No cost for the State (like Scrappage)
  • In fact Swappage would deliver a very big tax increase for the State likely to be in the region of €80 million (after deduction of VRT refunds)
  • It would deliver an extra 2,200 jobs at a saving to the State of a further €50 million
  • Total Exchequer benefit would be €130 million between the extra tax revenues & the additional jobs
  • The Motor Industry benefit from Swappage would be an increase of 17,000 in new car sales in 2014 & a higher level of increase in used car sales & servicing due to the cycle of business generated by subsequent linked resale of trade-ins; protecting local jobs & businesses in 400 towns across the country