Carnet in Ireland for Iran/Pakistan/India/Nepal
Currently the plan is to purchase/register/Green Card Insure a bike in Ireland and ride it hopefully through to Nepal.
For some reason I'm struggling to get my head around carnets a bit, though I think I have grasped the concept however I can't find much information on obtaining a carnet in Ireland (yes I googled "site:horizons unlimited.com carnet ireland").
The one piece of information I found was that someone bought a bike in Ireland and managed to obtain a Carnet in the UK, but there was no elaboration on how/where/cost etc.
I've read the RAC stuff about UK carnets, I just wanted to confirm what the process is about obtaining a carnet for an Irish bike in the UK. Does it even matter? Can I just go into the RAC in the UK?
[EDIT: Just found an answer to this:
"My vehicle is not registered in UK - can RAC still issue a carnet to me ?
RAC can issue a carnet to a UK, Channel Islands or Irish registered vehicle. For vehicles registered in other EU/overseas countries, application should be made to the national motoring authority of that country. RAC can advise."]
This leads to a couple more questions:
1) So if the above is the case, the RAC reckon that it takes a month to issue a carnet. Is this a typical wait time and if so, is there any way to organise this remotely (from Aus)? I don't have any major issues hanging out in the UK for a month if necessary but it would be good to know if it can be organised in advance.
2) Which is the most common/best option to take - the 500% value of bike security guarantee, or the insurance option with 50% rebate?
3) If I don't ever actually make it to Iran/Pak/Nepal/India and the carnet is never stamped... do I still get my $$$ back? Sounds like a stupid question but I may as well double check.
4) If i were to FINISH my trip in one of the countries requiring a carnet... well, what it the best option with what to do with the bike? Clearly I can't sell it so.... hmmm.
If it makes a difference, I'm an Aussie, with an Irish passport as well.
Thanks in advance for your assistance!