The testing of private vehicles (including second hand imports) commenced in Ireland on 4th January 2000. The test is known as the NCT (National Car Test).
Since then, the Road Safety Authority has made significant changes to the test, which has led to an increase failure rates in a number of motor categories.
At present over 50.7% of cars fail the first time. (Source NCTS.ie – August 2012)
Condition and specification for all tyres
Identification of suitable compliance markings
Spare wheel and external carrier
Steering & Suspension
Steering wheel play
Front and rear wheel side slip
Front and rear springs
Front and rear suspension
Shock absorber condition
Service brake pedal
Service brake operation
Mechanical brake hand lever
Mechanical brake components
Master cylinder / Servo / Valves / Connections
Brake lines and hoses
Brake wheel units
Stop lamps / bulbs
Rear lamps and registration plate lamp
Auxiliary lamp condition
Windscreen wipers and washers
Exhaust system condition and suitability
Visibility of driver with tinted windows
Compliant registration plates
Seats / Safety belts
Windscreen and mirrors
Speedometer / Horn
Doors / Locks / Anti-theft devices / Towing
General bodywork / Chassis / Underbody
Electrical System / Transmission / Fuel System
How you can best prepare for the NCT and what documents you should bring
Please prepare for the test by ensuring that:
1. Your car has adequate oil and water.
2. The boot is empty and seats are clear of personal belongings such as removable baby seats. If the baby seat is left in the car for the NCT, it will be checked that it is fitted correctly.
3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under body).
4. The wheel hubcaps are removed (only in the case where the wheel nuts are not visible) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. Cam belt/timing belt. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at the test centre.
6. Seat belts and clips are fully visible.
7. Your registration plates comply with current regulations.
8. NCTS recommend that you have your lights checked and set prior to the NCT.
9. Please ensure the person who brings the car for inspection brings identification with them in the form of a driving licence as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued an NCT certificate at the time of testing.
10. Please ensure your vehicle is at a normal operating temperature prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection.
11. Don’t forget to bring your vehicle registration book, registration certificate or licensing certificate and your test fee!
Please ensure you remove all valuables/personal belongings from the vehicle prior to the NCT.
If the above items are not taken care of, NCTS may be unable to test your vehicle.
To ensure you don’t miss your appointment, we recommend that you plan to arrive 10 minutes early or you may have to re-book for another day and pay a cancellation fee.
Call us today on
01 459 0833 | 087 – 625 3290 | 087 770 0285
to book your car in for a Pre NCT Car Check