Since the introduction of the NCT in 2000, the Road Safety Authority has made significant changes to the complexity of the test, which has led to rising failure rates in a number of motor categories.
From 2011, all cars over 10 years old must get the test carried out every year. In addition, to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection, the NCT centre will also look at the quality and suitability of the tyres on your car. Only tyres that carry the “E” mark,  will be deemed sufficient to pass the test.

What are the repercussions if your car fails its NCT?

  • More time and money required to re-book the NCT at the test centre as well as getting the problems identified properly fixed so it will pass the second timePossible €1500 fine and 5 penalty points for not displaying a valid NCT certificate
  • A surcharge on your insurance premium for getting 5 penalty points

What we check for....

Steering & Suspension   Tyres
  • Steering wheel play
  • Front and rear wheel side slip
  • Steering linkage
  • Wheel bearings
  • Front and rear springs
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Shock absorber condition

  • Tyre condition and specification for all tyres
  • Tyre tread depth
  • Identification of suitable compliance markings
  • Spare wheel and external carrier
Braking System   Comment Items
  • 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
  • Brake fluid

  • Seats / Safety belts
  • Windscreen and mirrors
  • Speedometer / Horn
  • Doors / Locks / Anti-theft devices / Towing
  • Indicators
  • General bodywork / Chassis / Underbody
  • Electrical System / Transmission / Fuel System
 Lighting    General Items
  • Stop lamps / bulbs
  • Rear lamps and registration plate lamp
  • Side lamps
  • Headlamp condition
  • Headlamp aim
  • Auxiliary lamp condition
  • Windscreen wipers and washers
  • Exhaust system condition and suitability
  • Visibility of driver with tinted windows
  • Compliant registration plates

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