How To Prepare For The NCT Correctly
July 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

The NCT is known as a compulsory vehicle inspection programme in Ireland. The primary aim of this programme, is to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing harmful vehicles emissions in Ireland.

Introduced in 2000, the NCT is a preventative road safety measure that ensures vehicles using Irish roads are subject to a basic safety check at regular intervals.

That sounds a bit complicated, but essentially, it’s a test that your car has to go through in order to deem if its ‘driveable’ on the roads of Ireland. If your car is 4 years and older it must undergo an NCT every 2 years, if the car is 10 years and older, the NCT needs to be conducted annually.

Today, we’ll be listing a few top tips for you in order to help you prepare for your NCT and make sure you give yourself the best chance possible of passing.

1. Time

Make sure you have ample time to prepare for your test. You’ll get a letter/email 3 months in advance, but if you think your car is ready beforehand, you can phone or book an appointment before that.

But back to the point, make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare and make sure that your car is in tip-top shape and ready to be examined. Do a car service before, if necessary.

2. Lights

It is always a good idea to check all your lights before the NCT, because guaranteed, its one of the first things the inspector will check.

Check your headlights, dipped lights, fog lights, brake lights and your registration lights to make sure they are all working and are of a good standard.

3. Tyres, Wheels & Wipers

Be sure to check on these important aspects of the car too. The tyres must not have any punctures or tears on them and tread depth must not be less than the legal minimum limit of 1.6 mm. They should be able to run smoothly in order to be safe for the roads.

If your wheels have hubcaps make sure to pop them off before the test, this is important so that the tester can see the bolts on your wheels.

The wipers must not be rusted and must be able to wipe the rain or whatever the weather throws at you. Also, try to make sure they don’t squeak. One way to stop unwanted squeaking is to wet a piece of paper towel with a small amount of hot, soapy water or rubbing alcohol. Then wipe the blades with the towel until the paper towel comes away clean.

4. Documentation

This is really a given, but just to help you out I’ll list what you need:

  • Your drivers’ license as a form of identification
  • Your registration (log) book
  • NCT book/certificate
  • PPSN number

There you have it, it’s so simple, so make sure you have it.

5. Clean your car

Clean your car inside and out. Make sure the boot is empty and remove any unnecessary belongings from inside the car that may get in the way of the tester. If child seats are left in the car, the tester will check that it is fitted correctly and you may fail the test if it’s not.

6. Oils

Check that the oil, engine coolant, steering fluid, brake fluid and windscreen wash are topped up.

Make sure to fill these up to the recommended levels. If you are unsure (as I would be), take it to a mechanic (or ask your dad, just like me!).

7. Seat Belts

Ensure that seat belts are fully visible and in good condition. If the seat belt is frayed or cut it may result in failure.

I would also suggest making sure they clip in properly and that they ‘work’ essentially.

8. NCT Re-Test

If your car fails, which I hope it doesn’t with the help of these tips, you must bring the car back for the re-test within 30 days, otherwise the full test has to be repeated and you will be charged the full test charge of 55 Euros again. Let’s face it that’s a week’s supply of McDonalds so may as well stay on top of things!

9. Cancelling

If you cancel a confirmed appointment less than 5 working days beforehand or if you don’t show up for the test, a 22 euro surcharge will be added the next time you bring the car for the test and 11 euro will apply to complete a re-test.

Word of advice, just try make sure you show up to the test because you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.

10. Number Plate

To end, check that your number plates comply with current regulations. You may fail your NCT if your number plate is missing, not secure or the registration is not clearly visible. I would also recommend making sure the number and letters are the right sizes and that the background is the correct colour.

So make sure to take these top 10 tips on board and you will be well prepared for your next visit to the local NCT centre.

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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How To Prepare For The NCT Correctly
July 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

The NCT is known as a compulsory vehicle inspection programme in Ireland. The primary aim of this programme, is to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing harmful vehicles emissions in Ireland.

Introduced in 2000, the NCT is a preventative road safety measure that ensures vehicles using Irish roads are subject to a basic safety check at regular intervals.

That sounds a bit complicated, but essentially, it’s a test that your car has to go through in order to deem if its ‘driveable’ on the roads of Ireland. If your car is 4 years and older it must undergo an NCT every 2 years, if the car is 10 years and older, the NCT needs to be conducted annually.

Today, we’ll be listing a few top tips for you in order to help you prepare for your NCT and make sure you give yourself the best chance possible of passing.

1. Time

Make sure you have ample time to prepare for your test. You’ll get a letter/email 3 months in advance, but if you think your car is ready beforehand, you can phone or book an appointment before that.

But back to the point, make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare and make sure that your car is in tip-top shape and ready to be examined. Do a car service before, if necessary.

2. Lights

It is always a good idea to check all your lights before the NCT, because guaranteed, its one of the first things the inspector will check.

Check your headlights, dipped lights, fog lights, brake lights and your registration lights to make sure they are all working and are of a good standard.

3. Tyres, Wheels & Wipers

Be sure to check on these important aspects of the car too. The tyres must not have any punctures or tears on them and tread depth must not be less than the legal minimum limit of 1.6 mm. They should be able to run smoothly in order to be safe for the roads.

If your wheels have hubcaps make sure to pop them off before the test, this is important so that the tester can see the bolts on your wheels.

The wipers must not be rusted and must be able to wipe the rain or whatever the weather throws at you. Also, try to make sure they don’t squeak. One way to stop unwanted squeaking is to wet a piece of paper towel with a small amount of hot, soapy water or rubbing alcohol. Then wipe the blades with the towel until the paper towel comes away clean.

4. Documentation

This is really a given, but just to help you out I’ll list what you need:

  • Your drivers’ license as a form of identification
  • Your registration (log) book
  • NCT book/certificate
  • PPSN number

There you have it, it’s so simple, so make sure you have it.

5. Clean your car

Clean your car inside and out. Make sure the boot is empty and remove any unnecessary belongings from inside the car that may get in the way of the tester. If child seats are left in the car, the tester will check that it is fitted correctly and you may fail the test if it’s not.

6. Oils

Check that the oil, engine coolant, steering fluid, brake fluid and windscreen wash are topped up.

Make sure to fill these up to the recommended levels. If you are unsure (as I would be), take it to a mechanic (or ask your dad, just like me!).

7. Seat Belts

Ensure that seat belts are fully visible and in good condition. If the seat belt is frayed or cut it may result in failure.

I would also suggest making sure they clip in properly and that they ‘work’ essentially.

8. NCT Re-Test

If your car fails, which I hope it doesn’t with the help of these tips, you must bring the car back for the re-test within 30 days, otherwise the full test has to be repeated and you will be charged the full test charge of 55 Euros again. Let’s face it that’s a week’s supply of McDonalds so may as well stay on top of things!

9. Cancelling

If you cancel a confirmed appointment less than 5 working days beforehand or if you don’t show up for the test, a 22 euro surcharge will be added the next time you bring the car for the test and 11 euro will apply to complete a re-test.

Word of advice, just try make sure you show up to the test because you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.

10. Number Plate

To end, check that your number plates comply with current regulations. You may fail your NCT if your number plate is missing, not secure or the registration is not clearly visible. I would also recommend making sure the number and letters are the right sizes and that the background is the correct colour.

So make sure to take these top 10 tips on board and you will be well prepared for your next visit to the local NCT centre.

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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