The National Car Test (NCT) is 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.

From the 1st of May new regulations have come into force

• Five penalty points for driving a dangerously defective vehicle.
• Five points for driving without a certificate of road worthiness.
• Three penalty points for driving a vehicle without fixing a fault uncovered at the NCT.

Avoid penalty points and improve your road safety today. At South Dublin Automotive we will pre-test your car for FREE

What is included in a Free Pre NCT?

The free NCT check is a visual check. Included in this are wipers, bulbs, tyres, pressures, visual check of the brake pads and discs & all levels are assessed. To obtain a FREE PRE NCT a customer must provide proof of their NCT appointment beforehand.

What’s not included in the NCT pre-test?

The test does not include steering mis-alignment correcting or headlight aim adjustment where detected. The test is carried out without obligation and we will be happy to quote for any remedial work required to prepare your car for the N.C.T.

Mechanical checks may incur a cost, and you will always be advised of costs before any work commences.


The NCT was introduced on 4th January 2000.

What cars must be tested and how often?

Testing was introduced on a phased basis as follows:

  • Year 2000: Cars first registered before 1 January 1992
  • Year 2001: Cars first registered between 1992-1996
  • Year 2002 onwards: All four year old cars and eligible older cars i.e pre 92 registered cars tested in the year 2000 will be eligible for testing again in year 2002 because testing is every two years.


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