About Your Car

Why the NCT exists, which vehicles it applies to, and the benefits of having vehicles tested

Looking after your vehicle and maintaining it properly is a good habit anyway, but it also means it has a much better chance of passing the National Car Test (NCT).

Introduced in 2000, the NCT is a preventative road safety measure that ensures cars using Irish roads are subject to a basic safety check at regular intervals. The NCT confirms that a vehicle satisfies basic safety standards on the day the test is carried out.  It tests what is accessible and visible. It does not confer a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.

Passenger cars are required to undergo a roadworthiness test when they are four years old and every two years thereafter. An annual NCT for cars 10 years and older commenced with effect from 1 June 2011.

Looking after your vehicle and maintaining it properly is a good habit but it also means it has a much better chance of passing the NCT.

Benefits of the NCT
• Safer, more reliable vehicles
• Longer vehicle service life
• Reduced fuel consumption
• Reduced air and noise pollution
• Avoidance of Penalty-points Since 1 May 2009, you can receive penalty points for driving a vehicle on a public road that does not have a valid NCT

A vehicle needs to be serviced in line with Manufacturer’s guidelines, even if it has a valid NCT cert. A dealer should be willing to give their own warranty on a vehicle they’re selling. If not, this should immediately raise concerns regarding the condition of the vehicle. All buyers of second hand vehicles are advised to have the vehicle independently assessed before purchase.

Booking your NCT
When your vehicle is due to be tested, you must book with the NCTS : they will then send you an SMS, email or letter with details of your test appointment.

Find out more about the NCT including the benefits of the NCT and the legislation underpinning the NCT on National Car Test (NCT).