Why is it important to know a vehicle has passed an NCT?

In 2018 there were a total of 2,024,523 cars tested by the NCT. The average pass rate across the country was 49.25% while the national failure rate was 51.22%.

Top 5 Main Failure Items and Components for 2018 were:

  1. Lamps - 405,298
  2. Suspension and Steering - 392,657
  3. Brakes - 278,065
  4. Tyres - 165,335
  5. Registration Plate Lamps - 87,778

Top 5 Main failure - Visual Failure Items for 2018 were:

  1. Tyres - 165,335
  2. Front Suspension - 152,974
  3. Brake Lines / Hoses - 121,030
  4. Bodywork - 78,462
  5. Stop Lamps - 70,101

Top 5 Main failure - Equipment Failure Items for 2018 were:

  1. Beam Result - 71,537
  2. Brake Test - 57,700
  3. Shock Absorber Overall - 36,919
  4. Gas - 32,643
  5. Side Slip - 18,263

NCT Summary Statistics 2018:

  • Full Test - 1,343,760
  • Lane re-test - 444,628
  • No lane re-test - 236,135
  • Total - 2,024,523

Pass Rates 2018:

  • Full test - 49.25%
  • Lane re-test - 87.65%
  • Non lane re-test - 99.50%

Fail Rates Full Test 2018:

  • Pass - 466,141 (34.69%)
  • Pass Advisory - 182,144 (13.35%)
  • Pass Pending Recheck - 13,461 (1.00%)
  • Fail Refusal - 442,553 (32.93%)
  • Visual Fail - 202,273 (15.05%)
  • Fail Dangerous - 23,801 (1.77%)
  • Visual Fail Dangerous - 13,390 (1.00%)
  • Total - 1,343,760 (100%)

The National Car Test costs €55 and if it fails, it is €28 to re-test the vehicle.

Cars that are 0-3 years old do not require a test but cars that are four years older need to be tested every two years, with cars ten years or older being tested annually.

It is also important to be aware that there has been an increase in Fake NCT Certificates in recent years. One of the advantages of a MyVehicle.ie report, is that it can tell you if the car has a valid NCT or not.

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