Pre and Post NCT Checks

Pre and Post NCT Checks Only €50 Booking An Appointment Today

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Pre and Post NCT Checks

Is your car due for an NCT and you’re worried it won’t pass? Heard a few strange noises or fear you’ll need a few repairs? We all experience that heart-stopping moment as we wait to see if our vehicles are up to scratch, and with 50% of cars FAILING their first NCT test, it is no surprise that drivers want to do everything they can to pass.

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ServicesFree pre Nct Check (What we check.)€50.00 pre Nct Check (What we check.)€90.00 pre Nct Check (What we check.)
All checks are done on the floorCar goes up on RampCar goes up on ramp + petrol smoke test + diagnostic report
All lights & bulbs
Light Lenses are good, no cracks or scratches
Light Alignment
Tyres tread debth, size , tyre pressure
Remove Hubcaps, Check all wheel nuts are in place
Door locks and windows work correct
Front Window wipers, and sprayers are working
Windscreen not scratched or cracked
Brake and suspension visually
Front suspension each joint manually
Rear suspension each joint manually
Front Brake disc measure
Rear Brake disc measure
Front brake pads measure
Rear brake pads measure
Check each cv boot
Check each tie rod end
Check brake flexible hoses
Spare wheel & pressure
Wheel alingment check visual
Under the bonnettUnder the bonnettUnder the bonnett
Coolant leak & Test freezing point
Check for oil leaks and level
Battery test & check terminals
All belts, fan, powersteering, any other please note
Power steering fluid
Brake fluid
Inside the car Inside the car Inside the car
Brake and clutch peddles
No wires from radio etc, hanging down
No wires from radio etc, hanging down
Handbrake check
Spare wheel & pressure
All seatbelts are clear, clean and buckled
Diagnostic reports
Complete a emmisions test ( Petrol Engine ) provide a report
Complete a diagnostic test ( Provide a report )
Diptane Injector cleaner


Why choose Sweeney's Garage?

The good news is there is a way to improve your chances, and that is by booking Pre and Post NCT Checks at Sweeney’s. This includes an in-depth vehicle and full underbody check, focussing particularly on the most common NCT failures. This can save you the stress and costs of failing and rebooking the NCT or risking fines, penalty points and higher insurance premiums for driving without a valid NCT certificate. It also allows you to get these problems fixed promptly and properly with a no-obligation quote. For just €50, you can get Pre and Post NCT Checks near you with expert mechanics at a garage with more than 20 years of experience.

Here at Sweeney’s, we offer a range of services to help make sure your car is ready for the NCT. Please take advantage of our free 10 point check, which includes a quick check of all lights, tyres, your handbrake, suspension, battery and more. We also offer free car collections within 2km, no-obligation quotes and all our employees are experts in servicing cars of any age, make, model or engine.

For a more comprehensive check, we recommend our full pre-NCT service. This involves a more in-depth inspection and a full underbody check for your peace of mind. Our expert mechanics will do everything they can to ensure your car is ready to pass the NCT the first time round and will provide a no-obligation quote for any necessary repairs. This is the most affordable and convenient way for you to avoid failing your NCT and all the costs that come with it, so save yourself precious time and money by booking a pre-test service with Sweeney’s Garage.


Book a Pre and Post NCT Checks

Let Sweeney’s take the stress out of your NCT pre-test. Enquire now to set up an appointment for your pre-test or find out more about our services. Visit one of our garages or give us a call to arrange an appointment, or let us come to you with our free collection service.

Pre NCT Checklist

    1. Your car has adequate oil and water.
    2. The boot is empty, and your vehicle is clear of all valuables and personal
    3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the underbody).
    4. The wheel hubcaps are removed (only in the case where wheel nuts are
      not visible), and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
    5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested, e.g. cam belt/timing belt. You
      may be asked to sign a disclaimer at the test centre.
    6. All seat belts and clips are fully visible (including rear).
    7. We also recommend that you have your lights checked and set before
      the NCT.
    8. Your Vehicle Registration Book, Registration Certificate or Licensing Certificate is with you when you arrive at the test centre.
    9. You bring identification (driving licence) with you on the day of the test.
      The person who brings the car for inspection brings their identification
      with them (driving licence) as failure to provide the required
      identification will result in the vehicle not being issued an NCT certificate
      at the time of testing
    10. You have your test fee of €55.00, plus any cancellation fee (if applicable)
      payable by cash, laser card and all major credit cards (excluding American
    11. Your vehicle is at a normal operating temperature before arriving at the
      test centre for inspection
    12. Your registration plates comply with current regulations.
Pre and Post NCT Checks

Your car has adequate oil and water

The boot is empty and your vehicle is clear of all valuables and personal

 The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the underbody).

The wheel hubcaps are removed (only in the case where wheel nuts are
not visible) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.

The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. cam belt / timing belt. You
may be asked to sign a disclaimer at the test centre.

All seat belts and clips are fully visible (including rear).

Lights checked and set prior to
the NCT.

NCT Test Centres

How much does the NCT cost?

The fee for a full NCT test is €55, while the cost for an NCT re-test is €28 (both fees include VAT and may be subject to change). Any re-tests that don’t require the use of test equipment are conducted free of charge. These free re-tests can cover various items, including a visual inspection to check whether faulty windscreen wipers have been replaced.

What is the NCT cancellation cost?

If you rearrange/cancel a confirmed NCT test appointment with notice less than five working days (Monday – Friday, day of the test is not included) or fail to show up for your NCT test, you will incur a cancellation fee of €22 for a full test and €11.50 for a re-test.

If you want to reschedule your NCT test appointment, you will be required to pay €55 for the test at the time you reschedule. If you then fail to show up or wish to cancel the appointment, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount minus the cancellation fee. Therefore, you will get a refund of €33. In the case of a re-test, a fee of €11.50 will be applied, and you will be refunded €16.50.

Where can I get my car tested?

There are 4 NCT locations Dublin-wide established solely for the purposes of car testing.

These locations include:

• NCT Centre Deansgrange
• NCT Centre Greenhills
• NCT Centre Northpoint ½
• NCT Centre Dublin 22

You can choose a centre that is nearest to you for convenience.


How do I make an NCT test appointment?

If your car is eligible for the NCT, you can schedule an appointment with us in the following ways:


Book your NCT online via Just click the link, and you will schedule your NCT in four easy steps.


If you have any questions/enquiries or need clarifications on your NCT test, email us at We are very responsive and are happy to set up a time and date that is convenient for you.


If you’re having a hard time booking online and need extra help, give us a call today on 01-4135992. Our skilled team is readily available to help you book your NCT test. Our phone number is open from 8 am to 8 pm (Monday – Thursday) and from 8 am to 6 pm on Friday for NCT booking, confirmations, cancellations and re-arrangements of appointments.


You can also book, confirm, cancel or reschedule your NCT test appointment via postal bookings. Just post it to:

The Booking Department
National Car Testing Service Ltd.
Citywest Business Campus, Lakedrive 3026, Naas Road, Dublin 24
Feel free to send any enquiries or questions and include your phone number.