It was time to get new NCT (National Car Testing) done for our car. We went to the website, entered the registration (numberplate) and, sure enough, there was an appointment available at 3pm. So we booked it online, paid the fee of EUR55 and drove to Enniscorthy yesterday afternoon.
We parked the car at the centre and went inside. I told the guy at the desk my name. He double-checked the scheduled appointment and asked for driver licence, registration certificate and the car key. Then it was time to wait. It takes about 20-30 minutes until the test is done and the certificate is issued.
The worker went to our car, started it and honked the horn before entering the workshop. Some centres have big windows between the waiting room and the garage so customers can watch while their car is being tested.
First test failed due to the Spare Wheel Carrier (underneath the car) being insecure. The guy told us that if we could fix it on-site he would look at it again and issue the certificate right away. Praise the LORD, Stefan was able to fix it and we left with a new NCT certificate that day.
A little more information about road worthy tests in Ireland:
Cars up to 4 years old do not need a renewal of NCT. Cars older than 4 but younger than 10 need to be tested every 2 years. Cars older than 10 need to have their NCT renewed every year.
Things tested are e.g. horn, oil, water, lights, signals, that all seat belts and clips are fully visible, and more.