NCT First Time Pass Package*

Take the uncertainty out of your NCT test by making a booking in any of our locations nationwide for our NCT First Time Pass Package*!

NCT First Time Pass

From €115

NCT First Time Pass Package

Since the introduction of the NCT in 2000, the Road Safety Authority has continued to make  significant changes to the complexity of the test, which has led to quite stable failure rates in a number of motor categories. At the start of 2020 exactly 50% of cars fail the test when present in the approved test centre (Fail and fail dangerous). (Source – January 2020)


To increase your chance of passing the test, all you have to do is to select our NCT FIRST TIME PASS PACKAGE .. and it applies for “any car” and “any time” you have to do the NCT.


Our NCT First Time Pass Package includes a Basic service and a Headlight alignment plus a series of checks for common NCT failures, and it will cost from €115 for the full package depending on the cc of the car.


If at the end of the NCT First Time Pass service we tell you you’ll pass, and if you don’t, we will pay your €28 NCT retest fee.*

At BestDrive we want to try make sure that your car will pass the test the second time and this will also help your wallet !

BestDrive by Continental will help you by offering to pay for the re-test fee which is currently €28, if you get ALL of the failure work that has been identified by the NCT centre (on their official NCT sheet) as the cause of recent NCT test failure, carried out in our local branch*.

What are the impacts on you if your car fails the NCT?

  • More time and money required to re-book the NCT at the test centre (Subject to availability)
  • Trouble getting the problems identified by the NCT properly fixed
  • Possible €1500 fine and 5 penalty points for not displaying a valid NCT certificate as you should not drive without a valid NCT certificate
  • A surcharge on your insurance premium will apply if you get 5 or more penalty points
  • Full details on the NCT test are available on


What does the BestDrive Pre-NCT Check Include?

Steering wheel play:

  • Front and rear wheel side slip
  • Steering linkage
  • Wheel bearings
  • Front and rear springs
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Shock absorber condition



  • Tyre condition and correct specification for all tyres
  • Tyre tread depth
  • Identification of suitable compliance markings
  • Spare wheel and external carrier
  • Steering & Suspension


Brake System:

  • Service brake pedal
  • Service brake operation
  • Mechanical brake hand lever
  • Mechanical brake components
  • Master cylinder / Servo / Valves / Connections
  • Brake lines and hoses
  • Brake wheel units
  • Brake fluid


Lighting Equipment:

  • Stop lamps / bulbs
  • Rear lamps and registration plate lamp
  • Side lamps
  • Headlamp condition
  • Headlamp aim
  • Auxiliary lamp condition


General Items:

  • Windscreen wipers and washer system
  • Exhaust system condition and suitability
  • Visibility of driver with tinted windows
  • Compliant registration plates


Comment Items:

  • Seats / Safety belts
  • Windscreen and mirrors
  • Speedometer / Horn
  • Doors / Locks / Anti-theft devices / Towing
  • Indicators
  • General bodywork / Chassis / Underbody

Electrical System / Transmission / Fuel System

What is not included in the BestDrive Pre-NCT test?

  • Emissions – Emission testing for petrol cars is available in selected BestDrive branches. Please check with your local BestDrive branch for further details
  • Adaptations for disabled drivers
  • Service brake performance
  • Service brake imbalance
  • Parking brake performance
  • Parking brake imbalance
  • Front axle performance
  • Rear axle performance
  • Correcting headlight aim
  • Correcting steering mis-alignment

What happens if we find items that may cause probable failure at your NCT?

If one of our qualified technical staff should identify some item(s) that require adjustment, repair or replacement in order to pass the NCT, we will issue you with a competitive quote for any work required and advise you of the time it will take to complete.

Terms & Conditions:

* The value of the re-test will be deducted from the total bill once the value of the repairs is over €100.00. Terms and conditions apply.

* The cost of the First Time Pass is determined by the engine cc of the car. For vehicles up to 1499cc it is €115, from 1500cc to 2499cc it is €138.00 and for vehicles over 2500cc or that required special oils (other than 5W30 or 10W40) the cost will be €170.00

We service all makes and models, to the best economy and performance.

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