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    Default NCT: it's time to End the Monopoly

    new rules, which also allow drivers to undergo an NCT 90 days before their NCT cert expires, has resulted in many of the NCT centres being swamped in the run-up to Christmas and into the new year especially in urban areas...
    ..the earliest available date for online bookings at both Northpoint One and Northpoint Two testing centres in Ballymun, was January 31, while the earliest date available in Drogheda, Co Louth was February 16.
    NCT backlog sees drivers face

    Motorists may now find themselves unable to drive legally and unable to get an appointment within a reasonable time. It's three penalty points, at least, and a fine.

    To sell a car with an NCT cert, you may need to wait up to three months for an appointment.

    If you buy a car without a cert, you may have to wait up to three months before being allowed to drive it on the road.

    Since NCT cannot cope with the workload, to the detriment of motorists, isn't it time to allow others seek certification to carry out the tests?

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    The future of selling second hands cars ? business opportunity alert,

    National database of all maintenance jobs carried out, so regular service, timing belt, NCT passed, uploaded onto national database and people can check the service history and mileage of a second hand car before buying it. (for a small fee of course)

    SIMI garages could clean up, imagine buying a second hand car and looking at its service record online before you make a bid ? it would clear out a load of Arthur Daly's, ? I've got stung a couple of times buying second hand, sh1tbag dealers covering up faults and knowing full well money will have to be spent soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storybud1 View Post
    The future of selling second hands cars ? business opportunity alert,

    National database of all maintenance jobs carried out, so regular service, timing belt, NCT passed, uploaded onto national database and people can check the service history and mileage of a second hand car before buying it. (for a small fee of course)

    SIMI garages could clean up, imagine buying a second hand car and looking at its service record online before you make a bid ? it would clear out a load of Arthur Daly's, ? I've got stung a couple of times buying second hand, sh1tbag dealers covering up faults and knowing full well money will have to be spent soon.
    Such a service exists elsewhere....

    CARFAX™ - Vehicle History Reports and Used Car Listings
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    The NCT is a load of b*llocks.

    Remember all that corruption up at the Fonthill NCT centre?

    I put a car through there a few years back and it failed on emissions, there was nothing I could do about it.

    If I'd have left €100 in the glovebox it would've passed.

    NCT 'bribe' vehicles crushed by RTE - Independent.ie

    Idiotic concept open to corruption.

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    The NCT system was a catastrophic mistake. We should have gone for the UK system where ordinary garages (compete) to do it, and also can do any resulting repair work. I'd love to know the full economic cost in terms of time wasted with our system of test, taking car away to be repaired, and back again for retesting. And that's before you consider the monopoly effects.

    It's interesting that the standard (ie maximum) cost of a UK MOT is 55 pounds, but in practice with competition you can get it for less than half that price.

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    A money racket. I've yet to pass first time and while most so called faults were just come back for a visual inspection, some of them were, omg are you serious??

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    It is a ridiculous racket. Of course there is a backlog. If a car fails it has to get a retest. If enough cars fail there is an overtime requirement. Therefore cars are being failed, with the net result that there is an increased requirement for overtime for the testers.

    Does it make any sense to prepare for the NCT, if you are nearly certain that some task will be listed as required, so that a retest/additional inspection is required ?
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    It is a ridiculous racket. Of course there is a backlog. If a car fails it has to get a retest. If enough cars fail there is an overtime requirement. Therefore cars are being failed, with the net result that there is an increased requirement for overtime for the testers.

    Does it make any sense to prepare for the NCT, if you are nearly certain that some task will be listed as required, so that a retest/additional inspection is required ?
    Right now I need to replace a part of the exhaust, but for that I would not be bringing the car to a garage prior to NCT. Indeed on two occasions, a part 'needed' to be replaced according to NCT and yet when I bring the car to garage over it, the lads there were shaking their heads saying nothing wrong there, but what can you do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubstudent View Post
    The NCT is a load of b*llocks.

    Remember all that corruption up at the Fonthill NCT centre?

    I put a car through there a few years back and it failed on emissions, there was nothing I could do about it.

    If I'd have left €100 in the glovebox it would've passed.

    NCT 'bribe' vehicles crushed by RTE - Independent.ie

    Idiotic concept open to corruption.

    Was it petrol or diesel...?
    What the imagination can't conjure, reality delivers with a shrug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franzoni View Post
    Was it petrol or diesel...?
    It was petrol, a 1.4 1996 VW Vento. It was a reliable oul tank of a thing.

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