Crossings Motor Centre - (045) 256876

Recently failed an NCT?

Don't Panic- Let Crossings take the stress out of the NCT

If you have and NCT [National Car Test] or DOE/CVRT [Department of Environment/ Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test] coming up,  then let Crossings help you out. We are offering PRE-NCT/DOE Check ups for FREE. If you have an NCT/DOE coming up then don't fret. We'll look after you!

NCT/DOE are annual check ups that must be carried out on all cars over 10 years old. For the NCT the test is less frequent depending on the age of the car. (0-3 years--No test required // 4-9 years --Every two years) The DOE/CVRT is carried out annually.

Have your FREE NCT/DOE check up carried out  at the same time as your servicing to save time and trips to the service department. Let us identify any issues that may cause problems during your NCT/DOE vehicle inspection. 

Ensure a PASS first time around! 

If you have recently failed an NCT/DOE then call us up and book your car in for work with your NCT/DOE fail sheet and we can get you back online with FREE Estimates for the necessary work to get you through the test. 

Make sure to bring your fail sheet with you when bringing your car in for your free inspection and we will conduct a full Vehicle Health Check on your car, and we will give you a FREE ESTIMATE on the work that needs to be carried out to get you back on the road.  Our technicians are all Toyota Trained, giving you peace of mind and quality service 100% of the time. 

If you are prepared for your NCT then there is a better chance of passing first time around. Save yourself the time and hassle of a failed NCT by bringing your vehicle into us  for a PRE-NCT check up before the date of the test.  If you want to book in for a PRE-NCT we will perform a full Vehicle Health Check and refocus your headlights, as this is something that a lot of cars fail on first time around.  

Preparing for your NCT

There are a number of things NCT Centers recommend you do before bringing your vehicle in to be tested.  If all the below items have not been taken car of then the NCT may be unable to test your vehicle the first time around and you will have to book in for a re-test. 

1. Your car has adequate oil and water.

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

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 prior to 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 Express).

11. Your vehicle is at a normal operating temperature prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection

12. Your registration plates comply with current regulations


If you do find any faults that you’re unable to easily rectify yourself, contact Crossings in advance and we can complete the work required before the test is carried out. Ensuring a pass the first time around. 


Preparing for DOE/CVRT

DOE Test Checklist

The following are some useful tips to help you prepare your vehicle for DOE/CVRT. Following this guide cannot guarantee that your vehicle will pass but it will help to increase your chances of getting a pass certificate.


If you drive a van you should be familiar with the location of the oil and coolant indicators on your vehicle. If not, this is something that you should look into. These can be very important things to know about for a van driver.

Vehicles often get tested with very low levels of oil or coolant, which is a problem for the testers as they will need to smoke test the vehicle. This is done to measure the Co2 emissions of the vehicle and tells the tester how efficiently the engine runs. If a vehicle is very low on oil, there is a risk of the engine getting damaged during the test. The tester may also not perform the smoke test if they spot this low oil level, automatically resulting in a fail.


To check the oil, carry out the following tasks:

Warm up your engine and turn it off.

Remove the dipstick and clean it with a cloth.

Check your oil level and top up if needed with the correct grade of oil.

The oil type can be found in the user manual or an internet search.

Coolant levels are just as important for the same reasons outlined above. Checking coolant can sometimes be a little trickier than the oil, depending on vehicle type. Smaller vans and jeeps typically have an expansion tank in the engine bay. Usually these tanks are translucent with max and min markers. This means you can quickly tell if your coolant levels are high enough. With larger vans the expansion tank can be harder to read, they may only have a window and float to show you the level of fluid. It also makes sense to check the level in the radiator. There is usually a cap on the radiator or close-by that you can check.

PLEASE NOTE: Perform all coolant checks on a cold engine to avoid injury.


Another common occurrence when presented for test are vehicles with lights that are not functioning. This can be a simple fix for you before the test. It’s best to get a friend to help you check that lights are functioning correctly. The two main causes of lights not working are:

Bulbs are prone to failure but easily replaced.

Blown fuses – Most vehicles have a number of spare fuses located in the main fuse box of the vehicle. Your vehicle manual will show you the location of the fuse box and the relevant fuse for the light that is not functioning.


The DOE test involves a check of tyre condition. Tyre threads should be above the legal limit of 1.6mm in depth and evenly worn. Uneven wear is a problem that occurs on many vans. Cornering and loads can often cause excess thread wear on the extremities of the tyre. A proactive way of dealing with this is to get your tyre positions rotated on a regular basis. This involves swapping the tyres from the front to the rear. When getting your vehicle serviced you should ask your garage to perform this for you.

Tyre condition involves checking the side walls for impact damage and bulges. Weathering of tyres can occur if they are quite old. Cracks and sidewall damage are the major causes of tyre blow outs.

Prior to bringing your vehicle in for inspection you can check the tyres for wear and inspect the side-walls yourself and replace if needs be. This is also a good time to check your tyre pressure. Tyre pressure recommendations are usually on the tyre themselves but you can also check the driver’s door frame on the vehicle. Normally, there will be a sticker with the manufacturer recommendation of tyre index and operating pressure.


This can be a difficult area for you to examine yourself without specialised equipment. A major component of the DOE test is the braking performance of the vehicle. The braking performance is measured on the vehicle under a load simulation. The purpose of this is to check how efficient the braking is when stopping a vehicle with a load. The handbrake performance is also checked. Generally, if the brakes on a vehicle are sub-par, you will be aware of it. You can usually examine the condition of the brake disc and pads with the aid of a flashlight. If the brake discs have grooves on the surface, this can indicate that they are no longer usable and that they may need to be replaced along with the brake pads.

On the suspension side of things, the vehicles are checked for component wear. Kingpins, ball joints and bushes are visually inspected and then tested on hydraulic plates to simulate movement under load. If you think your vehicle suspension feels tired, it is usually an indication of worn out components. Again, this is something that is difficult for the average user to check and you should get a qualified mechanic to check this out for you.

Contact our Service Department on 045 897589

 if you have any queries. Don't Painc! Think NCT/DOE, Think Crossings.

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