As we reported back in April 2010 – if you apply for an NCT test date and they fail to give you an appointment within 28 days of the date you apply – you are entitled to a free NCT test .
You won’t get it offered automatically – you will have to ask for it.
Figures published by Applus – who carry out the Car Testing Service – show that 17,000 free tests were given out in 2010 because of delays. With the price of an NCT test at €50 – that was a loss of €850,000 of potential income.
Applus still managed to make a profit however – their pretax profit was €971,997 for 2010 on turnover of €43.1 million.