I took my 2005 Volkswagen Golf for its second NCT this morning (what made me book a time for 8.45 in the morning on a Saturday?). I don't use the Golf that much - especially during the week when I bike it to work. So it doesn't get much abuse. The car was tested straight away - the whole setup at the NCT Centre in Deansgrange was very efficient. The test took just 20 minutes and the Golf passed with flying colours!
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What is it about the NCT that makes the experience a personal one? We all love our cars and maybe feel that they are part of us. I know a lot of people, like me, feel as if it is ourselves that is being tested - not the car. I was nervous and worried about having to get expensive repairs done before a retest. I was able to watch the whole test from the viewing room - I have to say that the mechanics/testers know their jobs very well and seem to be well able to test any type of car. I couldn't help think that it would be a great experience for my 4th year Business Process Management students to watch this and see if this very efficient process can be improved even further (my car had to wait about 5 minutes while the car ahead was cleared from a ramp).
So - I'm sure that the little bit of pride (and relief) that I felt as I was putting the new NCT badge on my windscreen is shared by many. No more worries for the next two years!