What Is A Roadworthy Certificate?

A roadworthy certificate proves your vehicle has passed a roadworthy test completed by an authorised roadworthy inspector. The roadworthy test is comprised of various criteria points that the vehicle must pass to qualify for a roadworthy certificate. These areas include:

  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Body (for rust or damage)
  • Windscreen
  • Lights

For example: A roadworthy inspector will check to make sure the tread level on the vehicle tyres are at an acceptable level and the brakes are correctly sized for the vehicle. If the vehicle does not pass these requirements, it will not receive a roadworthy certificate.

The roadworthy test is designed to make sure your vehicle is suitable for the roads as per the guidelines set out by the Department of Transport. However, it doesn’t test if your vehicle is healthy. For example, a roadworthy doesn’t include an inspection of your oil, motor or gearbox. For a comprehensive report of your vehicle’s health, you should book in for a full vehicle inspection.

Do I Need A Roadworthy Certificate?

There are only a few reasons why you would need to obtain a roadworthy certificate for your vehicle in Queensland. These reasons are:

  • You are buying or selling a registered vehicle
  • You are transferring ownership of a vehicle
  • You are transferring registration of a vehicle from another state to Queensland
  • You are re-registering an unregistered vehicle

Vehicles that require roadworthy certificates include; cars, motorcycles, trailers and large vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes.

How Long Does A Roadworthy Certificate Last?

Roadworthy certificates only last a short period of time before becoming invalid. If you are buying from a an authorised car dealer, the roadworthy will last for 3 months or 1000kms, whichever comes first. If you are buying/selling a vehicle privately (i.e from someone who isn’t an authorised dealer), the roadworthy will last for 2 months or 1000kms, whichever comes first.

Where Can I Get A Roadworthy Certificate?

You can obtain a roadworthy certificate from any certified vehicle inspector, permitting your vehicle is up to standard. Australian Mechanical offers vehicle safety inspections in the Brisbane area at competitive prices and with a fast turnaround. We also provide pre-purchase inspections to give you a detailed view of your vehicle’s health. To find out more, visit our Roadworthy Inspections page.

If your vehicle doesn’t pass a roadworthy inspection, we will advise you why and we can provide a quote to repair the vehicle if required.

If you have any questions regarding roadworthy inspections, give us a call today on 07 3356 1538 or complete our quick contact form.

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