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Certificate of Roadworthiness Explained.

Cars driving on the highway.

Are you unsure what a Roadworthy Certificate is all about? Find out what it involves, and whether or not you are in need of one.

What is a certificate of roadworthiness?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness shows that a vehicle is considered to be in sound operating condition and safe for use on Australian roads.
Federal and State Government’s use it as a means for ensuring that your vehicle meets minimum safety requirements. It also aims to minimise the number of poorly maintained vehicles on the road.
The legislation regarding a Certificate of Roadworthiness varies from state to state. Depending on where you reside, it may be required:
  • Whenever you sell a vehicle
  • If a vehicle is being re-registered
  • To clear certain defect notices
A Certificate of Roadworthiness can only be issued by an authorised roadworthy inspector. The inspection aims to ensure that the key components of the vehicle have not worn or deteriorated.
Mechanic conducting a Certificate of Roadworthiness inspection.

What does a roadworthy inspection look for?

The roadworthy inspection is comprised of a series of criteria that the vehicle is required to pass in order to qualify for a roadworthy certificate. It checks on the wear and deterioration of the vehicle that would suggest whether it is safe or unsafe on Australian roads as per the guidelines set out by the Department of Transport.
Some of the standards assessed in your vehicle during a roadworthy inspection include:
  • Wheels
  • Tyres - tread wear, age and condition
  • Lamps and reflectors - function as expected
  • Windscreens and windows
  • Steering and suspension
  • Exhaust and emission control
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Vehicle body and chassis - for rust, corrosion and damage
A roadworthy inspection does not include a complete, fully comprehensive report of your vehicle’s health. It does not check for the vehicle’s overall mechanical reliability or general condition. Rather, the inspection focuses on assessing if the vehicle is presently road worthy.
For a comprehensive report of your vehicle’s health, speak with your local BestDrive store to book your car in for a full vehicle inspection.

Do you need a roadworthy certificate to sell your car?

It is important to note that the laws regarding roadworthy certification vary from state to state. If you are at all unsure, you can contact the experienced staff at your local BestDrive store. They will be able to inform you of the applicable information regarding roadworthy requirements that are relevant to you.
You can also contact the road transport authority in your state or territory for further details.
Car driving on the highway through the city.

How do you obtain a Certificate of Roadworthiness?

You can obtain a roadworthy certificate for your vehicle at your nearest BestDrive store. Our qualified technicians and mechanics can conduct all the necessary checks to ensure that your vehicle is considered safe on the road.
If your vehicle does not pass the inspection, they will advise you as to why and can provide you with a quote for any necessary repairs.
Feel confident that your vehicle is roadworthy and book an authorised inspection at your local BestDrive store today!
BestDrive. You drive, we care.

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