Is your car roadworthy? How do you even tell? At the A Grade Automotive Network, we’ve got extensive experience in all areas of servicing, so we know what makes a vehicle fit for the road and what doesn’t. Our member businesses administer thousands of roadworthiness tests every year, but there’s a lack of transparency and understanding amongst motorists about the process and what makes their car pass or fail.
In this blog, we tick off a few of the major points that can cause a car to fail a roadworthiness test, and explain when and why you need them, who’s permitted to do them, and the difference between them and other, similar inspections.
What causes a car to fail?
The most common problems picked up by roadworthies are a mix of the easy to fix and the harder to see problems. Issues such as oil leaks, faulty lights, windscreen chips and excessive smoke and noise are common points of failure that most drivers should know about before they get to the garage. But issues such as cracking in the tyres, unsecure seats and seatbelts, brake defects and flaws in the vehicle’s body can be harder to pick up. Most garages will be able to quote for work to repair all outstanding issues upon completion of the roadworthy test.
When do you need a roadworthy?
There are three times in a vehicle’s life when it needs a roadworthy certificate – when it’s sold (ownership is transferred), when it’s reregistered and in some cases to clear a vehicle defect notice. The first two are self-explanatory – having the vehicle’s roadworthiness assessed when it’s sold prevents unscrupulous owners from unloading poor quality cars and assessing it prior to reregistration ensures that its condition has not deteriorated between registrations. Vehicle Defect Notices are given by police, VicRoads inspectors and the Environmental Protection Authority to vehicles that do not meet roadworthiness requirements. Upon rectification of the issue, the vehicle must be submitted for assessment to ensure that all repair works were carried out to the required standard.
But what about pre-purchase inspections?
Roadworthies are good for certain issues, but if you’re a buyer looking to know exactly what you’re getting when you buy a car, they’re not quite the same. Pre-purchase inspections are inspections that look at aspects of the vehicle outside of the scope of ‘roadworthiness’. Pre purchase inspections make potential buyers aware of issues that might develop in the future, not just pre-existing problems. They also check for cosmetic and non-functional damage, helping you make a more informed choice about buying the car.
If you’d like to book a roadworthiness test or a pre-purchase inspection, speak to the team at your nearest AGAN member business today.