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What Is A Roadworthy Certificate QLD?

  • Post last modified:January 7, 2024

New to the Brisbane area? Or the first time having to get a roadworthy certificate QLD or safety certificate. The following explains when and why you need one.

What are Roadworthy Certificate QLD Requirements?

Before getting a Queensland Roadworthy Certificate known as a Queensland Safety Certificate you must get a roadworthy inspection (safety inspection) first. A Government-approved inspection station of your choice inspects important operating components of the vehicle. The check makes sure they are in good condition for their intended purpose and function. After the car passes the safety inspection you get a roadworthiness certificate, now known as a QLD Safety Certificate.

When Do I Need to Get a Roadworthy Certificate?

If you’re selling a registered car, motorbike, caravan, trailer or truck in QLD you must obtain a safety certificate before disposing of the vehicle. If the vehicle is unregistered and you want to re-register also if you have moved from another state and need to transfer registration. The only time you don’t need a safety certificate is when you’re selling an unregistered vehicle. A safety inspection not only protects buyers of used vehicles by making sure the vehicle is safe to drive but reduces the likelihood of crashes too. This is why calling around to get the cheap dodgy roadworthy Brisbane service should be avoided.

If you’re looking to buy an unregistered or used vehicle that is not yet roadworthy, it’s a good idea to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection in Brisbane. Here are some tips to ensure the car you want to buy passes a roadworthy inspection (safety inspection).

What Does a Safety Inspection Cover?

What does a Safety Inspection cover

Learn when you need to get a Queensland safety inspection and what it covers so you can give yourself the best chance for your vehicle to pass. The Queensland pre-registration process requires a seller to obtain a safety certificate when disposing of a registered vehicle, as well as unregistered and registered used vehicles coming from interstate to have a safety certificate (unless exempt).

Some of the Components Safety Inspection Covers:

  • Brake components – Condition, operational, efficiency e.t.c
  • Steering and Suspension – Condition, operational e.t.c
  • Tyres – Tread thickness & condition e.t.c
  • Body Rust or damage – No structural damage e.t.c
  • Windscreen – The area of your car’s windscreen where the wiper sweeps across is not clear. There are many causes like a crack or chip. If the damage impairs the driver’s vision or does damage the wiper blades it’s a cause for rejection.
  • Lights – Condition, operational e.t.c
  • Dashboard lights – No malfunction indicator lamps (MIL) on. Commonly known as the check engine light or service engine light. There are other warning lights like Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) or Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS). Another name is Airbag Light. If these lights are on this indicates a malfunction.
  • Headlights – Yellowed, hazy or discoloured (headlight restoration)
  • Seat belts – Condition & operational e.t.c
  • Exhaust – Leaks, mountings, protection or modifications not to a standard by the vehicle manufacturer.

Vehicles Include:

  • Cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 0.751–3.50 tonnes (t)
  • Any other vehicles up to 4.50t gross vehicle mass (GVM).

Important Safety Inspection Update Information from QLD Government

The safety certificate rules have recently been reviewed and updated. From 1 September 2021, vehicle owners are no longer required to obtain and display a safety certificate before a vehicle is offered for sale. This includes when a vehicle is offered for sale on a dealer’s lot, advertised online, or a ‘for sale’ sign is displayed on the vehicle. It is still a requirement for the seller to obtain a safety certificate before disposing of a vehicle. Penalties may apply if a safety certificate is not obtained before selling a registered vehicle.

Getting a safety certificate

A safety certificate is no longer required before offering a registered vehicle for sale. You must still obtain a safety certificate before disposing of a registered vehicle, other than to a dealer. You may be fined over $650 for not having a current safety certificate when disposing of a vehicle.

Queensland Government

Safety inspections are performed by qualified mechanics who are authorised, inspectors. The most convenient way to get a roadworthy certificate is to search for “mobile roadworthy near me” to find mechanics who come to you.

How Long Does a Roadworthy Certificate Last?

Depending on who is selling the vehicle the times vary.

Roadworthy Certificate QLD Expiry

  • Private Sellers: 2 Months or 2,000km (whichever comes first) from the date the certificate is issued.
  • Motor Dealers: 3 months or 1000km (whichever comes first) from the date the certificate is issued.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is a mobile roadworthy QLD?

The average cost for a mobile roadworthy QLD (road safety certificate in Queensland) depends mainly on location and type of vehicle. You can expect to pay $80-$120.

How much does a roadworthy cost in Brisbane?

The cost for Brisbane mobile roadworthy is around $85-$100 for cars and up to $200 for caravan and gas or camper and gas certificate.

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