What is a roadworthy certificate and when do I need one?

According to queensland government regulations – a safety certificate (otherwise known as a roadworthy certificate or roadworthy’s) is needed when a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or when re-registering an unregistered vehicle. It confirms that a vehicle has passed a minimum safety standard inspection.   We offer roadworthy’s in the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast.

Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) over 750kg-3,500kg
  • any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).

What does a roadworthy certificate cover?

  • tyres
  • brakes
  • steering
  • suspension
  • body rust or damage
  • windscreen
  • lights.

(source qld.gov.au/transport/registration/roadworthy/)

 

What vehicle roadworthy’s are not:

A roadworthy certificate is not a substitute for a full comprehensive vehicle inspection. A full comprehensive vehicle inspection will cover dozens of important points on your vehicle that are not covered by a safety certificate / roadworthy certificate.  To avoid buying a lemon you really need a full comprehensive vehicle inspection to ensure your prospective vehicle is not hiding any nasty surprises that could hurt you financially down the track.  More information on our roadworthy’s website here.

 

When do I need a roadworthy (safety certificate)?

You must display a roadworthy certificate label on a registered light vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale, including when you:

  • List the vehicle for sale online
  • Display that it is for sale in public
  • Drive the car with a sign in the window offering it for sale

You must display your roadworthy (safety certificate) in an obvious area, such as:

  • motorcycle—on the front forks or guard
  • car—on the windscreen or window

When displayed, all information written on the certificate must be able to be seen clearly from outside the vehicle.

You can be fined over $560 if you don’t clearly display a road worthy certificate on a vehicle—from the moment you offer it for sale.

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