What You Need to Know About a Roadworthy Inspection and Certificate

Most cars in the country of Australia will need a roadworthy inspection on a regular basis, to ensure they're safe for driving and aren't creating undue amounts of pollution and exhaust. If you need to get a new registration or are thinking of selling your vehicle, note a few factors to consider and keep in mind about these inspections and certificates, so you know all details involved and are sure to get this done in a timely manner.


Each state will have its own laws as to roadworthy inspections and certificates, including what is inspected and tested, and how long that certificate is valid after the inspection. When arranging the inspection for your vehicle, be sure you check on your own state's requirements rather than assuming that these will be the same from state to state, so you don't overlook any feature of your vehicle that will be tested and don't let that certificate expire once you receive it.

Age of vehicle

A new vehicle may be exempt from an inspection; this will also vary according to state, but typically those cars that are only a few years old won't need an inspection. However, if your vehicle is used for business, and especially if you transport people for a taxi or shuttle service, your vehicle may need an inspection no matter its age.

What is tested

It's fairly obvious that a roadworthy inspection would test the brakes and steering, to ensure you can control the car when on the road. However, this inspection may include items that you wouldn't expect, such as the horn, as this keeps other drivers safe on the road. The air conditioner might also be checked, not to see if it works, but to note if it's leaking refrigerant, as this is damaging to the environment. To know what repairs you might want to make before you even take your car in for an inspection, check with the state office for a list of items that are applicable to your car, rather than assuming you know what will be included.


If you don't agree with the findings of the inspection of your vehicle, you can have a second inspection done by another certified inspector. If he or she also disagrees with the first inspector, you can take that report back to them and also file a complaint with your state. This can be what's needed to receive a refund of those inspection charges, and to ensure you are able to get your registration or sell your vehicle, as intended.