Do I need a certificate of roadworthiness?
If you are selling a vehicle (or buying a vehicle without a certificate) you will most likely require a certificate in order to transfer ownership of the vehicle at a VicRoads office.
If you do not obtain a certificate, VicRoads will refuse to transfer ownership and your vehicle will remain in the seller’s name and may become deregistered. A certificate is also required to re-register used vehicles.
What do I do with the certificate?
The certificate is used when transferring vehicle ownership at your VicRoads office. VicRoads requires you to present the certificate along with the required forms and fee so that they can update their record of ownership.
Once you get your certificate, you should take it to your VicRoads office within 30 days. After 30 days, the certificate becomes expires and becomes invalid.
What is inspected?
The inspection is a check of the vehicle to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that the vehicle is safe for normal road use. A summary of inspection items can be viewed on the VicRoads Roadworthiness Requirements
fact sheet.A roadworthy inspection mainly covers the major safety related items, including:–
- steering, suspension and braking systems
- wheels and tyres
- seats and seat belts
- lamps and reflectors
- windscreen, and windows including front windscreen wipers and washers
- the structure of the vehicle itself
- other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine.
The roadworthiness inspection is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle. The certificate does not mean:– the vehicle is in top condition without any wear or deterioration non-safety related accessories such as the air conditioner, electric windows etc. are working the items checked during the roadworthy inspection will continue to function after the inspection e.g. a brake light can stop functioning at any time after the inspection.If you require a comprehensive inspection of the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle GP Automotive offers a Pre-Purchase Inspection