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Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.



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A Guide On Roadworthy Inspections

by Margie White

The roadworthy inspections concept is quite confusing for many Australians. They do not understand when and why they need the inspection in most cases. As such, they often get into trouble with the local authorities. Below is an article on roadworthy inspections in Australia. 

What Are Roadworthy Inspections? 

Roadworthy inspections assess whether your vehicle is fit for Australian roads. They are different from mechanical and pre-purchase inspections that assess the vehicle's mechanical condition. In Australia, you will need a roadworthy inspection when transferring the car or when changing or transferring its registration. 

Who Conducts Roadworthy Inspections? 

Roadworthy inspections are conducted by licenced testers operating from accredited garages. Check motoring blogs or your state's roads website to establish which garages provide roadworthy inspection certificates. After the inspection, the inspector awards a certificate if the vehicle meets the required standards. The costs for a road inspection vary across the various Australian states. Therefore, conduct some research to determine the costs before taking your vehicle to the garage. 

What Happens During Roadworthy Inspections? 

The tester evaluates the following during the roadworthy inspection:

  • The condition of the engine oil. Besides, the tester could also assess whether the air filter is clogged.
  • The state of the braking system. For instance, are there leaks or worn-out pads?
  • The condition of the steering and suspension system. For example, does the vehicle have the OEM suspension and steering components? Minor alternations or improvements could affect the vehicle's handling.
  • The presence of safety features such as the horn, airbags, lighting, side mirrors, rearview mirrors, first aid box, fire extinguishers and seatbelts.
  • The condition of the tires. For example, are they the right size? Do they have any wear? If they do, what kind of wear do they have? It will help the tester identify alignment and balancing issues. 

Can You Appeal the Results Of a Roadworthy Inspection? 

If your vehicle does not pass the roadworthy inspection process, the tester informs you about the vehicle defects. Typically, you will have fourteen days to repair your vehicle and get another inspection. If you do not complete these repairs in that timeframe, you will be required to take your vehicle for a full inspection. 

You are allowed to contest the inspector's report. However, you need to raise the issue with your tester. If the tester upholds their decision, you should take the vehicle to another tester. If the second tester agrees with you, notify the first tester and ask them to issue the certificate.