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Is Your Car Roadworthy?

Are you unsure about the condition of your car? Why not regain confidence in your motor vehicle by having your car inspected for roadworthiness? Alternatively you can book you vehicle for a basic service at Suncoast Car Care. A service does entail basic checks that include roadworthy items. After a service we will return the vehicle to you with a report concerning safety items such as tyres, brakes, suspension and much more.

At Suncoast Car Care we are specialised in car servicing, roadworthty inspections for light vehicles and mechanical repairs. If you are on the Sunshine Coast anywhere near Maroochydore, whether it is Kawana, Budermin, Mooloolaba or Coolum, why not try Suncoast Car Care first.

When is a Safety Certificate needed?

In Queensland you need a roadworhty certificate (RWC) for one of the following reasons.

  • Transfer of registration.
  • Selling your car. (If you are parking or driving your car with any type of for sale sign, you must display the safety certificate.)
  • Listing your car for sale online.

Moving to Queensland.

If you are moving to Queensland your car must be registered in Queensland withing 14 days of establishing your new address. You may be fined for failing to change your vehicle’s registraton in due time.

In order to register your car in Queensland you require a Queensland safety certificate, not one issued in another state.

If you are one of the lucky one who has just moved to the Sunshine Coast, you can get a safety inspection for your RWC done here in Maroochydore. Suncoast Car Care is right next door to the Queensland Department of Transport and Mainroads.

By the way: You are permitted to drive with a licence from another State or Territory for 3 Months after arrival in Queensland. It is advisable you apply for your Queensland Driver’s Licene during this time.

What is a Safety Certificate?

A safety certificate can be issued after a inspection of your vehicle by an authorised vehicle inspection station.
In order for a certificate to be issued, your car has to pass a basic inspection that includes items such as:

  • Lights
  • Body, rust and damage.
  • Windscreen.
  • Brakes.
  • Suspension.
  • Exhaust
  • Steering

The safety inspection covers basic safety items only and does not cover every little detail of the car.

My car failed the safety inspection.

You have 14 days to rectify the listed defects and present the car for a second inspection. The second Roadworthy Inspection is free and only the listed defects need to be inspected.

If you exceed the 14 days limit, a full Roadworthy inspection will have to be carried out at the cost of a normal inspection.

Please note that you are not obliged to have the repairs carried out by the workshop doing the inspection. You may take the vehicle away and do the repairs yourself or have another workshop do the work.

Inspeciton stations in Queensland are authorised by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main roads to carry out inspections and issue Roadworthy Certificates or RWC’s. To ensure the safety of vehicle’s on our roads, inspection stations are bound by law to adhere to strict inspection standards set by the department

Here at Suncoast Car Care we do not fail vehicles unnecessarily. With our customer’s wellbeing and safety at heart we let common sense prevail where discretion is required.

Standards of Vehicle inspection.

Information regarding vehicle inspecton standards for light vehicles up to 4.5 Tonnes that apply in Queensland can be found on the Department of Transport and Mainroads website.

  • Tyres must be compatible with the rim and suitable for normal road use.
  • All tyres fitted on the same axle must be of the same size and case construction.
  • The tyre width must not be more than 1.3 times larger than the manufacturer’s largest optional tyre width.
  • The tread must be at least 1.5 mm deep.
  • The tyres must not have damages such as cuts and buldges or show signs of case failure.