Road Worthy Safety Certificates RWC, Mechanical Repairs Caloundra
If you want to drive a car in Australia, you need to make sure that the vehicle you plan on taking out on the road is as safe as it can possibly be. The determination of the safety level is set by each specific state or territory, which means that what you need to do in New South Wales may be different from what is required in Queensland. For the purposes of this piece we are going to talk about Road Worthy Safety Certificates in Queensland, but keep in mind that the information delivered here may not be what you need to follow to have a roadworthy vehicle in other parts of the country.
Queensland Transport requires every vehicle to have its RWC displayed in a prominent position where it can be easily seen. It goes without saying that the vehicle has to be fully inspected by a licensed mechanic in order for the certificate to be considered valid. If you are trying to sell your car and do not have a certificate, or have one that is not clearly displayed, you could very well be on the hook for a $500 fine.
So what can you expect to be covered during the course of a vehicle inspection? At Straight Auto Caloundra pretty much all aspects of the vehicle are looked at by the mechanic, with the body and suspension the first to be checked to see what sort of condition they are in. If they are up to the standards set forth, the mechanic will the start looking at the safety features of the vehicle, such as the brakes, wipers, lights, tyres, and other basic elements. If all is good, the certificate will then be issued, keeping in mind that it is not something that lasts the lifetime of the vehicle.
Depending on who is selling the car, the certificate will need to be updated at very specific intervals. In the case of a dealer, a certificate will remain valid for 1,000 km or 3 months, whichever comes first, while a private seller will have a valid certificate for 2,000 km or 2 months. It is important that these numbers are strictly adhered to, as trying to sell a vehicle with a certificate that has expired will result in a fine being issued. This could get very costly if you do not stay on top of things.
There are a few exceptions to the rule in Queensland, though, with those living in rural parts nor expected to obtain a certificate if it meant that driving to an inspection station would mean some sort of hardship. If a vehicle is simply being sold for parts, a certificate is not required there either. Once the vehicle has been sold and registered, there is no need to maintain the safety certificate, although emissions regulations must be adhered to at that point. A good mechanic will be able to take care of all the pertinent details in regards certification and keeping the vehicle in roadworthy condition.