Certificate of Roadworthiness    

In Victoria a Certificate of Roadworthiness is generally required when a vehicle is sold or if a used vehicle is to be re-registered. This helps minimise the number of poorly maintained vehicles on the road.

In some cases a Certificate of Roadworthiness is also required to clear a Vehicle Defect Notice or a Notice of Roadworthiness.

Footscray Auto Care is a licensed Vic Roads vehicle tester and is authorised to issue Certificate of Roadworthiness.

When can a certificate be issued?

The vehicle must pass a roadworthy inspection, and then a certificate is issued.

What is inspected?

Footscray Auto Care inspects and checks your vehicle to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that the vehicle is safe for normal road use.

A roadworthy inspection mainly covers the major safety related items, including:

  • wheels and tires
  • steering, suspension and braking systems
  • 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 test is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle. If you require a comprehensive check on the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle then we can also arrange for a separate independent report such as those offered by the RACV.

What if the vehicle fails the test?

If an item fails to meet the standard, Footscray Auto Care will issue a rejection report. You will be given seven days to repair the item/s rejected and return the vehicle to Footscray Auto Care for a second inspection of the failed items. If more than seven days elapse a complete inspection must again be carried out on the vehicle. Please note that Footscray Auto Care can quote on all major & minor repairs needed for roadworthiness.

How much does the test cost?

The cost of obtaining a Certificate of Roadworthiness is not fixed. It may depend on the age, type and condition of the vehicle being examined. Footscray Auto Care can quote on all types of minor & major repairs necessary for a Certificate of Roadworthiness.

How long does a certificate last?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness is current, for the purposes of a transaction, for 30 days from the date of issue.

What about the Australian Design Rules?

The roadworthiness test is not a complete assessment of a vehicle's compliance with the Standards for Registration, which, in most cases, are the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). The ADRs are a set of minimum standards for the construction of motor vehicles and trailers. In most cases compliance with these standards cannot be assessed by inspection alone.