Topic: Roadworthy Certificates / Safety Certificates

Written off vehicle inspections

Written-off vehicle inspections

These are comprehensive vehicle identity checks which apply to all vehicles classified as repairable write-offs and are required before a repairable written-off vehicle can be re-registered.

They are part of the national theft reduction initiative and are required to ensure that the identity of repaired written-off vehicles is legitimate. This is to combat the illegal use of vehicle identifiers and to stop the re-birthing of stolen vehicles.

Where can I get a written-off vehicle inspection?

Queensland Inspection Services do written-off vehicle inspections. They have sites in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gold Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and Townsville. To get more information or make a booking, contact 1300 722 411.

What is the process to get a written-off vehicle inspection?

Booking times range from a few days to over a month so forward planning is always suggested. When booking an inspection, the vehicle’s details, including the vehicle identification number (VIN) make, model, colour and registration number must be provided.

On the day of the appointment, the owner will need to personally present the vehicle at the inspection site. If this is not possible, the person presenting the vehicle will have to prove their identity by showing an acceptable form of identification, such as a Queensland driver licence.

The representative of an organisation must show a letter of authority to conduct business on behalf of the organisation, in addition to their own personal identification.

What documents are required?

On the day of the inspection you will be required to provide:

Failure to provide some documentation could result in delays during the vehicle inspection.

How long will the inspection take?

You must drop the vehicle off to the inspection site on the morning of the appointment—you are not allowed to be present during the inspection process. The inspection, on average, takes 1 day. The examiner will contact you when the vehicle is ready to be collected. If more time is required to complete the inspection, you may have to leave the vehicle at the inspection site for longer.

What is the difference between a safety certificate inspection and a written-off vehicle inspection?

A safety certificate inspection meets the minimum legal safety requirements to be driven on the road, as specified in the Vehicle Inspection Guidelines.

The written-off vehicle inspection is a thorough and detailed analysis of the identity and history of the vehicle to ensure its identity is legitimate. The inspection includes an analysis of the vehicle’s history and repair documents. If there is any doubt or inconsistencies with the vehicle’s identity, history or documentation, the vehicles are referred to the Queensland Police Service for further inspection. The Queensland Police Service may undertake a
detailed forensic inspection on the vehicle to confirm its legitimate identity.

CL Vehicle Inspections – Gold Coast & Brisbane

CL Vehicle Inspections – Gold Coast & Brisbane

With the implementation of the Personalised Transport Reforms later this year, it is anticipated a large number of light

vehicles (4.5t GVM or less) will need to be inspected every 12 months and be issued with a certificate of inspection (COI).

This includes taxis, limousines, and vehicles being used to provide booked hire services, such as those provided by Uber

and Sheba.

With the increase in the number of vehicles requiring an annual COI, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has approved the outsourcing of COIs for light personalised transport vehicles to Approved Inspection Stations (AIS).

Vehicle owners will have a choice of obtaining their annual COI from TMR or from an AIS approved to inspect these types of vehicles.

The frequently asked questions below provide AISs with relevant information about the new light vehicle inspection type.


What will the new inspection type be called?

The new inspection type will be called CL (Light Vehicle COI).


What vehicles can be inspected under the CL inspection type?

An AIS that holds a CL inspection type can inspect light vehicles (4.5t GVM or less) that are used, or planning to be used

for personalised transport services. To provide such services, these vehicles will need to be registered with a purposes of

use (POU) of:

• booked hire (BKHR)

• booked hire/rental (BKRN)

• taxi (TAXI)

• limousine (LIMO) or

• special purpose limousine (LSPL).

Other registered light vehicles that require a COI, that will not be used to provide personalised transport services, are not

eligible for an AIS COI. Examples of ineligible vehicles include registered school service vehicles, tourist and airport

transfer vehicles, and commercial minibuses.

Registered light vehicles that are ineligible must continue to have a TMR issued COI to allow their registration to be

renewed. Unregistered light vehicles are able to obtain a CL COI from an AIS for new business registration purposes.

The approved examiner will be required to confirm with the customer the current or intended POU for the vehicle to

ensure the vehicle is eligible to be issued with a CL COI.


What requirements must an AIS meet to be granted and issued the CL inspection type


To be granted and issued with the CL inspection type, an AIS must:

• be enrolled in and currently using the Inspection Certificate Online (ICO) system

• be approved for LV inspections

Light Vehicle COI (CL) Inspections

Inspection of Personalised Transport Vehicles

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• have brake testing equipment that is able to produce the required brake test results (either paper or electronic)

which records the date, time and GPS coordinates of where the brake test was conducted

• be able to upload and attach the brake test result to the inspection record in ICO.



Will there be a paper version of a COI for CL type vehicles?

No. A CL COI for personalised transport vehicles can only be issued using ICO.


Are there any additional requirements that must be checked as part of a CL inspection?

CL type vehicle inspections must be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines

(COP-VIG) for light vehicles. The COP-VIG will be updated to include additional checks that may need to be performed

when inspecting CL type vehicles. These will include:

• distress lights (if fitted – taxis only)

• hail lights (if fitted – taxis only)

• taxi security cameras (if fitted – taxis only)

• fire extinguisher (if fitted – minibuses only)

An updated version of the COP-VIG will be released prior to the commencement of the CL inspection type and will be

available on the TMR website at The new CL inspection type fail reasons will also be included in

ICO when conducting a CL inspection.

The approved examiner will be required to attach a copy of the brake test result to the inspection record in ICO. Failure to attach the brake test result will mean the ICO certificate cannot be completed.


When will the CL inspection type be available in ICO?

The CL inspection type will be available for AISs to use in ICO from Monday 4 September 2017 for vehicles intending to

be registered as a booked hire or booked hire/rental vehicle. Vehicles either currently registered or intending to be

registered as a taxi, limousine and special purpose limousine, will be able to obtain a CL COI from an AIS from 1 October




Pre Purchase Vehicle inspection – What it contains

Following our post about why you can’t trust a safety certificate as a reason that a car is a good purchase, now we thought we’d talk about what we do in a Mobile Pre Purchase Inspection Service.

What’s included, what’s not included and how it works.

So typically a customer will call up and let us know there’s a car they are interested in purchasing either through a private sale or in a car yard. We will get all their details down and then we’ll get down the vendor’s details and then we will give the vendor a call and confirm a time on the buyer’s behalf that works for both the vendor and our inspector that serviced the area.

We will go out and perform the inspection on site, generate the report and then send the report via e-mail and we’ll also give a phone call and discuss the report with the customer.

What’s in the report you ask? Well the report will state the name, model, the VIN, the registration, the current odometer reading, the engine number, the purpose of the inspection and then that will be the first page. The first thing we start the inspection with is the interior. We check the seats are all secure, there’s no tears, the seat belts are operative they retract, they work, they will check the trim, they will check that the radio is operative, the rear window, the washers and wiper fluid fires and functions as they are supposed to, the horn, the doors, the locks, the hinges, all the windows are operational, warning lights on the dash, the gauges are all operative, then they will report if all those items are working.

The next section of the report is the exterior so we will go around looking for any evidence of rust or body repairs, we look at the glass and make sure there are no stone chips and report that, is the sun roof aerial, is it working, under the frame, across the fenders, all the underbody parts, is there any damage, is there any evidence of any impact damage, the front suspension, the rear suspension, the steering components, no evidence of exhaust leaks, the differential is not leaking, theres no play in the drive shaft.

The next section of the inspection report is the engine bay. We look for any evidence of noise indicating that the engine is tired, or that there is any indication of valves or lifters, the timing belt we check the fluid levels, We check for fluid leaks, We check the engine mounts, We check all the hoses, the pipes, the water pump, the fan, We check the ignition system, the fuel system, the battery, the radiator, all the drive belts and the pulleys, the break booster, the master cylinder and the ABS.

The fourth section of our report is the tyre, and brakes. We go and inspect all the tires, see if theres any indication of them needing replacement, where they are at in their life cycle, the wheels, is there any damage, have they been ran into the gutter, are they buckled, spare rim, brake hose, calipers, the brake pads, the discs, the brake linings, the wheel cylinders, the brakes and the drums, park brake, the wheel bearings.

On the fifth section what we do is a road test. We try to get the vehicle on 80K’s, this isn’t always possible. On the road test we try to get up to 100K’s but more often than not we’re not able to do these if it’s in a residential area we can only typically get it up to about 60K’s. But sometimes you need to get it above 100 to see if any evidence of a wheel alignment or balance. We also check out the ease of starting, if it idles, if theres any rough idling, evidence of engine noise, engine performance when it’s under load, is it missing, is it smooth, exhaust smoke and emissions, seeing if there’s more smoke coming out the back of the car than there should be, is there any reason for a concern, is the gearbox automatic or manual, is it shifting all gears as it should be, is it crunching, is it making any noise, is it sticking, the differentials, the whining, are they operating as it is supposed to, the steering and the suspension, that theres no noise coming from the suspension, when you go over things it’s not clunking, the brakes operation, the brakes are not spongey, they do have feeling and feed back and they are gripping as they should, the speedometer is reflecting a true speed.

Where possible we try to put it in 4 wheel drive, however if it’s in an urban environment once again it’s hard to test that. It really is something that needs to be tested, if its an imperative part, it needs to be taken and tested. We advise to meet the vendor at suitable location to put the 4wd through its paces.

That’s what’s included in the Mobile Pre Purchase Inspection. You then get a copy of the report with the inspectors details, so if you want to discuss the report with him or ask him any specifics, his details are on the report and you can give him a call and discuss anything.

What is not included in the report. The report is a visual, non-invasive report. What does this mean? It means that we don’t remove any part of the car for our inspection. We can’t remove anything from the vendors vehicle and then put it back on. So it’s a visual, non-invasive inspection. There is no warrantee with the inspection. We can’t offer a warrantee. A lot of people ask if we offer a warrantee, there is not a business in the automotive industry that will offer a warrantee on a pre-purchase inspection.

One thing I forgot to mention is that we take photos of the vehicle and all the items that we have listed as needing attention that we can take a photo of and represent. So if it’s an impact damage we’ll take a photo of it, if theres any wheel damage we’ll take a photo of it and that will be on the report. Typically we find that you can get at least four times the cost on average of the report off the price of the car after you know the repair items that need to be done and most importantly it gives you peace of mind prior to purchasing.

Why Roadworthy Certificates Can’t Be Trusted For Buying Decisions

You should never trust a road worthy or safety certificate as part of your decision to purchase a used car.

One of the big things we have found at Auto King is customers coming back to us because we’ve issued a safety certificate or roadworthy on a used vehicle that they have purchased.

The way it plays out is that they will be interested in a car, typically in a private sale or in a car yard, more often than not in a private sale.  They’ll go look at the car and everything looks okay too their untrained eye, and then they will proceed too buy it.  Straight after their purchase they will take it to their mechanic to get it serviced and checked out.

This is absolute madness!  If you’re looking at buying a house you don’t buy a house and then get a building and pest inspection report AFTER to make sure that everything is the way it’s supposed to be, you get it done first.  We don’t understand why people go and continue to purchase a car then get it checked out after they’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars.  Just because it has a safety certificate or roadworthy doesn’t mean that it is in good condition.  Safety certificate and a roadworthy isn’t a warranty either.

They are just certified as at the time of inspection there was nothing illegal on the vehicle.  If a vehicle has leaks of any description and they are NOT dripping from the vehicle onto the ground, that is still a PASS.  You could drive it for another 500km and it could be pouring out, it’s not a perfect system by any means but that is the legislation that we work with.

If you’re thinking of buying a used vehicle (especially a private sale because you have no come back) it’s imperative that you go and get a PRE PURCHASE VEHICLE INSPECTION first to ensure there’s no surprises after the fact.  You can use these to negotiate the price but more importantly you can have the peace of mind of any repairs that may be required.

A roadworthy inspection can be issued on a vehicle that is still working but has a blown head gasket.  A roadworthy can be issued on a vehicle that has a gearbox which is still operating but is about to seize because it hasn’t been serviced ion 100,000k’s.  A roadworthy certificate gives you no idea of the condition of the motor, the oil, if it’s been serviced it is literally a pIece of paper saying that the brakes aren’t under sized, that there’s no cracks in the wind screen and about 20 other things.  You cannot rely on that when you’re spending your hard earned money.

Never trust a vehicle with your money based on the fact that it has a roadworthy certificate.  For $200 you can get a pre-purchase inspection done on most vehicles which will give you peace of mind.  If you’ve purchased a vehicle and then taken it to a mechanic and believe it has issues that were covered under the roadworthy I’ve put a link to the legislation below to reference:


Click on that link and you can read what is or is not a fail or a pass.  A lot of mechanics aren’t licensed to do safety certificates and they aren’t up to speed with the legislation. They will give poor advice on what is or is not a pass for a safety certificate.

Make sure your armed with this information before you go and look at a vehicle, don’t learn this after the fact.

Why a Roadworthy Certificate is important when I am selling a car.

By Peter Hill

Roadworthy Certificate Importance

A current roadworthy certificate is one of the most important aspects to have in preparing to sell your car (or any other vehicle used on the road, including trailers, caravans and motorcycles).

roadworthy certificate

Also referred to as a safety certificate, this item is a legal requirement according to Queensland law and must be obtained and displayed in full view on the registered vehicle from the moment it is listed or offered for sale. This requirement applies regardless of whether the vehicle is advertised for sale online, in a public place, in print media, or even when a simple sign is placed in the car window implying that the vehicle may be for sale.

Put simply, a roadworthy certificate is issued by a Queensland government- approved inspector after a vehicle has passed a minimum safety standard inspection. Covered in this inspection are basic vehicle components that could affect its safe operation on the road, and includes

● Brakes
● Tyres
● Handbrake
● Steering
● Suspension
● Lights
● Windscreen
● Seatbelts
● Body damage or rust

The Safety Certificate is important as it offers the buyer not only peace of mind, but better protection in the knowledge that the vehicle is safe, hence the likelihood of accidents due to defects in the vehicle is greatly reduced.

It should be noted a roadworthy certificate is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection of the vehicle. It is also strongly recommended that a full mechanical inspection also be carried out prior to finalising a purchase.

The only time a vehicle does not require a safety certificate prior to sale is when it is exempt, as in the following circumstances:

● The disposer is in a remote and/or exempt area.
● The disposal is between spouses (even if they are separated).
● The vehicle is being transferred to the beneficiary of a deceased estate.
● The vehicle is unregistered and being traded to or between licensed auto dealers.

Display of the safety certificate must be in obvious and full view, for example, in the car windscreen or window.

These certificates are valid for two months or 2000km when the seller is not a licensed dealer. If the vehicle is transferred more than once, even within this period, a new certificate is required.

A roadworthy certificate is of utmost importance when selling a vehicle. Not only is it the law, (failure to have one carries a monetary fine), but it offers basic protection to the buyer and confirmation that the car is safe to drive on the road.

For a mobile roadworthy certificate done in the convenience of your own home or workplace,
call Auto King on 1300 09 29 49.

What you need to know about a mobile roadworthy certificate

By Peter Hill

Mobile Roadworthy certificate

What you need to know

In this article, we will look at the importance of a roadworthy certificate.  Safe operation of any vehicle is ofparamount importance. The basics for this include working, and adequate levels of safety of, brakes, tyres, steering, seat belts, windscreens, suspension, and lights, as well as limited oil leaks, and limited body rust or damage to the vehicle.

Service providers of mobile roadworthy certificates in Ipswich and Brisbane can come to your door to carry out inspections on your vehicle.

What is a roadworthy certificate?


A roadworthy certificate, or safety certificate, gives a buyer protection and the knowledge that the vehicle is safe to drive. Obtaining the certificate requires an inspection by a qualified professional and it often must be produced when selling a car.

Who needs a roadworthy certificate?


A roadworthy certificate is required by Queensland law by any person offering a registered light vehicle for sale. This includes cars, trailers, motorcycles, caravans and any other vehicle with a gross vehicle mass up to 4.5 tonnes. Advertising any registered light vehicle for sale in Queensland without a roadworthy certificate carries penalties (most commonly a fine). This includes ‘in-window’ advertising of the vehicle for sale.

The seller of an unregistered vehicle does not legally require a roadworthy certificate, though for peace of mind they may choose to get one.

Circumstances in which a safety certificate is not required include:


● If the vehicle is passed to the beneficiary of a deceased estate.
● When the vehicle is being transferred between spouses.
● In some remote locations.

Why is mobile better?


A mobile mechanic should be your first choice for carrying out inspections for a roadworthy certificate. Mobile operators offer convenience because they come straight to your door. Additionally, an unregistered vehicle can be inspected without the need to drive to an inspection station.

What should you ask your mechanic?


● Do you offer same-day service?
● What is the cost?
● What items are covered by the safety certificate?
● How long will the inspection take?
● Do you provide a written certificate?
● How long is the roadworthy certificate valid for?
● Do you inspect all types of vehicles?
● What if my vehicle does not pass inspection?

If you are intending to sell your used vehicle, call a registered mobile mechanic, like Auto King, to come to you for your safety certificate. Not only will you be complying with the law, you will save yourself time. Call us on 1300 092 949 for an inspection today.