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.