Selling A Car In Victoria? Well, You Need A Roadworthy Certificate

What is a Roadworthy Certificate?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness (RWC) is a certificate that deems your vehicle to be safe and ready for transfer at point of sale. IT IS NOT HOWEVER, a be all and end all certificate of the vehicle’s condition as it does not cover service items and non-safety related items such as air conditioning or audio systems or other electronics equipped in the vehicle. This certificate is valid for 30 days after issue.

Who needs a RWC?

In Victoria a Roadworthy Certificate is required when a vehicle is being sold. The owner of the vehicle must provide a current roadworthiness certificate to the buyer, unless the buyer is a spouse or a motor vehicle trader. A vehicle can be sold without an RWC if it is currently not registered; however, if the used vehicle is to be re-registered, an RWC will be needed. In some cases a Roadworthy Certificate is also needed to clear a vehicle defect notice (should to police require one).

What is covered in an RWC?

The inspection is a check of the vehicle to ensure that the key components are in a fit condition for safe road use. It includes:

  • wheels and tyres
  • steering, suspensions and braking systems
  • seats and seatbelts
  • lights and reflectors
  • windscreen, and windows including front wipers and washers
  • vehicle structure
  • Other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine.

The roadworthiness test is not a check of a vehicle’s mechanical reliability or overall condition. If you would like a comprehensive report on the vehicle, please arrange with us at Exalt’d and we will be happy to also do a separate report (extra fees will be incurred for this service).

Who can do this inspection?

Any licenced Roadworthy tester can carry out a Roadworthy Certificate check. We at Exalt’d Automotive are licenced roadworthy testers and can do this vehicle inspection for you. Should you feel like carrying out this test with us, please call us and we’ll be happy to book a time in with you to carry out a RWC on your vehicle.