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How to Prepare your vehicle for sale

12 Apr 2017 | by Lisa Cockerill
Cleaning When approaching the start of the advertising part of selling your vehicle take a moment to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Things...

What you don’t know about Safety Certificates

25 Oct 2016 | by Lisa Cockerill
Safety Certificates issued in Queensland are only a basic check that the vehicle meets a minimum safety standard set by Queensland Transport and Main Roads. So what does this...

(ICO) Inspection Certificates Online

9 Mar 2016 | by Lisa Cockerill
Queensland Transport and Main Roads are in the process of releasing a new online system mid 2016 that is going to take Queensland motorist’s steps ahead when transferring and newly...

Sharing the road with Cyclists

2 Mar 2016 | by Lisa Cockerill
Sharing the road with cyclists 2016 is seeing a change in New South Wales road rules in relation to cyclists. From March 1st 2016 all cyclists over the age of 18 will be required to...

Safe travelling over the Christmas holidays

23 Dec 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Christmas holidays have snuck up early on us this year. It seems to come around quicker each and every year. Many families are packing up the car, caravan and campers and hitting the...

How to complete a Vehicle Registration Transfer Application

26 Oct 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
A Vehicle Registration Transfer Application form QF3520 is required when a Queensland registered vehicle is being transferred from one name to another. The forms required for...

How to complete a New Registration Application Form

21 Oct 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Transferring ownership of vehicles and newly registering vehicles in Queensland requires a lot of paperwork. From invoices through to transfer and registration papers with the Transport...

Stop Texting while driving

19 Oct 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
It is one of those things that many road users are guilty of at some stage or another. Whether it be picking up the phone to answer a call to pull over while still on the road or...

New Rules for Motorcycles

8 Sep 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Motorbikes - Changes to the Queensland Road Rules Driving down the M1 Motorway you will notice large billboards showing that there are changes that have been put in place in relation to the...

How To Import Vehicles into Australia P1

5 Jun 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Vehicles are imported into Australia under different circumstances and for that reason the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads have a range of Options for...

Buying Hail & Flood damaged Vehicles

28 May 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Buying hail and flood damaged vehicles Brisbane has its fair share of wild weather. From blistering heat through to tropical storms, Brisbane residents have battled through it all. ...

How to restore your headlights

24 Mar 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Over time headlights lenses can become dull and discoloured. This affects the ability for light to beam through and becomes a major safety issue when driving at night. It not only...

Heavy vehicles & (COI) Certificate of inspection

3 Feb 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
A Certificate of Inspection is required for Heavy Vehicles when renewing, transferring or newly registering the vehicle. A Heavy Vehicle by the standard set by the Queensland Department of...

Vehicle Pre Purchase Inspections

5 Jan 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
Buying a second hand vehicle can be a daunting task. Using the Internet has made it easier to access a lot more of the market to find the perfect vehicle to buy. Although with...

How to buy vehicles from Auctions and wovi inspections

2 Jan 2015 | by Lisa Cockerill
With Queensland summer’s comes tropical storms. The auction houses will start to overflow with hail and storm damaged repairable write offs. Cheaply priced vehicles with paint and...

What you need to know about Statutory Warranties

16 Dec 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Statutory Warranty Buying a second hand vehicle can be tiring and stressful as well as exciting all at the same time. There are many decisions that need to be made from what car to buy and...

What to do when your vehicle registration runs out?

3 Dec 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
With the removal of registration labels being displayed on vehicles in the state of Queensland, there is a higher risk of Queensland drivers driving unregistered vehicles without even...

Regular vehicle servicing

31 Oct 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
The Importance of Regular Servicing A perfect example of why servicing your vehicle is so important is the picture shown below. This engine was taken from a 2007...

Buying your first car

20 Oct 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Your First Car Ask any driver and they can tell you exactly the Year, Make, Model and Colour of their first car quite often with pride even if the vehicle was considered to be a bomb of a...

Conditional Registration Explained

9 Sep 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
What is Conditional Registration? Queensland Laws state that all vehicles must have compulsory third party insurance to be driven on Queensland Roads. Usually this is apart of your...

Personalised Number Plates

12 Aug 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Personalised Plates Having personalised plates can make a vehicle be unique to a car owner and add that bit of individuality separating your vehicle from the rest. ...

What to do in the event of an accident

27 May 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
On Australia’s roads from 1st January 2014 to 30th April 2014 there were 376 people who lost their lives on the roads. Road Safety is paramount to all road users. Keeping your...

Weekly Vehicle Maintenance Check off list

9 May 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Have you ever pulled into the service station and while fuelling up the tank of the vehicle try and remember the last time you checked the air in the tyres or anything under the hood of...

Easter Travelling Tips

14 Apr 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
It is an Australian Tradition to travel on the Easter Holidays. Camping and fishing trips with the family and as the highways become busier every motorist is taking extra precautions when...

Right Car – Wrong Fuel

3 Apr 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you approach the counter at a Service Station and ask to pay for the diesel fuel only to find out that the fuel you put into the vehicle was...

Installing Sound Systems and Speakers Legally

24 Mar 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Every motoring enthusiast enjoys getting in their vehicle, taking a long drive and turning up the stereo to enjoy the latest tunes or a classic favourite. It brings out the karaoke...

Top Tips for Trailer safety certificates

11 Mar 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
All trailers have an ATM or Aggregate Trailer Mass. The ATM is measured from the weight of a trailer loaded to its full capacity recommended by the manufacturer without being coupling to...

How to fit child seats

10 Mar 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Child Restraints From the first ride home from the hospital through to the day that they have their own driver’s license, parents are always going to have high concerns about...

Ladies Vehicle safety & maintenance night

17 Feb 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
M1 Safety Certificates Ladies Night February 2014 As everyone does at the end of a year we take the time to look back over the year gone past, see what we have learnt and where...

Top Ten illegal vehicle modifications

28 Jan 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Everyone likes to make their vehicle their own when purchasing a new or second hand vehicle. Whether it is a set of fluffy dice, cow print seat covers or My Family Stickers on the back...

Female Friendly Vehicle Servicing

20 Jan 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
Female Friendly Vehicle Servicing Many of us have seen the media reports on the news programs about young women who are taken advantage of in the Automotive Industry. The sad fact...

Rear Safety Cameras

16 Jan 2014 | by Lisa Cockerill
One of the best advancements in the automotive industry in relation to vehicle safety features is the Rear Safety Camera. There have been too many accidents resulting in...

New car warranty myth | M1 Safety Certificates

29 Dec 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Buying a brand new car is exciting and an experience that you won’t forget. The salesperson will go through all of the features of the car, accessories and most...

Mazda RX-8 Engine rebuild Specials

24 Dec 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
M1 Safety Certificates Gold Coast is the regions preferred and trusted work shop for Mazda RX-7 & RX-8's. From fault diagnostics, logbook servicing and maintenance to full engine...

What to look for when buying a vehicle

16 Dec 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Shopping for a new vehicle is not only confusing with all the variety on the market but the language spoken by the...

Programs for Learner drivers In Queensland

11 Dec 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
In 2012 there were 279 fatalities on Queensland roads. In 2013 we are seeing the numbers of road fatalities grow throughout the year on the news and always comparing it to the year before. As we...

Five tips when looking for a first car for a learner driver

26 Nov 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
It is a nerve-racking experience for any parent when their son or daughter has reached the age of being able to get their...

How to determine if a vehicle has been in an accident

22 Nov 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Buying a second hand vehicle is an exciting process. Even though the vehicle isn’t brand new from the showroom floor, it is still new to you. Starting out on the...

What to do when issued with a Defect Notice on your vehicle?

16 Nov 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
With the new hoon laws being enforced across Queensland we felt that this article would be appropriate to inform the general public about defective vehicles and what they need to do if they are...

New Anti Hoon Laws in Queensland

14 Nov 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Australia's toughest anti-hooning laws have now been passed in Queensland. We thought we would give you a quick break down of how the new law will work. How to lose your car. ...

How to keep your tyres roadworthy longer

11 Nov 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
One of the most common failures for a Safety Certificate is Tyres. We all know how important they are but we forget to maintain them until it is too late. Tyres wear differently...

Safety Tip - Brakes

5 Sep 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Brake Tip-A change in the feel of the brake pedal is a good indication there's a brake problem. If the pedal starts to feel soft (or worse, contacts the floor) do...

Inspected Vehicles

20 Jul 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
This page is small sample of vehicles that M1 Safety Certificates have inspected, carried servicing or repairs. ...

Test driving your vehicle

1 Jun 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
One of the questions that we are asked far to often is do you really need to test drive my vehicle? The answer is YES. A road test is normal part of any Safety Certificate Inspection...

Roadworthy Windscreens

9 Apr 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
What makes a windscreen unroadworthy Windscreen damage or defects may impair a driver’s forward vision, create a potential safety hazard and affect road safety. However...

Backpacker Vehicle Buyers Beware

12 Mar 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
In 2013 Australia has seen a significant increase in the backpacking tourism industry due partly to economical issues plaguing Europe as well as other continents across the globe. It...

Mechanic/Examiners Job Available

6 Mar 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
M1 Safety Certificates is an industry leader in vehicle safety and inspection. We pride ourselves with providing a high quality, friendly service at a location convenient to our customers either...

Towing

4 Mar 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
Towing a trailer or caravan Towing a trailer or caravan requires extra concentration and skill. You should gain experience before trying to tow at high speed or in confined spaces. ...

Driving in Bad weather

2 Mar 2013 | by Lisa Cockerill
With all the bad weather we have been having in Queensland lately, aquaplaning or the risk of being involved in a accident increases dramatically. Aquaplaning is where there is a build-up of...

Car Buyers' and sellers' checklists

10 Dec 2012 | by Lisa Cockerill
Buyer's Checklist Check that: - The current registration certificate is in the seller's name – although this is not proof of ownership - Whoever fills in the Transfer...

Top 7 Innovations in Auto Safety

27 Oct 2012 | by Lisa Cockerill
Have you heard about the talking car? No joke! The U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan are currently working on a vehicle-to-vehicle...

Safety Tip-Tyre Inflation

25 Sep 2012 | by Lisa Cockerill
All tyre pressures (including the spare) should be checked weekly, when the tyres are cold. Refer to the tyre placard attached to your vehicle for recommended pressures. This is...

Safety Tip - Steering components

21 Aug 2012 | by Lisa Cockerill
Worn steering components can contribute to unstable braking, poor control while turning and loss of control at high speeds. Malfunctioning of shock absorbers can...

Safety Tip-Seat belts

15 Aug 2012 | by Lisa Cockerill
Seat belts, properly fitted and in good condition, save lives and minimise the risk of injury. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that all passengers are restrained by a...

Smart car buyers guide

9 Feb 2011 | by Lisa Cockerill
Contents Buying a used car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Find out what your...

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