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What you don’t know about Safety Certificates

If you have ever had a vehicle inspected for a Queensland Safety Certificate you may be familiar with the procedure. 

However, you might be surprised to learn that even if a vehicle is deemed roadworthy it does not mean it is mechanically sound. This make seem like a contradiction but a Safety Certificate is a basic check of the vehicle. You cannot just rely on a Safety Certificate when buying a vehicle. 

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Top 5 items not included in a Safety Certificate Check.

 

  • Only 50% of the windows are required to work in the vehicle although in the 50% of working windows the driver’s window must be included.
 
  • Spare wheel can be missing entirely or completely bald as it is not included in a Safety Certificate Inspection.
 
  • Oil leaks are a defect only if they are dripping onto the road surface or onto the exhaust. If the leaks are not doing either of these things then the examiner must pass it.
 
  • Minimum brake pads thicknesses are required but this doesn’t mean that the brake pads are brand new. Your mechanic may recommend to replace them sooner than you expect. Pre-Purchase Inspections can give you an indicator to the amount of brake pad on each wheel.
 
  • Service history is not checked. The vehicle may have missed services and require oil filters, air filters, cabin filter, fuel filters, engine oil change, brake fluid flushes etc. None of these things are covered on a Safety Certificate check. Depending on the vehicle that you are purchasing as to the cost of these items.
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