What is a Vehicle Inspection?
Quite simply it is when a qualified mechanic visually checks over your whole vehicle with particular attention to its safety and roadworthiness, identifying any areas that may be unsafe or due for replacement, and gives you a written outcome – either a certificate or a report. Repco Car service centres will, upon request, provide a free 62 point safety check with every car service, we also offer a comprehensive 150 point vehicle condition report and many of our centres are authorised to provide approved roadworthy checks that meet state registration regulations.
Why do I need to get a Vehicle Inspection?
There are two reasons people get vehicle inspections - One is because it is compulsory or required by law and the other is voluntary inspections for peace of mind, safety or even to check the car before the warranty expires.
Statutory Vehicle Inspections and State Law
Statutory Vehicle Inspection rules in Australia are different in every state and have many different names. Roadworthy, RWC’s, safety certificates, E-safety checks, pink slips, blue slips and any other name we use for Vehicle inspections in Australia all serve the same purpose – to ensure the safety of everyone by maintaining a minimum level of roadworthiness for every car on the road.
Find a quick guide to each State’s vehicle inspection laws:
Why get a voluntary vehicle Inspection?
Statutory and roadworthy inspections do not necessarily clear a vehicle of some faults or repairs that may be needed in the near future, just because a vehicle is sold with a roadworthy certificate does not mean it is top condition. In general, safety inspections do not cover the overall condition of the vehicle or check components such as air conditioning or engine reliability. For that reason, voluntary comprehensive vehicle checks are recommended for many reasons including:
1. Safety and peace of mind.
Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle is dangerous. It is not only dangerous for the people in the car, but for everyone else on the road as well. If you want to make sure your car is safe for you and your family then get a safety inspection done by a qualified mechanic. At a Repco Authorised Service Centre we care about your safety and offer a free 62 point safety check upon request with every full car service – this report tells you in writing if your car is safe to drive and any work that may be needed to maintain that safety – giving you peace of mind about when you’re on the road.
2. Inspection before Buying or Selling a car - Pre purchase inspections.
If you're about to buy a used vehicle - the best way to make sure you’re not buying a lemon is to have a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection. This provides expert opinion on the current state of the vehicle before you go and spend your hard earned cash on it, and will give you the heads up on any repairs that are needed, soon to be needed or are well overdue.
Getting a pre-purchase inspection done when you are trying to sell a car means you can give the buyer honest confidence that the vehicle you are trying to sell them is in great condition without them having to get their own report (and without the time it takes for this to happen!) having a full comprehensive vehicle report will make the process of selling your car easier, faster and may even raise the value of your car.
3. Warranty Inspection
Some people choose to have their car inspected by an independent mechanic just before their new car warranty expires. Knowing what components of your car could be on their way out in the next few months allows you to have the manufacturer replace them while it is still under warranty – saving you money when the warranty has expired.
4. Long Road Trip
No-one wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a car repair that could have been prevented. Having a full comprehensive vehicle inspection before you take a long road trip ensures you’re well aware of anything that needs to be replaced or repaired before you go. Extended miles puts extended stress on your vehicle, and different road conditions require different styles of driving and vehicle preparation. Before heading out on a long trip talk to your mechanic about where you plan on driving and get some expert tips.
Every repco authorised Service centre is equipped to carry out a full 150 point comprehensive vehicle check which covers all areas of the vehicle from top to towbar!