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Do you need a Qld safety certificate?

The Safety Certificate offers buyers better protection and makes sure vehicles being offered for disposal or being re-registered are safe - reducing the number of defective vehicles on Qld roads.

Our Tingalpa car service is fully licensed by Queensland Transport to perform inspections and issue Safety Certificates. Call Athena Automatics now to book a Roadworthy Certificate inspection!

In Queensland you must obtain a roadworthy/safety certificate if you want to sell a vehicle. Before advertising your car, motorbike, trailer, or any light vehicle for sale you must show a Safety Certificate, or you could receive an on the spot fine. There are some exceptions from this such as:

  • Unregistered car being traded to or between licensed motor dealerships
  • Vehicle is being sold for parts, and has been de-registered before going on sale
  • Vehicle inherited from a deceased estate
  • Trading ownership between spouses, including separated couples
  • The disposer of car is living in an exempt area (remote locations)

When you are selling your vehicle in Queensland, a Safety Certificate needs to be displayed on a clearly visible part of the vehicle from the moment the car goes on sale - either via a newspaper ad, online listing or on the road with a "For Sale" sign. A significant On-the-spot fine applies for not displaying a Safety Certificate in a very obvious place (like front forks or guard for motorbike, windscreen or window for car and draw-bar for trailer).

Unless exempt, unregistered second hand and registered interstate vehicles must have a Safety Certificate as part of the Queensland pre-registration process. This includes:

  • Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 0.751-3.50 tonnes
  • Any other vehicles up to 4.50t gross vehicle mass (GVM).

All cars fitted with LPG require a Gas Certificate to be issued by a licensed gas fitter (in addition to the Safety Certificate). This involves an inspection to ensure the gas equipment is safe.

A Safety Certificate lasts for 2 months or 2000km if it is for private use, or 3 months 1000km if it is for a licensed dealership. The Safety Certificate is for only one transfer (sale or re-registration) and you will need to get a new one if you sell the vehicle. Even if you decide to sell the vehicle a week after you purchase it, and the Safety Certificate is still within valid dates, you will need to pass another safety inspection and receive a new safety certificate.

As directed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Safety Certificate checklist includes the inspection of the following aspects of your car:

  • Seats and Restraints
  • Lamps (lights) and electrical components
  • Windscreens and glazing
  • Body, chassis and frame
  • Tow couplings
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Brakes
  • Engine, driveline and emissions
  • Vehicle safety features
  • Passenger Transport
  • Modifications

Please note the information on this page is not a total list of exemptions or rules, for more information about Queensland safety certificates phone the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

The price of a Safety Certificate inspection is controlled by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. If you think you have been quoted more than you should be to get a Safety Certificate for your car, check with us at Athena Automatics for the correct price.

Note: a safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle or the engine.Before purchasing any used vehicle, we recommend that you contact Athena Automatics for a full mechanical inspection of the vehicle.

It is the seller's legal responsibility to provide the Safety Certificate and complete any roadworthiness related repairs required before the certificate can be issued. You should never be persuaded to get your own Safety Certificate as any necessary repairs will be at your cost.

If you want to maintain the safety of your vehicle, as well as safety certificates, we also offer a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report or a fully comprehensive 150 point vehicle inspection which is perfect for pre-purchase reports, end of warranty checks, or long road trip preparation. The Athena Automatics professional team are always happy to discuss your requirements with you - call us today.

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