Why It's Important to Know What's Involved in a Rego Test

In order to operate a car on Australian roads, you will inevitably need to get it checked by a government-appointed inspector. While this is not mandatory in every single case, it is generally accepted that if you want to drive a vehicle that is of a certain age, you will first need to ensure that it is safe. There are specific rules governing roadworthiness certificates that vary among states and territories, but in order to be sure and to make the process as simple as possible, you need to be fully aware of your position. What do you need to know?

Purpose of the Test

If you've just bought a car that is several years old and that did not come with a certificate, then you will need to get it checked before you can legally use it. This type of test can only be done at a facility that is licensed for the purpose by the local government. There are strict rules that determine whether the vehicle will pass or fail.

Some people are blasé about this approach and do not take time to check the vehicle over before they present it. They may not know that, should the vehicle fail, they will only be given seven days to rectify the issue and if not, they will have to reapply for a full test again.

Areas in Question

During a roadworthy inspection, the tester will look at the steering, braking and suspension systems, together with the wheels and tyres. They will have a look at all safety equipment, starting with lights, reflectors and other electrical components and then moving inside to look at the seats and seat belts. They will want to be sure that the vehicle is structurally sound and that nobody has conducted any modifications that may compromise its efficiency.

Understanding the Limits

Note that the inspector will not look at any non-safety-related accessories or certify that the vehicle is mechanically reliable or otherwise in good condition. Consequently, a certificate of roadworthiness does not mean that a vehicle is fully fit for purpose and should not be considered as any form of guarantee when a vehicle is bought or sold.


You should always make sure that the vehicle will pass inspection before you take it along to the testing facility. If you have any questions, talk with the inspecting facility ahead of time so that you do not waste your time and incur unwanted or additional testing fees.

For more information on rego inspections, contact an auto shop.