It is not uncommon to see used cars being sold or exchanged for new cars. Wondered what happens to these old used cars once they have been sold? Well the long story short, they are resold at a different market (also called the used car market) and now a new owner finds his new car. Cars at this market, no-doubt has a list of requirements to be in place before they are sold off to a new buyer. This would involve handing over the owner’s manual, maintenance schedule, certificate of registration and a roadworthy certificate.
In this article, we will focus on learning what a roadworthy certificate for a car encompasses and the need for such a certificate. A roadworthy certificate basically helps a buyer identify if the car is safe to drive, especially after its changed hands. The basis reason springs from safety concerns. If there is a proper method to inspect and check small aspects of safety features, this can avoid accidents from occurring in the immediate future or in the long term.
What is Roadworthy Certificate?
After the test conducted by a licensed professional to calibrate various components of the automobile to check if it is in good working conditions, one can receive the roadworthy certificate. It assures that the car can provide or offer a drive to its passengers complying with all safety measures of the state in which it may be registered. Post conducting all such validations and test the professional will issue a roadworthy certificate which is the symbol and assurance of safety to its owner.
Inspection of The Car
There are various check and balances for the completion of the roadworthy certificate. This includes, checking of all four wheels of the car, checking the front and rear suspensions, the transmission, and the gearbox unit is tested, the steering wheel and the reaction time is tested, and then finally the windows, the chassis and the exterior framework of the car are put through an inspection. Once the checks and validations are completed, it may be that a pass or a fail for the safety of the car is certified.
How Long is This Certificate Current or Valid?
The standard time for a car to be considered as cleared from the roadworthy certificate is about 30 days, this may vary at times. The period is only an assumption that the vehicle after it has been cleared as safe to be sold is essentially not used till it has exchanged hands with the new buyer. There is no guarantee that post the certification the car it will continue to remain roadworthy and till what period.
How Much Would a Roadworthy Certificate Cost?
Generally, the cost for such a test may vary depending on the age of the car. The type and model of the car may also have a bearing on the cost of the roadworthy certificate. It may be advantageous for you to inquire or request a quote for your vehicle online before you head out to the center for certification.
What if Your Car does not Clear the Roadworthy Test?
This may happen on various grounds and although it is not very common for a relatively used car to fail a roadworthy test, you can work with your vehicle to get it cleared. You will receive a report on the car inspection and this should give you an idea of what needs to be replaced or repaired to get the car ready for another inspection. There is generally a 7-day period which is allotted to get the parts rechecked and then the car can be cleared if found ok as per the set rules. If the time has lapsed, then the full inspection would be required to be performed all over again post implementing the corrections.