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Do you need a Roadworthy Certificate?

Temby Auto Service is a VicRoads licensed roadworthy tester for passenger vehicles, 4 wheel drives, motorcycles and LPG vehicles - call us today!

In Victoria, getting a certificate of roadworthiness is mandatory before you can sell a vehicle. If you are selling a vehicle, you must provide a current roadworthy certificate to the buyer, unless the buyer is your spouse or a licensed motor vehicle trader. Sometimes a roadworthiness certificate is also needed to clear a vehicle defect notice.

You can buy or sell a vehicle without a roadworthy certificate, provided it is un-registered. However, before that vehicle can be re-registered the buyer will then need an RWC and this could impact the willingness of the potential buyer to proceed with the purchase. If you are the buyer in this situation you should be aware of the requirement and factor it in to your negotiations with the seller.

How do I get a roadworthy certificate in Victoria?

The vehicle must first pass a roadworthy inspection test before a certificate can be issued. Only licensed vehicle testers can issue RWC's. Temby Auto Service is a licensed vehicle testing station and a Vic Roads licensed roadworthy tester for passenger vehicles, 4 wheel drives and small trucks.

A roadworthy inspection covers the basic safety related items, including:

  • Wheels and tyres
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Exhaust and Emission controls
  • Steering, suspension and braking systems
  • Lamps and reflectors
  • Windscreen, and windows including front windscreen wipers and washers
  • The structure of the vehicle itself
  • Safety related items on the body, chassis or engine

In Melbourne and the rest of Victoria a roadworthy certificate will be valid for 30 days from its issue. It's important to note a roadworthiness inspection test is not a check of the overall reliability or condition of a vehicle. If you require a thorough check on the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle, then contact us at to ask about a fully comprehensive 150 point vehicle inspection.

For more information about roadworthiness certificates in Melbourne, Vic visit VicRoads or contact Temby Auto Service and ask about RWC for your vehicle.

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