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Why Do I Need A Truck Roadworthy Certificate?
24 April 2013 | in Truck Roadworthy Certificate
Matt Walsh

The main reason that you will be in need of a truck roadworthy certificate is if you are planning on selling your vehicle. It ensures that the truck is perfectly safe for you to drive and for other cars around you on the road. Whilst it is possible to sell a vehicle without one of these certificates, you will find that most buyers will be looking for ones that have a roadworthy.

The mechanic responsible for providing you with the certificate will look at a number of areas within the truck that lead to its safe operation, including the tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, windscreen, light, body rust and other sorts of damage. If all of these things are in order the roadworthy will be awarded; if they aren’t, repairs will need to be made first.

Sometimes, the mechanic doing the roadworthy certificate is unable to do these repairs for you. In these cases, they will provide you with a detailed list of everything that needs to be fixed and you will be given 14 days to find someone who can do the repairs. Within this time, you will also need to bring the truck back for a re-inspection to ensure that it has been done.

But how long does it take to get one of these certificates for your truck? You should allow between 40 and 50 minutes for the examination to be completed; it will include a thorough look over of the vehicle and a written report. Generally, you are dealing with professionals who know exactly what they’re looking for, so the process can run much smoother and quicker.

If you are selling your truck privately the certificate will only be valid for 2 months or 2,000km (whichever occurs first), whilst ones garnered by a dealer are valid for 3 months or 1,000km (whichever occurs first). Because of this, it is often recommended that you get the roadworthy done after the vehicle has sold, as it will ensure that it doesn’t run out.

It is of the utmost importance that you seek a truck roadworthy certificate for your vehicle if you are planning on selling it. Not only will this better your chance at making the sale (and getting a good price), it will give you the peace of mind that your truck is perfectly safe for use. Just keep in mind that, in some states, it may be known as a ‘safety certificate’ instead.