In Queensland a safety certificate is needed when:
- a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or
- transferring registration to a new owner, or
- when transferring to Queensland registration from another state or territory, or
- when re-registering an unregistered vehicle.
Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:
- trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) between 750kg and 3,500kg
- any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).
This inspection covers the basic vehicle safety standards for many components including:
- body rust or damage
The Vehicle Inspection Guidelines explain how a safety certificate inspection is performed and the reasons a vehicle may fail an inspection.
A safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection on the quality, or life expectancy of a vehicle. If you are buying a used vehicle, you should contact a motoring group such as RACQ for a full mechanical inspection.
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