New Arrival? How to Make Sure That You Conform With Vehicle Ownership Rules

Have you always been fascinated by the land down under? You may dream of white, sandy beaches, vibrant cities, the great outdoors and the enviable climate. You may be attracted by the fact that the English language is primary and that the way of life seems to be very familiar with an identifiable culture. However, if you are thinking about emigration, there is a lot more to it and you have to get used to the idiosyncrasies of life in Australia. In particular, you need to understand how vehicle and driver licensing works so that you can pick up that all-important mode of transportation without falling foul of any regulators. What do you need to know about certification, in particular?

Fit for Purpose

While the Australian government may lay down some centralised rules, individual states and territories may have their own say in the matter and you will need to conform with their regulations relating to vehicle condition. Typically, this means that you need to pick up a roadworthy certificate with any vehicle that you intend to own or drive, at the same time as you register it in your name.

Following the Process

Sometimes, a vehicle may be offered for sale without such a certificate, as this paperwork does need to be renewed periodically. In this case, you may go ahead with the purchase but will need to get the certificate soon. To do so, you need to take the car or truck into a licensed facility so that they can confirm your thoughts and issue you the all-important documentation.

Areas for Inspection

The primary goal of this paperwork is to ensure that every vehicle on the road is free from the most serious defects and that it has not been altered by any previous owner to make it technically unfit. To carry out this time of inspection, each technician uses specialised equipment and follows a variety of tests that are indicated in the regulations. In most cases, you may expect to come away with a clean bill of health, but if the inspector denies the vehicle, then you will have a week to make roadworthy repairs before a retest.

Are You Sure of Your Ground?

It's important to bear in mind that it's perfectly legal to buy a vehicle without a certificate of roadworthiness, but you won't be able to formalise legal ownership until you receive one. Therefore, if you do look at a car or truck in this situation it may be a good idea for you to get it professionally inspected before you sign on the bottom line. This will ensure that your roadworthiness inspection will go ahead without any issues in due course. 

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Secret Admirer - Confessions About An Auto Obsession

G'day. Prior to meeting my wife, I had very little interest in autos. I wanted a reliable car that got me from A to B and nothing more. My wife runs her own business which involves putting a special coating on vehicles to prevent scratches. Over time, after seeing the high-end autos in her workshop, I started to understand why people become obsessed! Some of the massive shiny trucks that she works on can literally take my breath away. There are always motor magazines and brochures lying around the house that I can't resist reading. My wife doesn't know how much I like autos now. She always tells friends that I have no interest and I am too embarrassed to admit otherwise. Rather than come out of the closet, so to speak, I have created this blog to celebrate the world of autos. I hope you enjoy my humble jottings.




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