Sunnybank Hills Car Care

MTAQ Approved Inspection Station

Sunnybank Hills Car Care is an MTAQ Approved Inspection Station. We have a mechanic on duty at all times during business hours who can perform vehicle Safety Certificates, which are required for registration and for the purchase or sale of a motor vehicle.  We are able to perform safety certificate inspections on all vehicles, excluding motor bikes.

What is a Safety Certificate?

The ‘roadworthy certificate’ in the state of Queensland was replaced by the ‘safety certificate’ in November 1999. A safety certificate is a certificate that offers a vehicle buyer with better protection. A safety certificate covers basic vehicle items that could affect its safe operation. These items include:

  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Windscreen
  • Body damage or rust
  • Lights

Why is a Safety Certificate necessary?

A safety certificate is awarded to a vehicle which has undergone a thorough safety inspection prior to its sale. This certificate ensures the buyer that the vehicle they wish to purchase is safe to drive. This also ensures that the number of unsafe vehicles on the roads will be less which reduces the likelihood of road accidents or crashes caused by unsafe vehicles.

Who should have a Safety Certificate?

It is important that all registered cars in the state have a safety certificate. If a vehicle is offered for sale without a safety certificate, a significant fine applies. It is a legal responsibility of the seller to show the buyer a safety certificate, as transfer of registration cannot take place without one. Therefore, it is important to check if the seller has a valid safety certificate before committing to any purchase. In case of an unregistered vehicle, the seller is not bound by legal requirements to provide a safety certificate. However, it is in the buyer’s best interest that a safety certificate be demanded.

What vehicles need to have a Safety Certificate?

In the state of Queensland, it is deemed as mandatory for light vehicles to obtain and show a safety certificate starting from the time a vehicle is offered for sale. Light vehicles include motorbikes, cars, trailers 0.75-3.5 tonnes, caravans, aggregate trailer mass and/or vehicles with a gross vehicle mass up to 4.5 tonnes. What vehicles do not need a Safety Certificate? Any unregistered vehicle put up for sale does not require a safety certificate when traded between or to licensed motor dealers. Parts of a vehicle can be sold but they have to be deregistered prior to a sale.

Who issues a Safety Certificate?

Only a Department of Transport and Main Roads approved inspection station can issue a safety certificate. These inspection states include auto workshops, garages and service stations. Only the department is authorized to conduct inspections and deem a workshop or garage as an approved inspection station.

What is the validity of a Safety Certificate?

The validity of a safety certificate is different for dealers and private sellers. For dealers, a safety certificate is valid for 1000 kilometres or three months (whichever comes first) for a vehicle from its issuance date. For private sellers, a safety certificate can only be used for one registration transfer or one new registration provided that it is within the limit of 2000 kilometres or two months (whichever comes first). It is important for private sellers to obtain a new safety certificate every time when a sale is to be made even if the current safety has not expired. A single safety certificate cannot be used for two transfers or new registrations.

What are the terms of use for a safety certificate?

A safety certificate must be used for one transfer only. This implies that if you are selling a used vehicle and have a safety certificate for it, the person who is going to buy this vehicle cannot use the same certificate when he/she is selling it further. In addition, no alterations are allowed in a safety certificate.

Where to display a Safety Certificate?

A safety certificate must be displayed in a common place so that it can be seen easily. For instance, it can be displayed on the window or windscreen of a car, front forks or guard of a motorbike or draw-bar of a trailer. In the event of failure to display a safety certificate from the time the vehicle if offered for sale, a fine of $500 will apply.

Where does the safety certificate rule apply?

A safety certificate is mandatory for selling used vehicles in almost all parts of Queensland. Some rural and remote areas are subject to exemption. You can contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads for more information.

About Brisbane Car Services

Are you selling, buying or transferring registration of your vehicle including car, motorbike, caravan, trailer or truck. Then you have come to the right place. We are a registered and approved inspection station for issuing a safety certificate. We offer inspections that other workstations are not approved for.

We offer safety certificates for:

  • Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Trailers
  • Utes
  • Caravans
  • Trucks

Brisbane Car Services makes it easier for you with same- day home service of safety certificates at competitive prices. It usually takes 50-60 minutes approximately to issue a safety certificate at the completion of a detailed inspection of your car.

If a vehicle fails the inspection, you have fifteen days to repair the problem. We can also help you out in this respect. We also offer you the best auto care services in the state. We have skilled technicians and mechanics that are capable of understanding your car’s needs. Our specialists provide you with maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years. We deal in all kinds of cars including BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Holden, Ford, Citroen, hummer, Lexus, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and other brands. We are also offering promotional $149 service special (conditions apply).