The answer depends on the state you are living in
Whether a roadworthy is required or not is usually one of the first considerations people need to make when selling their car via private sale. This check of the car’s safety is a standard process and will check that the car is fit to be on the road. As to whether you’ll need one or not, the answer is pretty simple, but it depends on what state you are in. Or if you already know you don’t have a roadworthy, Sell My Car will buy your car without the requirement to see a roadworthy. See below for a guide to roadworthy for each state.
“No matter what state you live in, Sell My Car will buy your car without needing a roadworthy.”
You’ll need a roadworthy certificate before you proceed with a sale. In Queensland this is called a safety certificate and it must be displayed on the vehicle from the moment it is listed for sale. We recommend displaying it on the windscreen.
A roadworthy certificate is required and it must not be more than 30 days old at time of sale. That means if you get one and your car takes longer than 30 days to sell it than you’ll need to obtain an updated version.
Australian Capital Territory
You will only need to obtain a roadworthy before selling your car if it is over six years old. The certificate remains valid for one month from the date it was obtained.
New South Wales
A buyer is entitled to view a roadworthy certificate (or pink slip) at time of sale. If they do, it must not be more than 42 days old.
You will only need to obtain a roadworthy before selling your car if it is over five years old and you are selling to an interstate buyer.
All other states
A roadworthy isn’t explicitly required before selling your car in other states and territoriesWestern Australia, South Australia or Tasmania, however it sometimes is required when registering a vehicle in your name. Depending on the nature of the car, there may be some instances when one is required. We think it’s best to check with your local road and transport board.
Dealer trade in or selling with a car buying service like Sell My Car will not require you to present a roadworthy certificate. This makes these options lucrative when looking to progress the sale quite quickly and with minimal hassle – particularly if a car requires a little bit of work to get it running back at its best. No matter what state you live in, Sell My Car will buy your car without needing a roadworthy. Get an online valuation from Sell My Car now..
You should always check in with the road authority in your state to confirm the requirements before moving forward with a sale.
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