Let’s be honest – car roadworthiness isn’t something we usually think about until it’s time to sell our cars. According to some drivers, if their car can get them from A to B, it’s roadworthy – but the South African law says otherwise.
While car owners aren’t under obligation to get their cars tested until it’s time to sell, it’s always a good idea to be a responsible driver and be aware of any faults.
Although it may seem like a lot of effort in the moment, ensuring your car is roadworthy every year or two can help you save money down the line as you address issues when they come up, instead of leaving your car’s mechanics to degrade over time.
How to check if your car is roadworthy
While we’ll guide you through the steps of checking whether your car is roadworthy, if you’re selling your car or want an official certificate, you’ll need a Certificate of Roadworthiness, which can only be supplied by an accredited tester.
Depending on who you go to, the test can cost anywhere between R500 – R1,500 so make sure you shop around for the best price. Be warned though – if your car fails the inspection for any reason, you won’t receive a certificate and will have to correct the identified problem before re-doing the examination.
As you can imagine, this can become expensive if you fail even once, so it’s best to do a DIY home check first to ensure your car is in tip-top shape before taking in it for the official inspection.
A quick 10-minute check
Your car may not be looking its best due to simple wear and tear or damages you didn’t think were serious enough to fix. While this is normal and you may think your driving isn’t impeded, even small damages can cause you to fail the inspection.
Here are a few quick and easy checks anyone can do, even if you don’t know your suspension from your transmission:
A 20-minute check for the intermediate
If you have a bit more time and technical know-how, you can take a closer look inside, outside, and under your car to assess for any damages:
Best left to the professionals
While your car insurance isn’t checked in the roadworthy exam, it’s the first step to being a responsible driver and car-owner. Not only does it protect your car, it protects you from nasty financial surprises and the possibility of ending up car-less. Get your free online quote in under 3 minutes today!
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