If you are looking to resell your vehicle, you have to ensure that it passes a roadworthy test. However, not many people know what goes into getting a car roadworthy certificate. It does not simply entail ensuring that it looks the part, as there are a variety of components that are inspected. Keep in mind that only an authorised inspection facility can authorise your vehicle to be road worthy. Here are some of the requirements that you would need before receiving a car roadworthy certificate.
Requirements for the wheel and tyres of your vehicle
- The components making your wheels, including the tyres and the rims, should not have any cracks or conspicuous signs of damage that could otherwise compromise the functionality of the wheels.
- The rims of wheels should not be buckled, have dents or appear imbalanced.
- Your vehicle should not have a temporary spare tyre affixed as a road wheel during the inspection.
- If your wheels have spokes, they should all be intact. In addition to this, wheel spokes should have the right tension and appear fitted straight.
- When the vehicle is parked facing forward, the wheels should not be projecting past the mudguards of the vehicle. In addition, the wheels should not be coming into contact with any component of the vehicle when being steered.
- The tread wear indicators on the tyres should not be visible. If the tyres do not have tread wear indicators, then the tread depth should at least be 1.5 mm to facilitate normal contact between the surface of the tyre and the road.
- Any tyres that have been re-treaded should be clearly marked with the re-treader's identification.
Requirements for the suspension and steering system of your vehicle
- When driving the vehicle, it should neither pull from side to side nor wander off the road.
- All the components that make up the steering system should not have any visible damage or show signs of excessive wear and tear. Additionally, they should be mounted correctly and secured in place.
- Any fittings relating to the power steering should not exhibit signs of oil leakage.
- The clearance between the components making up the suspension and the body of the vehicle should be adequate.
- The vehicle's shock absorbers should be mounted securely and not exhibit any signs of fluid leaks.
- All wheel bearings, pivots, dust seals, grease seals and mounts should not exhibit signs of wear and tear and should be in working condition.
For more information about the requirements for a car roadworthy certificate, contact a local auto shop.