Do you know? RWC vs Pre-purchase


We recommend our customers not to rely on just a Safety Certificate when buying a vehicle. This is only a basic check that the vehicle is roadworthy. However, this does not mean that the vehicle is mechanically correct. To know exactly what you are buying, we can assist you with a Pre-purchase Inspection on the vehicle. For high-quality in service, you can rely on our inspectors with over 30 years of experience.

Do you know? RWC vs Pre-purchase



Roadworthy Certificate (RWC) is officially called Safety Certificate in Queensland.

According to the Codes of Practice a safety check covers

  • wheels and tyres (damage, puncture, wear and tread depth across full width, etc.),
  • body rust and damage,
  • brakes and handbrake (condition of linings and associated attachments),
  • steering, suspension and drive-train (loose joints, leaks, etc.),
  • windscreen and windows,
  • lights,
  • dash warning lights,
  • seats and restraints,
  • modifications,
  • road test.

Please note: some of these are not applicable for motorbikes!


Pre-purchase VISUAL Inspection examines the vehicle's current state of condition, including

  • any visible rust, oil and coolant leaks,
  • any visibly deteriorating parts and components which may need to be attended in the near future.


Pre-purchase VISUAL and AUDIBLE Inspection covers in-depth checks for

  • engine,
  • transmission,
  • transaxle,
  • differential assemblies,
  • all aspects of safety, including
  1. seat belt condition and function,
  2. electronic stability systems (ABS functions if applicable),
  3. other safety items (brakes, suspension and steering),
  4. on-board electronics (for correct and proper function such as electric windows, mirrors, seats, heating and A/C, on-board sensors, warning lights, exterior and interior lighting, entertainment systems, etc.)

The report also includes a current PPSR (Personal Property Securities Register), which checks the vehicle against any stolen, write off and finance records. Email us for an example report at info@acemobilesafetycertificates.com.au.



What is a Safety Certificate (RWC) and when is it required?



You must obtain a Safety Certificate before offering a registered vehicle for sale or disposing of a registered vehicle, other than to a dealer. CLICK for MORE.