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Roadworthy Inspections

Ballarat Roadworthy Centre is your local Car, Truck and Bus Inspection Centre for Victorian Roadworthy Certificates.

Ballarat Roadworthy Centre is here when you require a roadworthy certificate on your Car, Truck, Bus or Motorhome. Our highly trained staff will make the whole process as efficient & clear as possible.

We are a VicRoads, NHVR heavy vehicle inspection & Bus Safety Victoria accredited inspection centre.  For all your Roadworthy Certificate requirements Ballarat Roadworthy Centre is here for you.

What is inspected?

A Certificate of Road worthiness (also known as a 'roadworthy' or 'RWC') shows that your vehicle is safe enough to be used on public roads. A roadworthy is required whenever a vehicle is sold, if it is being re-registered, and to clear some defect noticed. The roadworthy inspection is including checks on the following.

A roadworthy inspection covers safety related items, including:

  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering and suspension
  • Brakes
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Structural components of the vehicle
  • Windscreen, and windows
  • Emission & exhaust systems
  • Lights and reflectors
  • Other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine

What isn’t checked

The roadworthiness test isn’t a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of a vehicle. A Certificate of Roadworthiness does not mean that:

  • the vehicle is in top condition without any wear or deterioration
  • non-safety related accessories (such as the air conditioner, rear window demister and rear-window wipers) are working
  • the items checked during the roadworthy inspection will continue to function after the inspection, e.g. a brake light can stop functioning at any time after the inspection
  • the vehicle complies with all of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs)

How do I obtain a roadworthy Certificate?

To get a roadworthy certificate for your vehicle, simply make a booking, drop your car off and we will do the rest.

After completing the roadworthy inspection, we let you know if any repairs are required and can give an estimation of cost to rectify any faults, carry out the repairs required and return your vehicle complete with the roadworthy certificate.

Items like globes and wipers can usually by replaced on the spot. 

You can arrange for the repairs to be completed yourself and return the vehicle within 14 days for the date of the first inspection.

How much does the test cost?

The cost of obtaining a Certificate of Roadworthiness is not fixed. It depends on the type of the vehicle being examined click book now to view current prices

Second Opinion Roadworthy Inspection Defects

At Ballarat Roadworthy Centre, we pride ourselves on operating an open and transparent business, ever-aiming to enhance our services and offer unrivalled customer service. We recognise that there may be instances where you disagree with an item that has been marked as failed on your vehicle's roadworthy report.

Understanding that such situations can arise, we have in place a straightforward yet comprehensive review process to address any concerns:

  • Initiate the Review Process: Fill out our online Failed Items Review Request to begin the review process.
  • Second Opinion Inspection: Upon receiving your request, we will assign a different inspector, who wasn’t part of the initial assessment, to connect with you and meticulously reassess the disputed item.
  • Understanding the Outcome: If, after a thorough review, the item continues to be categorised as a fail, it will remain on the report. However, this detailed review process will provide you with deeper insights into the reasons behind the failure. Conversely, if the reassessment concludes that the item meets the standards, we will promptly update this one the vehicles second inspection ensuring the sign off is as efficient as possible.

Our commitment to transparency and fairness is unwavering, and our review process is designed to resolve any discrepancies or misunderstandings promptly and effectively. Ensuring the safety of all vehicles and their passengers is our utmost priority, and we are devoted to providing you with an accurate and transparent assessment of your vehicle’s roadworthiness.

Bus Roadworthy Inspections

Ballarat Roadworthy Centre can provide Roadworthy inspections on all buses, our workshop is set up for the purpose of bus roadworthys big and small, our technicians have a vast amount of bus industry experience and are up to date with current changes and requirements.

How to Buy a Used Car

This video 'Transferring registration - Buying a used car' explains the steps you need to follow to buy a registered vehicle.

Vic Roads Transfer Forms Available Here


What Our Clients Say

  • Car was in for a roadworthy test, car was looked after perfectly, staff were great to chat with and job was performed quickly, thanks:)


  • Great honest place for a road worthy or standard service 5 stars.


  • Excellent service with our recent RWC and repairs.


  • Mechanics here are amazing, I've had 2 cars roadworthied through them, didn't fix anything without prior approval and assisted in finding a cheaper price for an expensive fix


  • These guys stick to the rules for RWC which is commendable for this industry. Highly recommended for RWC. Always had good service.


  • Excellent communication, and the RWC was done on time. Highly recommended, and will use them again.


  • Superb Experience ! Loved the customer service, the roadworthy process and above all the trustworthiness of this place.

    If anyone is worried you don't know mechanics personally and that you are gonna get ripped off, worry no more, Ballarat Roadworthy Centre is the place for you.



  • I needed a roadworthy and they were super friendly and amazing , they were able to do it in a timely fashion , great communication by them and the girls at the front , 100 percent recommend , thanks so much


  • Got my RWC from these guys to register my new car, really lovely and communicative. very easy process.


  • Fantastic place to get your car roadworthy. Very helpful and informative on what needs to be done and as for servicing the mechanics really do an awesome job with quality parts and oil. Really reasonable pricing too. Plus the customer service is also fantastic! Thanks guys.