Australian drivers are required to get their vehicles inspected to ensure they are roadworthy. During rego inspections, mechanics check several parts of the car to look for faults. Here are the most important parts of the inspection.
To pass a rego inspection, your vehicle must have tyres that are in good condition. Mechanics check the tyre tread and depth to ensure they meets regulations. If your tyres have bald spots, or if the tread has worn so far down that it is not deep enough to keep you safe in wet conditions, then you will have to replace them in order to pass the test.
Mechanics check not only the headlights, but also the tail lights and the interior lights and dash lights on the vehicle. Lights are very important to make your vehicle visible to others and give you all the information you need to drive safely. The good news is that replacing lights that do not work is usually a quick and inexpensive vehicle repair.
All vehicles must have seatbelts that are in good condition to be legally driven on the roads. Seatbelts keep the driver and passengers safe during an accident, preventing them from flying forward through the windscreen. Seatbelts can save your life, so it is important that they work properly and are not overly worn or frayed.
The engine is the heart of any vehicle. If it is showing signs of damage, such as if it is making a strange noise or not performing as it should, then the vehicle is at risk of suddenly breaking down, which can be very dangerous if it happens on a busy stretch of road. Mechanics can diagnose problems with the engine and let you know what work needs to be done to make the car roadworthy enough to pass the rego inspection.
There are strict regulations about the composition of exhaust gases that are released from a vehicle. If your car breaks these regulations, perhaps due to a fault with the catalytic converter, then it will fail its rego inspection. Pay attention to the way your car sounds and smells: a rattling exhaust or exhaust that smells worse than usual can be signs that your car needs some work before it is likely to pass a rego inspection.
In an emergency, it is essential that you can stop your car quickly. Mechanics test brakes as part of a rego inspection. If your brake pads are worn, you will need to get them replaced so that your car meets all minimum braking standards.