Fareed's Auto Service Blog: Tips, Advice and More

Hello and welcome! My name is Fareed, and this blog is about car repair. I plan to write about smash repair, body work, painting and other aspects of the industry. I also hope to include a few posts that will help you assess whether or not something is wrong with your car. I have worked on my own car for years, and recently, I've been embraced as the neighbourhood mechanic -- all my friends come to me for help. I'm not a professional mechanic, but I feel confident sharing this info with you as I've been working on cars for years. I am happy you found my blog and hope that you enjoy reading!

What Gets Checked During a Roadworthy Inspection?


Owning a car is not merely about having a vehicle to take you from one point to another. As a motorist, you are also responsible for ensuring that you are keeping yourself, your passengers and other road users safe each time you are on the road. Thus, on top of ensuring that you drive safely all the time, you should also make sure that your car is in optimum condition. So does this mean that you are free of these responsibilities when you choose to sell your vehicle?

The answer is no. Before advertising your car, you need to take it for a roadworthy inspection so that you can get a certificate that proves the various systems and components of your car are in working order. Understandably, if you have never sought this inspection before. To give you an idea of what to expect, this article outlines a few things that are checked when your car undergoes roadworthy inspections.

1. The windshield

Your car's windshield has three important tasks. To begin with, it is supposed to give the driver an unobstructed view of the road, other motorists and pedestrians. Secondly, the windshield works to keep out debris and flying insects from getting into your car and distracting you while driving. Thirdly, it works to keep you and any passengers in the vehicle safe in case of an accident, as it is designed to be shatter-resistant.

With that said, one of the foremost inspections that will be done to determine if your vehicle is roadworthy or not is checking the condition of the windshield. Cracks, for instance, will jeopardise the integrity of the windshield while impeding your view, irrespective of their size, so this can make your car fail a roadworthy inspection. Additionally, bumps and chips will also compromise the soundness of your windshield so it is best to have these damages repaired before you seek a roadworthy certificate. 

2. The tyres

Your car's tyres do not merely facilitate the movement of your vehicle. Considering that they are the only contact that you have with the road, they need to be in top-notch condition if you are to transfer ownership of your car to someone else. Hence, one of the things that will be checked during a roadworthy inspection is the tread.

The more threadbare your tyres are, the less traction your car will have with the road and this greatly increases the likelihood of skidding and causing an accident. This is especially true during the rainy season. Thus, if you notice that your tyres look bald, you must have them replaced before you go for a roadworthy inspection.


15 July 2021