Why should I service my car?
It’s very important that your vehicle is serviced at regular intervals. Not only is it dangerous to drive a car that has not been checked to be mechanically sound – a car left un-serviced can lead to more damage. Regular car servicing and maintenance can prevent unnecessary wear and tear, keep it running in optimal condition and out of the car graveyard.
Dealer vs non dealer?
The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 prevents the practice of exclusive dealing by attaching conditions to the sale of goods that restrict the buyers freedom of choice to deal with whom or in what they choose. Essentially this means that a vehicle manufacturer cannot specify that you must have your car serviced by a particular dealer or group of dealers as part of the warranty conditions.
Nor can a manufacturer void a warranty simply because a vehicle owner has chosen to have a vehicle serviced outside the dealer network
Clearly dealers have big overheads and their hourly rates reflect this. We do our homework and always make sure that we stay competitive with all quoting.
Do you have Loan Cars?
Yes we do! We have a number of loan cars available and even a Vito Van to help keep businesses on the move, all free of charge.. Just ask when you book for a loan car as they are very popular!
Who issues certificates?
A certificate of roadworthiness can only be issued when a vehicle is passed by a licensed vehicle tester, operating from a nominated workshop. A certificate is only issued when a vehicle passes the inspection.
How long does a certificate remain current?
A current certificate of roadworthiness, required for the purpose of registering or transferring a vehicle, is one that has been issued not more than 30 days prior to any application for the registration or transfer.
Cost of Certificate?
The cost of obtaining a certificate is normally $135 but does depend on the age, type and condition of the vehicle.
If the vehicle fails the test?
If an item fails to meet the requirements, the tester will ring and quote you a price to repair the fault. You will be given 7 days to repair or replace the rejected item/s and have them inspected again. We do charge a reinspection fee if repair has been elsewhere.
If more than 7 days elapse a full inspection is then required.
What does the certificate of roadworthiness inspection cover?
The inspection is a check of the vehicle to ensure that the key components are in a fit condition for safe road use. It includes
– Wheels and tyre
– Steering, suspensions and braking systems
– Seats and seatbelts
– Lights and reflectors
– Windscreen, and windows including wipers and washers
– Vehicle structure
– Other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine
Go to VicRoads VSI26 – Roadworthiness requires for further information
How do brakes work?
Brakes are part of your car’s hydraulic system, allowing you to slow down or stop the car using pressure and friction. As you step on the brake pedal, fluid in the brake system builds up pressure against the brake pads. These pads then grab onto the metal rotors in the wheel assemblies, effectively slowing or stopping the car. The emergency brake system usually applies the brakes to the rear wheels mechanically or electronically when you activate the hand brake or foot brake.
What are the signs of failing brakes?
Here are some of the signs that your car’s braking system needs a check-up
– A spongy brake pedal
– A grinding sound when you press the brake pedal
– Squealing brakes
– The car pulling to one side when you brake
– The brake warning light on dash
– The brake pedal being hard to press