Vehicle Inspection

At Medowie Car Care Pty Ltd we are an Authorised Safety Check Inspection Station (ASCIS) for Pink Slips and Blue Slips for light vehicles.

Light vehicles include

  • Passenger cars
  • Goods carrying vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or less (without power-operated brakes)
  • All motorcycles
  • Trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 4.5 tonnes or less, including those fitted with breakaway brakes (but not including those fitted with air or vacuum (breakaway) braking systems).

Vehicle outside of these parameters will have to be inspected at a heavy vehicle inspection station.  See RMS website for a station near you.

Rego Inspections (Pink Slips)

Most vehicles more than five years old must pass an annual safety check (or Pink Slip), before registration can be renewed. This inspection indicates that the vehicle is safe and roadworthy at the time of inspection. The vehicle may be raised on a hoist, with at least the following items checked:

  • Lights, blinkers, horn all operating properly
  • Door controls checked (must be able to be opened from inside and outside of the vehicle)
  • Seat belts must be in good condition and operating properly
  • Any visual oil leaks
  • Rust – anything that breaks the surface or creates a bubble in the paint may cause a “fail”
  • Windscreens – issues that may cause a “fail” could include cracks that start from the edge of the windscreen or cracks over 7cm long. If you have concerns, check with the workshop undertaking the inspection
  • Windscreen wipers must work properly
  • Exhaust system is checked for leaks – a leaky exhaust may cause a “fail”
  • Tyres must have at least 1.5mm tread depth and no wires or canvas exposed (on all four road tyres)
  • Window tinting colour and darkness must meet certain criteria

These are just a sample of the things that must pass the inspection. Other issues that could cause the vehicle to be considered unroadworthy may cause a “fail”. RTA requirements are adhered to when undertaking inspections. We prefer to book a time for inspections so you are not waiting around unnecessarily, but can often do them between 9am and 4pm without an appointment. It takes about ½ hour to do the inspection. The inspection report is submitted to the RTA electronically, so once you have obtained your CTP Greenslip, you can complete your registration online if you wish. Don’t wait until the last moment to get your inspection done in case something needs fixing or replacing – your mechanic may not be able to do it for you at that time and your registration may expire before repairs are complete. Check the Motor Accidents Authority website for further information regarding roadworthy checks.

Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance (Greenslips)

All vehicles (except trailers) need to have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance cover (Greenslip) before registration can be done. Greenslips ensure you’re covered if other people are injured in a crash when you (or the person driving your car) is at fault. Premium prices vary between insurers – the Motor Accidents Authority has an online green slip calculator at: http://prices.maa.nsw.gov.au/ which you can use to compare prices.

Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspections (Blue Slips)

This is a safety inspection report to re-establish an expired or cancelled NSW registration, or to enable you to establish registration for vehicles previously registered interstate. This proves your vehicle is roadworthy, and it also makes sure the car meets design and identity standards. When seeking a blue slip, you will be required to present the following documents to the inspection station at that time:

1.Proof of a NSW residency address for you. This could be:

  • Current drivers licence
  • Current rental contract showing your name and current address
  • Current utilities bill, eg, electricity, gas, etc, showing your name and current address

2.Proof of ownership of the vehicle.

a)For vehicles previously registered in NSW or interstate in your name, your old rego papers will be satisfactory

b)For a vehicle you have recently purchased (in NSW or interstate), the old rego papers in sellers name if possible and a Notice of Disposal completed and signed by the seller; or receipt from the seller showing the vehicle’s details (model, year, VIN / Eng no, etc), your name, address and sale date.

If a) or b) are not available, then you must complete a Statutory Declaration that shows:

  • your name and current address, plus
  • all of the vehicle’s details (model, year, VIN / Eng no, etc),
  • the statement that you legally own the vehicle

3. Additionally, for trailers you will also need proof of the TARE weight – this will generally be recorded on the old NSW rego papers, and will usually be stamped on the compliance plate too. For interstate trailers, the trailer will need to be weighed at a weigh bridge, and the docket showing this information must also be provided at inspection. All of these items will be photocopied and the originals returned to you. Blue slips take about 1 hour to do and must be booked in advance. As part of the blue slip inspection, we need to examine the engine number that is stamped on the engine itself. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the engine number is visible and able to be easily read at the time of the inspection, otherwise an extra cost may be incurred for time taken by the inspector to locate and clean the area. Call Medowie Car Care today on 02 4982 9172 to arrange your vehicle inspection. Rego Checks – pinks slips, blue slips.