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ACT Vehicle Inspection Stations

By 14 March 2012 62

Good morning.

I recently moved to the ACT and require my car to be inspected in order to receive ACT registration.

I am wondering if anybody knows of any registered inspection stations who turn a few blind eyes for very minor issues?

All comments are appreciated unless you tell me to get my car fixed.

Thank you and good evening.

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62 Responses to ACT Vehicle Inspection Stations
#1
harvyk19:17 am, 14 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

All comments are appreciated unless you tell me to get my car fixed.

Gee, talk about a red rag to a bull… :)

What kind of minor things are you talking about turning a blind eye to?

#2
bikhet9:26 am, 14 Mar 12

So you want people to identify businesses that are breaking the law? Maybe be good in some cases, but probably not in this one.

#3
KB19719:29 am, 14 Mar 12

Get your car fixed………

#4
Holden Caulfield9:30 am, 14 Mar 12

This will go well.

#5
KB19719:37 am, 14 Mar 12
#6
Thumper9:39 am, 14 Mar 12

Um, hate to say it man, but you can always like, err, fix the minor issues?

#7
RedDogInCan9:44 am, 14 Mar 12

Welcome to the ACT.

You might also be interested to know that we have vehicle inspectors who do roving patrols of car parks and defect vehicles with minor issues on the basis that they are frequently an indicator of more serious problems. We also have roadside inspections in conjunction with RBT stops.

Get your car fixed.

#8
p110:09 am, 14 Mar 12

In the ACT you don’t have to get yearly inspections like most other states. So just get them fixed, and then you will never have to worry again…

Generally I find that there are approved places who are specialists on one field, and not necessarily very cluey (or care about) things they can’t fix (and so can’t charge for). So if your car has a good exhaust, take it to an exhaust shop and they are more likely to ignore other minor things. Or, alternatively, they might be honest and have a social conscience.

#9
Sammy10:16 am, 14 Mar 12

I must’ve got lucky, because when I had a 1978 “classic” vehicle inspected in Canberra after transferring it from Victoria, the inspector passed it with flying colours. There wasn’t a single mark on the form. During the restoration process it became apparent that the inspector had missed a bunch of pretty basic stuff like rear rego plate light not working, windscreen wipers functioning erratically, no rear mudguards etc etc. So, I think it’s the luck of the draw.

#10
devils_advocate10:36 am, 14 Mar 12

First of all, I smell pork. This reeks of some half-arsed attempt by the cops to catch someone out.

Even if it’s not, if someone knew such a “friendly” (or even reasonable) inspection station, they’d be mental to post up on a public forum.

If your car is quite old, the inspection station will HAVE to find something, even if it’s just tires, because it looks suspicious if an old car goes through without anything picked up.

If you are a female, have a male friend who knows something about cars take it in for you. There was a study carried out by CHOICE magazine with a reasonable sample size saying women tended to get overcharged for mechanical work.

Finally, if it’s small/minor issues, then it won’t cost much to get it fixed, so get it fixed. If it’s a huge safety issue, it could be expensive, but be thankful it didn’t kill you or someone(s) else, and get it fixed.

#11
longshanks11:10 am, 14 Mar 12

If you don’t get minor issues fixed, they turn into major issues. These then cost more to fix, and can significantly compromise your car’s safety.

So if you don’t get them fixed now, the potential cost – both to you, and the rest of us who share the roads with you – will be greater.

Do yourself – and other road users – a favour, and get them fixed.

#12
Wodgie11:27 am, 14 Mar 12

Good Morning and Good evening?
Kerri just get your car fixed otherwise it will end up on the side of the road like dozens of others.
The great thing about Canberra is you dont have to pay to get it inspected each year, just fixed when it needs it.
Save yourself the hassle.

#13
JessP11:56 am, 14 Mar 12

Choices:

1. Get your car fixed; or
2. Go back to wherever you are from.

#14
colourful sydney rac11:57 am, 14 Mar 12

*popcorn*

Get your damn car fixed.

#15
c_c12:09 pm, 14 Mar 12

If the issues are really minor, then the car would still be passed or be addressed for little cost. If the issues are so bad that it would fail and you don’t want or can’t fork over the $$$ to fix, the obviously they post a risk and you shouldn’t be on the road.

#16
Henry8212:15 pm, 14 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

This reeks of some half-arsed attempt by the cops to catch someone out.

+1 or just someone really dumb.

OP – get your car fixed. You’re going to get caught sooner or later.

#17
Jivrashia12:32 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri.

Were you the driver of that car with the bumper sticker:

I’m not a terrorist. I just drive a bomb.?

#18
buzz8191:11 pm, 14 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

First of all, I smell pork. This reeks of some half-arsed attempt by the cops to catch someone out.

Umm why would the Police even care about this?

Wouldn’t it be more of the Office of Regulatory Services, or TAMS or something like that, you know, the people who actually deal with compliancing, not people who deal with criminal offences. But good theory, do you look over your shoulder a lot?

#19
Kerri_Encore1:42 pm, 14 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

Kerri_Encore said :

All comments are appreciated unless you tell me to get my car fixed.

Good morning.
I specificaly asked for u guyz to NOT tell me two get my car fixed. I just nead too fix miner stuf.
Anyone who knows anyone to help me out plz?
Thank you and good evening.

#20
damien haas1:47 pm, 14 Mar 12

I just hope the car is able to maintain a constant 95kmh in the right hand lane of any 100kmh dual lane road.

#21
Me no fry1:51 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

harvyk1 said :

Me no fry said :

All comments are appreciated unless you tell me to get my car fixed.

Good morning.
I specificaly asked for u guyz to NOT tell me two get my car fixed. I just nead too fix miner stuf.
Anyone who knows anyone to help me out plz?
Thank you and good evening.

Check under the bridge – I think there’s a troll missing.

#22
longshanks1:54 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

harvyk1 said :

longshanks said :

All comments are appreciated unless you tell me to get my car fixed.

Good morning.
I specificaly asked for u guyz to NOT tell me two get my car fixed. I just nead too fix miner stuf.
Anyone who knows anyone to help me out plz?
Thank you and good evening.

WTF??!! This must be a troll. All of a sudden you don’t how to write English?

“require” becomes “nead”?

“minor issues” becomes “miner stuf”?

If your car needs fixing, get it fixed. The people who can help you out are called “mechanics”. Here in Canberra we are blessed with a wide variety of “mechanics”, most of whom will be more than able to fix “minor issues”.

Bugger off and get it done.

#23
Erg01:55 pm, 14 Mar 12

Erg0 said :

I just nead too fix miner stuf.

Headlamps not working?

#24
TheDancingDjinn2:03 pm, 14 Mar 12

Erg0 said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

I just nead too fix miner stuf.

Headlamps not working?

i see what you did there – i like it hehe :)

#25
Kerri_Encore2:13 pm, 14 Mar 12

Some people in the ACT require to re attempt their Year 12 due to poor spelling as witnessed on previous comments. The minor issue with the vehicle is the cigarette lighter fails to work, thus unable to boil the kettle/begin the in-vehicle barbeque.

#26
harvyk12:16 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

Good morning.
I specificaly asked for u guyz to NOT tell me two get my car fixed. I just nead too fix miner stuf.
Anyone who knows anyone to help me out plz?
Thank you and good evening.

I agree, a minor issue which doesn’t affect the safety of the car probably doesn’t need to be fixed as a priority, and some inspectors are anal about things and thus would fail an otherwise roadworthy car for a non-issue. So I can understand your desire to not go to such an inspector…

That said I notice that you failed to actually mention what minor things we are talking about, if nothing else it might help us decide which mechanic is able to do inspections which will probably not be too picky about such an issue.

Finally the sort of language you are using in your response is unlikely to get you any friends, apart from being difficult to read, it’s very adversarial, which make me think either “troll”, or at least a person not worthy of my time (yes I realise the irony in responding if I feel that way).

#27
harvyk12:17 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

Some people in the ACT require to re attempt their Year 12 due to poor spelling as witnessed on previous comments. The minor issue with the vehicle is the cigarette lighter fails to work, thus unable to boil the kettle/begin the in-vehicle barbeque.

and your thinking a non working ciggie lighter is a deal breaker with rego?

#28
Myles Peterson2:19 pm, 14 Mar 12

I’d recommend not driving at all, but unfortunately we have one of the worst public transport systems in the country.

Rule of thumb – Canberrans can’t drive. I’m not sure why. The roads are generally well maintained. There appears to be a licensing system in place, but compared to say, Sydney or Melbourne – the locals have no shared-driving culture and just seem to make up rules as they go along.

Good luck out there.

#29
colourful sydney rac2:28 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

Some people in the ACT require to re attempt their Year 12 due to poor spelling as witnessed on previous comments. The minor issue with the vehicle is the cigarette lighter fails to work, thus unable to boil the kettle/begin the in-vehicle barbeque.

*ahem* Pot to kettle, ‘You’re black.’.

#30
p12:42 pm, 14 Mar 12

Kerri_Encore said :

Some people in the ACT require to re attempt their Year 12 due to poor spelling as witnessed on previous comments. The minor issue with the vehicle is the cigarette lighter fails to work, thus unable to boil the kettle/begin the in-vehicle barbeque.

I know with things like spot lights or fog lights there are rules that if they are fitted, they must be working, no cracks etc. However they are not required to be fitted, so if there is a crack or a blown bulb you can just remove it and pass rego. So i suggest you simply remove the ciggie lighter, in car BBQ and kettle and you’ll be fine.

Then you can replace them at leisure once you return to under your bridge.

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