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Who to see for rego inspections?

By Phantom52 - 11 July 2009 27

I have recently moved to ACT and need to change my rego from NSW.

Can anyone recommend a authorised service centre that won’t give me a huge repair bill?

Its an 95 EF Falcon there are minor issues.

What’s Your opinion?


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Who to see for rego inspections?
ant 10:23 pm 11 Jul 09

My car’s up to 270,000 km and I have it done by the car mob at the servo at the end of Lonsdale st, facing Haig Park. They are sensible and basic and know their way around cars without computers. apparently mine has an oil leak and they keep mucking around with the “rocker cover” (no idea what that is) to no avail. It doesn’t drip though.

They do a good honest job and I believe they’re official for ACT rego.

OH, and it’s not a falcon, it’s a suzuki!

Phantom52 9:19 pm 11 Jul 09

Thankyou all for the helpful suggestions. If the car needs fixing I am all up for fixing it but car has done over 200000km there will be minor oil leaks and cannot afford to spend on a new car. I live in Belconnen.

astrojax 6:38 pm 11 Jul 09

i’m confused, is phantom52 looking simply for a reputable inspector so as not to get ripped off (entirely laudable) or seeking to avoid having to make the vehicle entirely roadworthy with some sort of bodgy inspection place who will be soft (entirely reprehensible)? if the vehicle requires repairs to make it roadworthy, then it does.

Igglepiggle 4:04 pm 11 Jul 09

Oh and dvaey- living in South Tuggers is a good reason to go somewhere else than Dickson too!

Igglepiggle 4:03 pm 11 Jul 09

Depends on where you live. We recently had a good experience with the mechanics in Lanyon for a 92 Magna.

dvaey 3:25 pm 11 Jul 09

BenMac said :

Keep your car registered in NSW and get any mail sent to a PO Box in Queanbeyan. I think there’s quite a few who do that, as it may be cheaper.

Im pretty sure this is more expensive. I remember my parents often buying cars in NSW with 6 months rego, claiming the refund and using that refund to buy 12 months of ACT rego when I was younger.

Also, these answers are all good for mechanics, but if all you want is an inspection, then goto the motor registry in Dickson. Ive always taken my cars there, much quicker inspection and unlike a mechanic they have no interest in saying something needs to be repaired to get the extra work/money out of you, unless its dangerous or really does need repair.

The only reason to not goto Dickson is if your car is unroadworthy, in which case youll have a hard time getting it passed anywhere as most mechanics highly value their inspection approval stamps. Also if your car isnt roadworthy, we shouldnt be giving you tips on how to bypass the already relaxed inspection system in the ACT.

cranky 2:41 pm 11 Jul 09

Second vote for Pharleys.

Totally honest, but if it’s wrong, they will find it. Charges are modest.

No connection, just a satisfied customer for many years.

LaLa 1:59 pm 11 Jul 09

I take my car to Melba Motors for regular services but they are not an authorised service centre unfortunately.

Mick at Melba recommended Harry’s Auto Care to me and they did a good job, pretty inexpensive too from memory. I drive a ’95 Corolla so same vintage as yours.

http://www.drive.com.au/Company/CompanyDetail.aspx?cid=4285

PsydFX 1:20 pm 11 Jul 09

harley said :

City Car Car in Braddon. They also trade as Repco, so don’t be confused when you’re driving past. I’ve used them since moving here in 2007, they do good work at less cost than the dealers we used in Melbourne.

http://www.yellowpages.com.au/bi/city-car-care-braddon-act-42750.html

+1

City Car Care are good to deal with, and are also a NRMA approved repairer.

nota 1:02 pm 11 Jul 09

I’ll put a vote in for Pharleys Spares & Repairs in Hume. They do rego inspections and have treated us well over the last few years, and our ED gas-Falcon.

They seem to be Falcon specialists, or at least very familiar with the older models. Their charges for repair & maintenance have been particularly modest, especially in comparison to previous disastrous rip-offs served up with a smile by a few of the so-called ‘reputable’ joints around town.

canberratowie2 12:48 pm 11 Jul 09

Ultimate Tunes in Phillip is very good !

He has turned his hean on a few “little” problems in the past for me

http://www.ultimatetunes.com.au/Index.html

Mike Bessenger 11:31 am 11 Jul 09

What ever you do don’t go to ACT brakes.

BenMac 11:08 am 11 Jul 09

Keep your car registered in NSW and get any mail sent to a PO Box in Queanbeyan. I think there’s quite a few who do that, as it may be cheaper.

harley 11:00 am 11 Jul 09

City Car Car in Braddon. They also trade as Repco, so don’t be confused when you’re driving past. I’ve used them since moving here in 2007, they do good work at less cost than the dealers we used in Melbourne.

http://www.yellowpages.com.au/bi/city-car-care-braddon-act-42750.html

S4anta 10:40 am 11 Jul 09

Melba motors

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