9 January 2018

Ask RiotACT: Roadworthy Certificate mess up

| Mitchell Hannam
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Hi Rioters,

Just a quick question here, my best friend and roommate bought a car from a close friend and neighbor which is fine, but in order to get it registered he, of course, had to get a roadworthy certificate. Problem is, barely 48 hours after getting the certificate and registration his radiator was malfunctioning really bad ­– not even 20 minutes into a drive, the water inside of the radiator would boil.

Can my friend take the car back to the people who did the inspection and get them to fix the radiator for free because they should have spotted the problem or what can he do?

Any advice is really appreciated.


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The one thing that no one has picked up is that you have the car registered already…you don’t need to have it inspected again..as long as it was roadworthy when the registration was transferred into your name there is no requirement to have it inspected again…you are just wasting your money…go to the mechanic and get the radiator fixed lol…

sorry I mean your mate need to get the radiator fixed…if the car is registered in his name it doesn’t need another inspection.

No. It has nothing to do with roadworthy. He has no recourse with the seller or the roadworthy inspector. You get what you pay for.

Deirdre Russack10:29 pm 10 Jan 18

A roadworthiness check would not include checking the radiator. Road worthiness is about safety not whether the car is in a sound mechanical condition. The radiator can suddenly block or malfunction in some way having been working adequately. You will also need to check the oil (looking for a milky sludge – water in the oil) as the head gasket may have blown as well. Once you know what is causing the issue, you may have cause to take it up with the person from whom the car was purchased.

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