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Ask RiotACT: Roadworthy Certificate mess up

By Mitchell Hannam 10 January 2018 21

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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.

Thanks.


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Ron Heycox 10:49 am 12 Jan 18

Not every problem develops slowly

.a lot of times things just fail

Frank Arena 10:30 am 12 Jan 18

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…

    Frank Arena 10:35 am 12 Jan 18

    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.

Sam Thomson 9:30 pm 11 Jan 18

If they did spot the problem on the roadworthy inspection the owner of the vehicle would have had to pay for the repairs.

It's no different 48 hours later. The inspectors missed the problem not caused it in any way

Emily Guillot 8:34 am 11 Jan 18

Nope. A roadworthy inspection does not predict future problems, it tests basic functions and structure of the vehicle. Should’ve had a mechanic look over it thoroughly beforehand. That’s going to cost you more than a roadworthy. Got yourself a lemon I’m afraid!

Les Eite 6:56 am 11 Jan 18

If it’s leaking coolant while performing an inspection then it’s a fail I know cause I’m an inspector and by the way buyer be where no warranty unless it’s from a dealer they are responsible for repairs and there good name less than 10 years old and under 160k commercial no warranty

Ian Saunders 6:07 am 11 Jan 18

buy cheap get cheap. it's between the buyer and the seller

bd84 10:36 pm 10 Jan 18

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 Russack 10:29 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.

Michael Groenhout 10:22 pm 10 Jan 18

What does a roadworthy have to do with the cooling system unless it's gushing onto the bloke looking at it.. They don't pressure test it, the same way they don't compression test your engine.

John Guihot 9:57 pm 10 Jan 18

The problem with cooling system parts is they often look fine on the outside, but have stress fractures from age, heat and pressure internally. The same could be said for a tyre, a visual inspection it may appear fine, but driving away with pressure, heat and a bad road it could explode.

Fiona Steinberg 9:57 pm 10 Jan 18

Look up the legislation relating to the sale of cars. The seller must fix any issues that arise within 3 months of purchase, as long as the car is less than (I think) 10 years old, and has done less than something like 150,000km. I believe it applies to both proper car yards/dealerships as well as individuals selling cars.

Also call consumer affairs, they’ve helped me in a similar situation previously.

Kip Deveson 9:49 pm 10 Jan 18

As is. But conversely it must be fit for purpose. He's just going to have to wear it unless he has a lawyer in the family. You'd never recover costs even if you won. Trying to prove malicious intent or pre-knowledge of the fault would be difficult. Buy another and keep this one as spares. Cheapest less stressful way out. Then trust in KARMA to set it right.

Stan Vizovitis 9:34 pm 10 Jan 18

Cooling system has nothing to do with a riadworthy inspection. .....plastic radiators and 40 degree heat so common

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