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Do I need a roadworthy certificate if the car is still under warranty?

Asked by Peter

I have a 2015 BMW 4 Series with a new car warranty until November 2020. Do I require a roadworthy if I sell the car before the new car warranty expires?

Answered by CarsGuide

28 Aug 2020 David Morley

These rules and regulations vary from State to State, but the bottom line in Victoria is that, yes, you do need to provide a roadworthy when selling the car privately. Aside from a very small trailer and a range of road-going commercial and industrial equipment, the only vehicle in Victoria that doesn’t need a roadworthy certificate (RWC) as part of the change to new ownership is a brand-new vehicle. The definition of that is a vehicle that has never been registered in Australia before and has covered only kilometres involved in its sale and delivery to its first owner.

The factory warranty has nothing to do with RWC law as different makes and models have differing warranty periods. If you want to sell the vehicle privately without a roadworthy, you need to remove the number plates and hand them in to VicRoads on completion of the sale. The exception to that is if you sell the car to a licensed motor car trader, as the responsibility of gaining a RWC then falls to that business.

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