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Do I need an appointment?

No – all Drivesure vehicle testing stations operate a drop by service. Some stations require booking for certain services such as Pre-Purchase Inspections – for full information, check your nearest station’s details via this website.

How can I best prepare for the inspection?

Here are some simple checks to keep your vehicle up to Warrant of Fitness standard:

  • Check your lights regularly by asking a family member or friend to check your lights with you. Many vehicles fail their Warrant of Fitness simply because of a blown bulb.
  • Check your windscreen wipers. Does your windscreen washer deliver water onto the windscreen with each sweep without patches or smudging?
  • Regularly maintain your brakes. If you are ever concerned, bring your vehicle to one of our testing stations and we can test your vehicle’s braking efficiency for a small fee.
  • Check your tyres for both adequate tread and inflation.

Here are some other points to remember prior to the Warrant of Fitness inspection:

  • When you come in ensure all the seatbelts are accessible for testing.
  • Make sure your car boot is empty. This enables the spare wheel to be checked easily so you spend less time at the station.

What are the benefits of an independent inspection?

An independent inspection ensures an unbiased report. The only interest is in the safety of the vehicle, not in the repairs or sale of parts.

Is my spare tyre part of the inspection?

Yes. The spare tyre must be secured and have a sticker to indicate inflation pressure.

What is the minimum requirement for tread on my tyres?

1.5mm depth across the width and around the entire circumference of the tyre.

What will be examined during the WoF inspection?

  • Seat belts and anchorage
  • Seats and anchorage
  • Windscreen & glazing
  • Vehicle structural components
  • Vehicle interior hazards
  • Brake system
  • Steering system
  • Tyre tread and condition
  • Suspension
  • Wash and wiper system
  • Lights
  • Horn
  • Spare wheel security
  • Fuel cap
  • Door retention system

What if I’ve modified or rebuilt my vehicle?

Modifications to a vehicle may affect its safety performance to the extent that it needs to be certified by a specialist Low Volume Vehicle certifier. Drivesure will assess whether this level of certification is required. If so, a Low Volume Vehicle certifier will need to inspect the modified vehicle.

Once the certifier is satisfied with the safety performance of the vehicle, the vehicle returns to Drivesure for final certification.

What if my vehicle fails a WoF inspection?

If your vehicle fails a WoF inspection and your old WoF has expired, you are not permitted by law to drive it on the road unless it is being operated solely for the purpose of obtaining a new WoF. This includes driving it to and from a garage in order to have repairs carried out.

If you fix all the items that require attention within 28 days of the initial inspection the vehicle will be re-inspected by Drivesure at no additional cost. If you exceed the 28 days from the initial inspection, a new fee and inspection is required.

Why do I need a Warrant of Fitness?

To ensure that the vehicle has been properly maintained and still complies with certain legal and safety requirements.

Not displaying a current Warrant of Fitness may also invalidate your insurance and you may be liable for a fine of $200 from police or city traffic wardens.