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Selling A Car In Queensland Made Easy

Selling a car in Queensland privately can be very confusing and tricky so keep reading to find out what certificates and paperwork you must do by law when selling a currently registered vehicle or unregistered vehicle in Queensland.

There are many different terms used by each state or territory in Australia which is why it can be confusing for both car buyers and car sellers.

A Roadworthy Certificate or commonly known as a Pink Slip is used in New South Wales but the term Safety Certificate is used in Queensland. If you live closer to the NSW/QLD border you will hear both terms used more often.

How To Get A Queensland Safety Certificate Or Roadworthy Certificate?

To get a safety certificate in Queensland or more commonly known as a Roadworthy Certificate the vehicle must pass a basic safety Inspection so it meets roadworthy requirements.

You will need a valid Queensland vehicle safety certificate for the following vehicles:

  • cars
  • Motorcycles
  • light trucks (up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM))

Do You Need A Roadworthy For A Trailer In QLD?

Yes, you do. Trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) between 750kg and 3,500kg

What Does a Roadworthy Inspection Cover?

A Safety Inspection relates to the vehicle passing the minimum safety standard requirements by a basic inspection of specific items including steering, brakes, lights, tires, suspension, body rust, damaged windscreen etc. The vehicle inspection makes sure the car meets a roadworthy standard and is in a safe condition to operate on the road.

If you’re selling a 4WD and you don’t have the rear seats in the vehicle you can find more information on the laws around removing rear seats in my post about Mitsubishi Pajero Issues.

A Safety Inspection is not the same as a pre-purchase car inspection. A pre-purchase car inspection checks for any immediate problems and future repairs needed and also reports on the servicing history.

How To Get A Roadworthy Inspection?

You can get a Safety Certificate from an Approved Inspection Station. You can find these at most service stations that offer garage or workshop services or an authorized inspector can come to you.

If you want to save time, money and headaches call Mobile Roadworthy Brisbane to get connected with the closest inspector to the suburb or area where the vehicle is located. This makes getting a safety certificate much more convenient for you.

If you are issued with a handwritten safety certificate, the hard copy (shown in the picture) needs to be displayed on the vehicle.

If the safety certificate was issued electronically it does not need to be displayed but shown to the buyer, transport or police officer if requested.

How Long Does A Safety Certificate Last In Qld?

  • Private Sellers 2 months or 2,000 km whichever comes first at the time of issue
  • Motor Dealer – 3 months or 1,000km whichever comes first at the time of issue

Selling A Car In Queensland Currently, Registered?

The documents/paperwork and certificates you need are:

  • Current Queensland safety certificate – By law, you must get a safety certificate before you hand over the vehicle to the buyer or risk a fine.
  • Current gas certificate if the vehicle is fitted with a gas system. You can get this from an Authorized gas installer.
  • Rego Transfer papers
  • Written receipt to give the buyer

Also, if the vehicle you’re selling has finance owing on it you will need to get a payout figure and understand the procedures when selling a car with finance owing.

Other times you need the above certificates are when:

  • a vehicle is unregistered and needs to be re-registered
  • moving to Queensland and transferring a vehicle’s registration from another state or territory

After you have sold the vehicle it is the buyer’s responsibility to transfer the vehicle’s registration into their name. To do this, the buyer needs to take the valid Safety Certificate, receipt and the transfer of registration form (F3520) completed by both seller and buyer to Queensland Transport and Main Roads to transfer a vehicle into their name. Below is a good video explaining this procedure. There is an online service too.

Selling A Car In Queensland is Unregistered?

If the vehicle registration has expired or you intend to sell the vehicle unregistered without a safety certificate you need to remove the registration/number plates. Then go to the nearest Department of Transport and Main Roads to hand in the plates along with a completed cancellation of the registration form (F3517) to de-register the vehicle.

Some FAQs

Am I responsible for a car after I sell it privately?

Selling a car privately in Queensland comes with no guarantees or warranties. If you’re buying a used car, you need to know that if something breaks after it has been driven off the lot, it is entirely your responsibility. That means that as a seller, you’re not responsible for accidents, mechanical issues, or anything else that may go wrong immediately after the sale takes place.

Do Motor Dealers In QLD Have To Provide A Statutory Warranty?

In most cases, yes they do.

Statutory Warranty Used Car Queensland

The Queensland government has set out a statutory warranty for the sale and purchase of used cars. This warranty is designed to protect buyers from any defects that may be present in the car.

Class A Warranty

If the odometer reading is less than 160,000 km on the day of its sale and has a built date of no more than 10 years before the day of its sale it comes with a class A statutory warranty. The warranty expires after 3 months or the first 5,000km.

Class B Warranty

If the build date is more than 10 years old before the day of its sale a class B statutory warranty will apply. The warranty expires after 1 month or the first 1,000km.

To find out more on statutory warranties, when they don’t apply and what is covered see the Queensland Government website.

How do I write a receipt for selling a car in Qld?

The receipt for selling a car should include the following:

– Date of sale

– Make, model, and year of the vehicle

– Vehicle identification number

– The name of the seller, buyer, and any other parties who are involved in the transaction.

– A statement that the buyer is purchasing or acquiring ownership of the vehicle.

– The purchase price or other consideration is given to the seller.

– The signatures of both parties.

Download my free Street Smart Tool Kit included is a car buyer’s receipt form.