The NRMA is the New South Wales Automobile Association. Membership is included FREE with every vehicle from Travellers Autobarn. Membership entitles you to 24-hour roadside assistance Australia-wide, in case of breakdown. The Association also provides FREE MAPS for the entire continent, as well as advice on road conditions in more remote areas of Australia.
Cars registered in NSW more than 5 years old must pass an annual roadworthy test, if the car passed safe it will get a roadworthy certificate. When buying a car it would be good to see a roadworthy certificate. However, if you are buying privately the owner is under no obligation to supply one. Car dealers such as Traveller Autobarn provide a roadworthy certificate with EVERY car.
Bear in mind a certificate is a safety test and gives you no indication of the fitness of the engine or other systems to handle a trip around Australia. Roadworthy certificates are a NSW requirement. Other states have different systems and some states have no inspection requirements at all.
Available at most garages
Valid for 6 month
Test things like tyres, rust, steering, brakes, etc
The only time you must have a pinkslip is if your NSW car needs registering
In NSW the RTA will not register your car for another year unless it has a pinkslip.
A car can pass the pinkslip brake test but still need new brake linings a week later. Basically do not put too much faith in a pinkslip. The safest way of satisfying your mechanical questions is a PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION.
Please be aware that each Australia state has different regulations when it comes to Roadworthy Certificates – for more information we advise you to visit any of our branches or call us on 1800 674 374.