When I got my first car twenty years ago, I was clueless when it came to maintaining it and keeping it in a roadworthy condition. As a result, I had to pay for costly repairs that could have been avoided if the car had been looked after better. I learned my lesson and started reading everything I could about basic car maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned in the hopes it will save other new drivers making costly mistakes. I blog about a variety of topics, such as troubleshooting uneven tyre wear, the benefits of regular servicing and maintaining your car during the winter months. I hope you find my blog useful.
If you've never registered a car in Australia, the process may seem a bit overwhelming, and especially if you don't have a driver's license or are bringing a car in from out of the country, as you may wonder if the process is somehow different for you. Note a few commonly asked questions about registering a car in Australia and then you can know where to start and what to expect with the process overall.
Can you register a car without a driver's license?
You don't need a driver's license to actually own a car, although of course you need the license to be able to drive it. You can have the car registered in your name as proof of ownership, if you're currently learning to drive or are simply planning on reselling the car. However, note that the car needs to be properly insured for it to be on the road no matter the driver, and insurance companies usually require someone with a license to be the named insured driver. If the car will be driven by anyone after it's registered, you need to find someone with a license to be named as the insured driver first.
Does a new vehicle need an inspection before it can be registered?
A new vehicle that you buy from a dealership should already have an inspection sticker, as these inspections are typically arranged through the dealer. However, if you're buying a new vehicle from a private seller, you need to ensure the car has gone through proper inspections; this is the responsibility of the seller to get done before he or she sells the car, so even if he or she tells you that it's a new car, be sure you have that inspection certificate as part of your paperwork.
Do you need a new registration for vehicles being brought in from another country?
If you're moving to Australia or for any reason will be keeping the vehicle permanently, then it needs a new Australia registration. The vehicle will also typically need a safety inspection when brought from another country, even if it's a new vehicle. If a dealership is importing a vehicle for you, such as when you order a special vehicle with custom features, they may arrange this safety inspection once the vehicle arrives and before they transfer ownership to your name. However, as mentioned above, be sure you have that safety inspection certificate before you take ownership of the car.