Like buying a new house or getting a bank loan, the activity of transferring ownership of a car from one person to another requires a lot of paperwork. It may seem like the world drowns in paperwork, but it is a necessary evil to ensure you are getting what you pay for and the rightful ownership.
If you are living in Australia then you need to follow certain procedures to transfer ownership of your vehicle. Once a vehicle has been purchased, the registration must be transferred at the state or territory Motor Registry within 14 days. Both the buyer and seller need to sign the registration form. If the car is purchased from a licensed dealer, the sales executive will handle all the paperwork and provide complete transfer of registration form.
If you are buying the vehicle from a private seller, you need to submit a number of documents to facilitate the transfer. The documents include ID proofs of previous and new owners, residential address proof of new owner, original registration certificate, application for registration and licensing of Motor Vehicle, notification of change of ownership and a current roadworthy certificate.
Arguably the most important document of all is the RWC. It is easy to obtain a roadworthy certificate in Melbourne , just take your car to an authorised service station where a licensed technician will inspect the car thoroughly and provide the certificate. RWC certifies that the vehicle is mechanically sound and fit for use on road. This certificate is valid for a period of 30 days from the date of issue. You need to obtain RWC before the licensing department transfers and registers the car in your name.
However, vehicle testing centre will not issue a roadworthy certificate if they detect any mechanical defect on inspection. A fail could be due to a number of things like a cracked windscreen or light lenses, leaking or defective shock absorbers, faulty joints or breaks, tyres and virtually everything that does not operate properly. To avoid a fail and save time and money get your car inspected by a mechanic at the local service station and fix all the issues so that you easily get the RWC.
To avoid any of the above hassles, ask the previous owner to obtain the RWC as a condition before you take the transfer. The benefit is that you receive a car that is mechanically sound, without you having to spend on it.