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Safety First: What Do You Need to Know About Pink Slips?

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What is a Pink Slip?

A Pink Slip is a colloquial term for an ‘eSafety Check’. This is a safety inspection report that used to be of pink colour before it became digitally issued by an authorised inspection station in New South Wales to prove your vehicle has passed the required roadworthy standards for registration.

Most light vehicles are required to have an eSafety check, including passenger cars, motorcycles, some trailers and caravans, and some goods-carrying vehicles.

The main objective of an eSafety inspection is to assess a car’s roadworthiness, which directly affects a passenger's safety. It’s important to note that while a safety check can identify and address immediate safety concerns, ongoing maintenance and repairs are necessary to ensure the long-term reliability and performance of a vehicle.

When do I need a pink slip?

A pink slip or eSafety Check inspection is needed when your car is 5 years old or more, and it’s a requirement you have a successful eSafety inspection before you are able to renew your vehicle registration.

In addition, a pink slip certificate has a validity of 6 months. This means that if you plan on renewing your registration after this period, you will need to schedule another eSafety Check inspection to ensure that your vehicle is still in compliance with the latest safety standards.

What Does a Pink Slip Inspection Include?

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A Pink Slip inspection includes a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle's safety systems and components to ensure that it meets the necessary safety and roadworthiness standards. It covers components such as brakes, steering and suspension systems, tyres, lights, seat belts, and exhaust systems.

At Kogarah Tyrepower, our roadworthy inspections cover a car’s main components and safety features to make sure it’s in good condition and safe for use on the roads. The major safety-related items include the following:

  • Vehicle structure condition (body and cashis corrosion)
  • Engine and driveline fluid leaks
  • Working electrics, including interior lights, headlights, light covers and indicators,
  • Wheels and Tyres (tread quality and tread depth)
  • Seatbelts and seats condition
  • Windscreen and windows
  • Brakes, steering and suspension

How Much Does a Pink Slip Inspection Cost?

Pink slips costs can vary depending on the type of vehicle. To find out the cost of an eSafety Check for your car, you can check the NSW government website which lists the prices for different types of vehicles.

It's important to keep in mind that registration administration fees and vehicle tax may increase on an annual basis as approved by the NSW Treasury Consumer Price Index, so it's always a good idea to stay up-to-date with the latest pricing information.

What Should I Do If My Vehicle Fails the Inspection?

If any faults are found during the initial inspection, you have 14 days to get them fixed and have the car inspected again. If you get the repairs done within the timeframe, there will be no extra fee for the second inspection. If your repair takes longer than 14 days, you'll need to pay for another inspection.

What Makes a Car Unroadworthy?

Cars are a complex type of machinery, and, as with any machine, anything could go wrong. In addition, travelling thousands of kilometres can cause your tyres to wear and tear.

There are many reasons why a vehicle becomes unroadworthy, which include the following: faulty brakes, bald tyres, cracked lights and faded lenses, worn-out steering and alignment components, and so on.

Your car may fail a safety inspection because of these or other issues.

To avoid the inconvenience and expense of having to reschedule a subsequent inspection, it is advisable to address any safety concerns your car may have before undergoing the inspection. This will prevent your vehicle from failing the inspection for trivial or avoidable reasons.

Pink Slip inspections with Kogarah Tyrepower

Kogarah Tyrepower is your local authorised inspection station. We provide roadworthy inspections in Kogarah and surrounding areas, including Hurstville, Sans Souci, Arncliffe and the St George area. To book your eSafety inspection, call us on (02) 9587 3366, book our service online, or visit us at 7 Lindsay Street, Rockdale.

In addition, we are your number one premium Pirelli dealer in NSW. We also have a wide range of premium tyres in stock from the big brands, including Pirelli, Continental, Toyo and Michelin.

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