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Pink slips or eSafety checks are regular checks to see if a vehicle meets safety requirements. These inspections along with the repairs or maintenance conducted after the inspection have a favorable impact on road safety. When a vehicle is over 5 years old, pink slips are mandatory for re-registration; most people renew their rego on a yearly basis. People can also pay for 3-6 months of registration. If you have some queries regarding pink slips in your mind like “what are pink slips”, “ how long does a pink slip last”, “how much does a pink slip cost” etc then you are at the right place. Make it through this article and you’ll know everything there is to know about pink slip inspections.

Pink Slip Vs Blue Slip: Know The Difference

A blue slip certifies that an unregistered vehicle is safe to drive. Pink slips, also known as eSafety checks, are reports that confirm if your car is safe to drive after five years. Blue slips are valid for 28 days from the date of issue, and the inspection must be completed within that time frame. Pink slips are for registered automobiles older than 5 years while blue slips are for unregistered vehicles.

A safety inspection is performed for a pink slip to see if the vehicle is roadworthy and safe to operate. A certified mechanic performs the report for registered automobiles, which is valid for 6 months.

All in all, a Pink Slip is a safety inspection report given out by an authorized inspection station like a verified garage to demonstrate that a vehicle meets the required roadworthy criteria for registration whereas a Blue Slip is a safety inspection report given by Service NSW that verifies that a vehicle meets the statutory registration standards for roadworthiness, design, and identity.

How Long Does A Pink Slip Last?

A pink Slip lasts for 6 months! Because light vehicle pink slips are only valid for six months, you’ll need to use the report to renew registration within that time frame. Interstate reports, on the other hand, are valid for 42 days or less. If you don’t register within that period, you’ll have to get a new pink slip and pass another inspection. You will normally be required to receive a pink slip every year, depending on the length of your registration. If an inspection is required, it will be stated on your registration documents.

How much does a pink slip cost?

The price of pink slip inspections is mandated by the RMS and as of 2020, the Pink Slip cost in NSW is around $42 for lightweight vehicles, $24 for motorcycles, $22 for trailers without brakes, and $33 for trailers with brakes. All the mechanical workshops are strictly advised to charge this fee before commencing the inspection.

What happens if you fail a pink slip inspection?

If your vehicle fails its initial roadworthy examination, the inspector will issue a white slip failure notice, which permits the vehicle’s owner 14 days to complete the necessary repairs for re-inspection. If the vehicle is returned to the same inspection station, there are no additional charges for a re-inspection of an eSafety check (pink slip). If the required repairs are not completed within this time range, another eSafety (pink slip) inspection will be required.

If a problem is discovered with your automobile that cannot be fixed right away, you will be given a list of issues that need to be addressed by the inspection station. A ‘Repairs Needed’ report also offers you a 14-day window to address any problems. You can avoid having to pay for a second inspection if you resubmit the car for inspection within 14 days. You will have to pay a fee to have the car appraised outside of that time frame.

Prepare Your Vehicle For An eSafety/ Pink Slip Inspection

A pink slip inspection includes a thorough look over of all these aspects of your vehicles:

  1. Tyre quality and tread depth
  2. Vehicle body condition
  3. Working electrics such as headlights, blinkers, interior lights, and dash lights.
  4. Engine/suspension/exhaust and driveline condition
  5. Seatbelt condition
  6. Engine and driveline fluid leaks
  7. Brake efficiency test

It should be pretty clear by now that enrolling in a workshop without at least some preparation work can set you up for failure. If you fail an inspection, you have a certain amount of time to fix any problems and return to the same workshop for a free second inspection. But spending a few minutes in your driveway can save a second trip to the mechanic.

Tyre tread may be easily checked at home, no matter the type of vehicle you have. You can check to see if the tread depth is greater than the legal minimum of 1.5mm. If your tyre tread depth is less than 1.5mm, your car will be deemed “unroadworthy” by the applicable state authorities and it is bound to fail the pink slip inspection. Also, look for signs of uneven wear, which could indicate a problem with the wheel alignment or broken or worn suspension components.

Wiper blades are a simple item to inspect, but we find a lot of vehicles with wiper blades that are worn out, damaged, or just inefficient and need to be replaced. The good news is that most auto parts stores will gladly assist you if you don’t know where to look for the correct alternatives. All lights must be working properly for a vehicle to pass an eSafety inspection. A blown light bulb, fortunately, is usually a quick fix that doesn’t prevent a successful examination. As more vehicles adopt LED lighting, this will become less common; still, a quick check-in in your driveway is all it takes to determine if you have a faulty bulb. You can visit a nearby auto repair shop like ES Auto Tech to have a proficient mechanic have a thorough look at your vehicle from all angles and make sure that the car is fully ready for an eSafety check.

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