The first and easiest check is to check that all the lights are functioning while ensuring there are no cracked or faded lenses. Don’t forget the indicators and number plate lights, and if the car has fog lights they must be working as well. Check the brake lights by recruiting a friend to step on the pedal while you watch. Headlight bulbs are a cheap fix and can be bought for as little as $12 sometimes, with indicator/blinker and tail light bulbs starting at around $10 for a set. Instructions on how to change these should be in your car’s owner manual. This isn’t even considering spot lights or LED light bar rules.


Check for Warning lights on the dash board such as engine, ABS, Brake or any other warning lights, make sure the battery clamp is on and tight that all doors open and shut from both inside and outside, that all windows work all the way up and down and that there is washer fluid in the washers and all seat belts work and are not cut or frayed Make sure no Oil or Coolant leaks onto the ground or Exhuast


Worn tyres are another common failure. Ensuring they’re in good condition will not only increase your safety on the road but will also help reduce the overall running costs. Roadworthy tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.5mm and be free from cracks. All vehicles have a different maximum rim and tyre size and can’t pertrode past the vehicle gard.


Any cracks or stone chips in the windscreen may cause a fail result ask a windscreen repairer or a AIS inspector before booking in Replacing cracked or old windscreen wiper blades will also help you avoid failing a rego inspection. Regardless of weather conditions, it’s crucial to have clear vision of the road and new windscreen wiper blades will help keep your windscreen clean. From as little as $15, you can do this simple check and replace if need be with basic tools.


At this point, you should look over the car for rust as anything that breaks the paint’s surface or creates a bubble in the duco may cause a fail Ask a AIS Inspector before or while you are booking in.


Keep an ear out for increased noise levels from your exhaust because this may indicate a leak, which can also lead to failing an inspection. See an exhaust shop before your inspection if you think there is a leak.


Oil Leaks

Oil leaks can come from many different places and can start out as stains on the driveway and end up as the vehicle catching on fire, having the engine bay cleaned can help locate oil leaks

Exhaust & Mufflers

The exhaust systems job is to allow poisonous gasses to exit the vehicle behind any windows or doors and to do this at a exceptive noise level, leaks and damage need to be repaired before the vehicle can be passed

Brakes & Hand Brake

The brakes and park brake will be tested at the inspection if there is any problems get them fixed by qualified Mechanics before booking in for the Inspection

Tires & Wheels

Any damage to rim's or tyre sidewall as well as wheel nuts and mounting are just as important as having the right tyres and wheels fitted if any doughs see a qualified Tyre shop


Rear vision mirror and sunvisor mounting problems, missing parts of trim and protection guards, seat and seat belt damage even foot peddle damage will all fail the inspection

Steering & Suspension

Steering and suspension are very important, any noises or clunks ,floating feelings while driving can all be problems that the examiner will find and will need to be repaired.


All lights gauges warnings and safety devices need to work some aftermarket items need special checking like Brake controllers and break away systems

Engine Services

Engine noises or smoke, warning lights on and running bad could all be leading to costly engine repairs speak to a Mechanic before booking in you inspection.

More DIY checks

Alternator and Batteries

the Alternator light can't be on

The Battery must be able to start the vehicle after it has been switched off

Headlights & Driving Lights

Headlight Alignment and how clear the lense is as well as driving lights wiring and mounting position.

Serpentine & Fan Belt Replacement

The serpentine and or Fan belts must be in good condition and tight. No squealing or parts coming off.

After DIY Checks

Now that you have checked the simple things your self repair or get repaired what you can and then contact the Examiner to arrange for the Inspection