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rego expired on vehicle, help renewing in SA?

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A friend owns a South Australia registered 1986 Toyota landcruiser.

He was living in SA and using the vehicle up until February 2010, then departed Australia returning home to Europe. The rego expired in March 2010. The vehicle has been parked up since then.

I am visiting Australia (backpacking) in December 2010 and I want to re-rego this vehicle for the month of December. If at all possible, I want to do this now, online, so it is ready to be driven on my arrival. My friend is still the registered owner of this vehicle.

Now I will only be using the vehicle for one month, then likely scrapping it as my friend will not be returning to Australia. Is it possible to rego a vehicle for just one month and not have to pay a higher rate of rego to cover the period from March 2010?

Also, because the rego has expired, will the vehicle have to go through an inspection to get re-registered in south Australia?

Can my friend rego the vehicle from here so it will be good for me to use, or can I rego the vehicle on arrival in Australia on his behalf? I’d prefer to avoid getting into more hassle with transfer of ownership documents as I do not know what these involve.

I’d really appreciate any advice you can give, I’ve tried e-mailing the sa.gov but got no reply, and can’t seem to find any info online about this. I have read the documents on the sa.gov website but am not sure where my situation fits in. 


Thank you, R.


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Re: rego expired on vehicle, help renewing in SA?
« POST AN UPDATE #1 on: 15,September,2010 »



Hi ROC,

Once the rego is expired, the car will need a test. (safety inspection)
If you are from the UK, this is similar test to the MOT.

Re one month rego, you get six months rego @ minimum, however you can scrap the car after one month and get a refund of the balance.
Again, if you are from the UK, this is like handing your tax disc in and cancelling your insurance ... you will get the balance outstanding as a refund, typically rounded down to the nearest full month.

If you can register the car (ie it passes the safety test) 'try' and sell it ... you can even pre-advertise it here on HCC, it is semi-easy to sell a backpacker car in summer, very hard in winter.
Scrapping the car will get you between zero and $100 ... selling it cheap (with rego) for $1,000 - $1,500 could pay for all your fuel???

Hope this helps

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Re: rego expired on vehicle, help renewing in SA?
« POST AN UPDATE #2 on: 16,September,2010 »



Hi Ivan,

Thank you for the response.

My friend felt that this vehicle wouldn't pass a test without a huge amount of work/parts put into it.

Is there any way to avoid the safety inspection?

If not, can you give me an outline of how strict it is?

If it's in any way as strict as the MOT in this part of the world, the vehicle hasn't a hope of passing as it is.
It's not worth me spending a fortune on parts for it if I'm only going to end up scrapping it.

I could perhaps try selling by advertising in advance, I might get lucky, but I'm still very reluctant to go spending money putting parts into a vehicle that's not mine and something we only want a month's use out of.

Any further info appreciated.

Thanks again!



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Re: rego expired on vehicle, help renewing in SA?
« POST AN UPDATE #3 on: 17,September,2010 »



No way to legally avoid an inspection "if" the rego has expired!

Rego is probably not as strict as the UK MOT, but brakes, lights, tyres and seat belts will need to be good ... in some states emissions may be checked ... general safety must be in order as must paperwork.

One option maybe to pay for an inspection and get a quote for the repairs ... that way you will be able to make an accurate call, depending on the state, that should be less than $100 ...

If you only need a car for one month, generally the advice is to to rent.
You can get 10% off Travellers Autobarn rentals if you book through HCC with other discounts to come soon ... see the front page for others as they come on-line  Grin




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