What's a COR?
What's a COR?
If you ever decide to buy or sell a car privately, without the aid of a dealer like Automark, you will realise how much unpleasant admin the dealership actually takes care of on your behalf! They help with financing, vehicle registration, safe transfer of funds – and the COR!
A COR (Certificate of Roadworthiness) is a document that indicates that a vehicle is roadworthy – that it passes all the regulations of the road and is safe to drive. Remember: it is illegal to drive an unroadworthy vehicles on public roads.
To receive a COR, a vehicle must undergo a roadworthiness test at a certified testing station – there are over 500 stations around the country. A roadworthiness test includes checking the following:
- Bodywork: The bodywork must be free of rust and have no damage that could potentially harm a pedestrian or cyclist.
- Interior: The seats must be securely fixed to the vehicle and undamaged structurally. All seatbelts must be fully operational. The hooter, speedometer and odometer must be operational.
- Engine compartment: The battery must be clean, free of leaks and secured properly to the vehicle. The engine compartment must be clean and have no damage or leaks. All wiring should be secured and correct with no exposed wiring.
- Exhaust: The exhaust should be complete, undamaged and mounted correctly and securely.
- Brakes: The brakes must be fully operational, and the discs cannot be warped or grooved.
- Wheels and tyres: The wheels and tyres must all be the correct size and specification for the vehicle. Tyres, including the spare tyre, must have sufficient tread (over 1.6mm deep).
- Windows and windscreen: All windows should be operational so that they can be opened and closed. The windscreen must have no cracks, and have at least one fully functional windscreen wiper.
- Lights and indicators: All lights must be in full working order, which includes being sealed against moisture. Both high and low beam on the headlights must be working correctly.
- Doors and handles: The doors must all be able to be easily opened from the inside and outside, and the hinges must be securely attached and operating correctly. Inner door panels must be fitted and in good condition.
- Suspension and undercarriage: The vehicle's chassis and undercarriage cannot show any damage or weakness, and must be rust-free. There can be no fluid leaks. The shock absorbers must operate correctly and cannot be worn.
Remember, though, that a COR is not a guarantee of a vehicle's mechanical condition – it has a limited scope and addresses the roadworthiness of the vehicle only. If you want a vehicle to be tested more exhaustively, you will need to take it for another test – either what is commonly called a multi-check test or a technical inspection. A multi-check test is offered by a number of companies and is a more comprehensive test than a roadworthy test, while a technical inspection is a far more comprehensive, exhaustive test that covers all mechanical, electrical and bodywork components of the vehicle. Obviously these tests cost money, and a technical inspection will usually cost up to a couple of thousand Rands.
The advantage of buying a car through a dealer network such as Automark is that all of these tests will be done on the vehicle before it is sold, eliminating the risk and admin hassles from your life. Each vehicle undergoes stringent quality checks, where every aspect of the vehicle is inspected by the Automark Dealer, to ensure only the best vehicles are selected and sold from the Automark floor. This is then backed by a warranty.
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