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Warrant of fitness (WOF) Checks, Greerton, Tauranga

We can carry out WOF checks and repairs on the following vehicles

Cars, Vans, Utes,Trailers, Boat Trailers, Horse Floats, Caravans and Motor cycles

A warrant of fitness (WOF) is a regular check that your vehicle meets required safety standards, at the time of inspection. It's your job to keep your vehicle in warrantable condition at all times. For example, while tyres on your vehicle may pass on the day of your warrant inspection, you'll need to replace them as soon as the tread gets to the minimum depth. If you wait until the next inspection before replacing them, you increase your risk of having a crash or receiving a fine.

How often a warrant of fitness (WOF) is required

From 1 July 2014, vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will move to annual WOF inspections for their lifetime.

When was the vehicle first registered anywhere in the world

How long the WOF is issued for

New vehicle that's never been registered

WOF is issued for three years

Less than two years ago

WOF is issued to the vehicles third 'birthday' (third anniversary of when it was first registered)

More than two years ago, but less than three years ago

WOF is issued for 12 months

On or after 1 January 2000

WOF is issued for 12 months

Before 1 January 2000.

WOF is issued for 6 months

For new vehicles, after an initial inspection, another WOF inspection won't be required until the 3rd anniversary of their first registration.

The length of time a WOF is issued for is calculated based on the vehicle's date of first registration in New Zealand or overseas,

What a warrant inspection covers

The WOF inspection is a general safety check. The aspects checked are set out in our

Vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM)
and include:

  • tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • brake operation
  • structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
  • lights
  • glazing (is your windscreen safe?)
  • windscreen washers and wipers
  • doors (do they open and close safely?)
  • safety belts (must not be damaged or overly faded; buckles must work properly)
  • airbags (if fitted)
  • speedometer (must be working)
  • steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
  • exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be smoky or louder than the original exhaust system)
  • fuel system (there must be no leaks).

If you've modified your car, motorcycle, van or other light vehicle you may need a low volume vehicle certificate. Find out if
you'll need a certificate plate and how to get one.


What a warrant is not

is not a pre-purchase inspection. It doesn't include many areas of a vehicle's condition. For example it doesn't check:

  • engine, clutch, gearbox and differential
  • lubricant levels and condition
  • brake pad thickness or life expectancy
  • paint work condition and rust in non-structural areas.