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)
- tyre condition (including tread depth)
- brake operation
- structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
- 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.