Warrant of Fitness

warrant of fitness

Te Rapa Automotive is authorised by the NZTA to be a Warrant of Fitness (WoF) inspecting organisation.

A WoF is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets required safety standards. It’s your job to keep your vehicle up to WoF condition.

A WoF is not a pre-purchase inspection.

It’s illegal to drive a vehicle if it doesn’t meet WoF requirements, or if it doesn’t display a valid WoF label. This includes if your vehicle fails a WoF inspection. You can drive your vehicle on the road under these circumstances only when taking it somewhere for repair or to get a new WoF – as long as it’s safe to do so.

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Book in with us today for your WoF check.

How often a WoF is required

Vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will need annual Warrant of Fitness inspections for their lifetime.

Vehicles first registered before 1 January 2000 will need 6-monthly WoF inspections.

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

For up-to-date information about WoFs, refer to NZTA.

If you’ve modified your car, motorcycle, van or other light vehicle you may need a low volume vehicle certificate.

Find out how we can help on our Modifications page.

What a WoF inspection covers

The Warrant of Fitness inspection is a general safety check. The aspects checked include:

  • 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).