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Warrant of Fitness (WOF)

Forbury Service Centre in Dunedin is a certified Warrant of Fitness (WOF) agent for cars, motorbikes, trailers and caravans.

A warrant of fitness (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 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 is a WOF Required?

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

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.

  • If it's a new vehicle that's never been registered, the WOF will be issued for three years
  • If the vehicle was first registered less than two years ago, the WOF will be issued on the vehicles "third birthday" (third anniversary of when it was first registered)
  • If the vehicle was first registered more than two years ago, but less than three years ago, the WOF will be issued for 12 months
  • If the vehicle was first registered on or after 1 January 2000, the WOF will be issued for 12 months
  • If the vehicle was first registered before 1 January 2000, the WOF will be issued for six months

What a Warrant Inspection Covers

The WOF inspection is a general safety check and include:

  • Tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • Brake operation
  • Structural condition (rust is now 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 smokey 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.

When Your Vehicle Fails its WOF Inspection

If your vehicle fails a WOF inspection you cannot drive it on the road unless you’re taking it somewhere to get it repaired or get a new WOF – and it’s safe to do so.

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