From horse trucks to motorhomes, we’re the experts in assessing heavy vehicles. We’ll have your vehicle checked and back on the road in no time.
A Certificate of Fitness (CoF) is a regular check for heavy vehicles (and commercial passenger vehicles) to ensure they’re safe to drive on New Zealand’s roads.
Vehicles that need a CoF, rather than the more common a Warrant of Fitness (WoF), are heavy vehicles like trucks, larger trailers & motorhomes with a gross vehicle mass of over 3,500kgs.
Commercial passenger vehicles, like taxis and rental cars also require CoF assessments. Find out about commercial CoF assessments.
If your vehicle is for personal use only, you need to bring it in for a CoF every six months. If your vehicle is used for commercial purposes, check out our information on CoFs for businesses.
Here’s a quick checklist of simple things you can do before coming to VTNZ that can help your vehicle pass its CoF:
“My experience was great, from the moment I came to reception up to receiving my COF. I found the people I dealt with so helpful and friendly I made a point of discussing it with my fellow workers when I got to work.” – Owen, customer of VTNZ Fenton Park
No need to book. Just drop in when it’s convenient for you. Most branches are open weekends, but Saturdays are our busiest time, particularly between 10am and 12 noon. Our quietest times are usually weekdays from 9am to 10am and 2pm to 3pm.
Simply drive in and follow the lane markings. Park your vehicle, take your keys and take note of your licence plate number. Walk in to reception and let us know you’ve arrived. When we’re busy, it really helps if you go back to your vehicle to move it up the lane queue until you get to the lane entrance.
While our Automotive Technicians are assessing your vehicle, you’re welcome to come in for a coffee, tea or water and read a magazine. Kids are welcome too. Or you can leave your vehicle with us and pop back later. Just let our friendly staff at reception know.
Talk to our staff about our weekday Drop and Go service. You can arrange to drop your vehicle off at your local branch and leave it with us for a full or half day. We’ll give you a call when everything’s finished and ready to go. If possible, we can also give you a free courtesy ride to a nearby location like home or work.
We sort the simple Stuff
If it’s something small we can usually fix it on the spot. Our trained Automotive Technicians can replace most types of wipers, and bulbs, as well as batteries. They can also adjust your headlights and top up the water, oil, and clutch and brake fluid.
Major Repair Work
If something larger needs fixing, our Automotive Technicians will explain exactly what needs to be repaired and write clear notes you can give to your mechanic or Garage, so you can save on repair bills.
If you don’t have a preferred repairer, you can find contact details for local mechanics in our branches or ask our staff for some local options. Also the MTA has a register of quality assured mechanics online you can check out. (link to MTA register).
Visit any one of our branches with your VTNZ assessment sheet for a re-check, once your mechanic has repaired your vehicle. We’ll check the repairs and issue your Certificate of Fitness. This needs to be done within 28 days of your initial COF assessment.
*As each vehicle is different, we may check more or fewer items than listed below.
We'll have you road ready in no time.