From horse trucks to motorhomes, we’re the experts in assessing heavy vehicles. We’ll have your vehicle checked and back safely on the road in no time. Visit one of our 60+ commercial branches nationwide.
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 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
Simply drive in and follow the lane markings. Park your vehicle, take your keys and take note of your licence plate number. Walk into 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 the team at reception know.
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).
Once your mechanic has repaired your vehicle, visit any one of our branches with your VTNZ assessment sheet for a re-check. 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.