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Warrant of Fitness

A Warrant of Fitness (WoF) assessment gives you more than just a WoF sticker for your vehicle. As well as ensuring you are legally compliant, it is a regular check to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive on the road.

What vehicles need a WoF?

Most privately owned vehicles need a regular WoF. This includes cars, utes, trailers, motorbikes, caravans and small trucks. If your vehicle is for personal use,  is under 3,500kg, and you intend to drive on the road, this is the assessment you need. If you have a large vehicle, like a campervan or horse truck, and it’s over 3,500kg, you will need a Certificate of Fitness (CoF) instead.

Add a Basic Service to your WoF for only $28

Next time you’re in, why not add a Basic Service* to your WoF for only $28. It’s the perfect way to ensure your car is reliable, safe and road ready. We’ll make sure that your battery is charging and your brake fluid is in good condition as well as 12 other key essentials of your vehicle’s safety and condition.
*Oil and filter change not included.

Getting prepared to pass

At VTNZ we want to get you back on the road as soon as possible. To help give your car the best possible chance of passing, take a look at our ‘Improve your chances of passing a WoF’ video. We’ll show you a few tips and tricks to help you get your car through its WoF and back on the road.

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“My VTNZ inspector was incredibly helpful, and helped me with not only the purchase of a new battery but also with the installation. He even gave me some helpful advice for my old car. Love you VTNZ! ” – Joshua, Customer of VTNZ Takanini

Add a Basic Service to your WoF for only $28

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Pre-WoF visit checklist

  • Lights
    Check all of your lights work. Check the indicators, park lights, brake lights, and headlights – both dipped and high beams. Get a friend to help you or park your vehicle next to a window so you can see the reflection of the lights. Got a blown bulb? Bring your car in. We can replace most light bulbs on the spot.
  • Wipers
    Check your windscreen wipers are in good order. Does your windscreen washer deliver water onto the windscreen with each sweep without patches or smudging? If they need replacing we can sort that for you during your assessment.
  • Tyre pressure and tread 
    Pumped up tyres make it easier to grip the road and because they make your car more efficient, so it saves you on fuel. Always check the recommended pressure readings for your car before you pump your tyres. You can also make sure your tyre is not bald by checking the tyre tread depth indicators. We can help here too. Ask our staff about our WoF + Basic Service Combo.
  • Oil
    Not enough oil can cause increased wear to your vehicle’s engine or cause it to seize up. Use the dipstick to assess how much oil you have. If the oil doesn’t reach the indicator mark on the dipstick, you need more oil. We can fill up your oil at the branch while you’re here - just let us know when you arrive.
  • Seats and seatbelts
    Before you arrive, check all the seatbelts are accessible for assessment, and have no tears or rips. And removing child safety seats and making sure any back seats are up will save you time.
  • Car boot
    Make sure your car boot is empty. This enables us to easily check the spare wheel so you spend less time at the branch.
  • Pets
    It's best to leave pets at home if you can. Alternatively, take them for a walk while we carry out your assessment.
  • WoF Expiry Date
    The WoF expiry date is calculated from the reference date. The reference dates are:
    Expired WoF or without a previous WoF: The date the vehicle passes the inspection
    Current WoF expiring in 14 days or less: The expiry date of the current WoF
    Current WoF expiring in more than 14 days: The date that is 14 days after the vehicle passes the inspection


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 car, 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.


A Warrant of Fitness at most VTNZ branches is $67.

While you wait

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.


Talk to our staff about our weekday Drop and Go service. You can arrange to drop your car 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. Please note that not all branches offer this service, so please ask our staff first if this service is available at your local VTNZ.

What happens if my vehicle fails?

We replace the simple stuff

If it’s something small we can usually replace it on the spot. Our trained Automotive Technicians can replace most types of wipers, bulbs, and 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 MTA has a register of quality assured mechanics online you can check out.

Visit any one of our branches with your VTNZ assessment sheet for a free re-check once your mechanic has repaired your vehicle and we’ll check the repairs and issue your warrant for free. This needs to be done within 28 days of your initial WoF assessment.

How often do I need a WoF?

The frequency of WoF inspections is based on the age of your vehicle. Check the table below to see how often your vehicle needs to be checked.

Age of vehicle

How often do I need a WoF

First registered 1999 or earlier

WoF assessments are required every 6 months

First registered 2000 or later

WoF assessments are required annually

Vehicles less than 3 years old

Vehicles less than 3 years don’t require another WoF until the third anniversary of registration or 12 months after their current WoF expiry date – whichever is longest

New vehicles

After the first inspection, new vehicles don’t require another WoF until the third anniversary of registration


What gets checked?

  • Tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • Brake operation
  • Structural condition (rust or other damage isn't allowed in certain key areas)
  • Lights (are all bulbs working and are your headlights aligned?)
  • Glazing (is your windscreen safe and clear?)
  • Windscreen washers and wipers (do they work and are they clean?)
  • Doors (are they secure and do they open and close safely?)
  • Safety belts (must not be faded or damaged; buckles must work properly)
  • Airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control
  • Speedometer (must be working)
  • Steering and suspension (must be safe, secure and effective)
  • Exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be too loud or smokey)
  • Fuel system (there must be no leaks)

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