WOF - What You Need to Know

Coming into a new country and figuring out how everything works can be pretty hard. Especially when you want to buy a vehicle here. To clear things up, one of the most important things that you need to know when you are driving/buying a car is that you need to have a WOF for it.

WOF label

What is a WOF?

WOF means Warrant of Fitness and is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets the required safety standards (it is similar to the German TÜV). You need to keep your vehicle up to WOF condition at all time. Otherwise, you increase your risk of having a crash or getting a fine. The average price to get the WOF is between $40 and $65.

What does a warrant inspection cover?

  • tyre condition (+ tread depth)

  • brake operation

  • structural condition (rust is not 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 smoky or louder than the original exhaust system)

  • fuel system (there must be no leaks)

What does your vehicle must have?

  • a number plate light at the back

  • two red reflectors at the back

  • two red position lights at the back

  • one or two red high-mounted stop lights at the back

  • a working horn

  • a current WoF

  • a rear-view mirror that gives a clear view behind

  • a good sun visor