Everything you need to know about owning a car in NZ
Thinking about buying a car or campervan in New Zealand or have you already bought one? Let's get you on the road with all you need to know about owning a car in New Zealand!
The search has probably cost you some time and effort, but you've almost reached your goal - happily driving off in your new vehicle!
Below are some important things to remember before and after signing a sales contract (sales contracts are usually only set up with dealers).
Warrant of Fitness (WoF)
It is a check to see if your vehicle meets the required safety standards, but is by no means a pre-purchase inspection! Make sure you don’t buy a vehicle with only a few weeks left before the next inspection is due.
Every 6 months for vehicles first registered 1999 or earlier
Annually for vehicles first registered 2000 or later
You can get the WoF issued in many garages, but consider doing it at VTNZ, as they are an independent provider, not a garage, and therefore won’t advise unnecessary repairs.
Vehicle licence fee to use public roads (not registration. For registration see transfer of ownership below)
To drive a car on public NZ roads, you need current rego. If you are planning on taking the car for a test drive or want to take it home after purchase, make sure it has not expired!
To renew the licence visit https://transact.nzta.govt.nz/transactions/RenewVehicleLicence/entry
Transfer of Ownership
Both you and the former owner need fill out the form of ownership transfer immediately after the sale. This can either be done at the local Post Shop, VTNZ, VINZ or AA with the form MR13B (Seller fills out MR13A) or online (online is only possible with a NZ driver licence)
In New Zealand you are not legally obliged to have your vehicle insured. However, we strongly recommend you to get at least a third party only insurance, so your trip won’t be ruined, if you accidentally damage another person’s vehicle or property and have to cover expensive repair costs. The insurance can either cover the driver (so you are insured on any