Warrant of Fitness (WoF)
A Warrant of Fitness (WoF) is a periodic safety inspection that is compulsory for light vehicles, motorbike and trailers, receive yours “FREE” with any of our service options at Brian’s Auto Centre.
Legally, to operate your vehicle on public roads, you must have your vehicle inspected for a Warrant of Fitness (WoF):
- every 12 months, if your vehicle is less than six years old
- every six months, if your vehicle is more than six years old
and maintain it at the WFF standard in between WOF inspections,
As an authorised inspecting site of the NZTA we follow the Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM) issued by NZTA.
A Warrant of Fitness inspection includes the following safety checks:
- Tyre condition (including tread depth)
- Brake operation
- Structural condition (rust isn’t allowed in certain key areas)
- Lights (are all bulbs working?)
- Glazing (is your windscreen safe?)
- Windscreen washers and wipers (do they work?)
- Doors (do they open and close safely?)
- Safety belts (must not be faded or damaged; buckles must work properly)
- Airbags (if fitted – SRS light should work correctly)
- ABS System (must be working)
- Speedometer (must be working)
- Steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
- Exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be too loud or too smoky)
- Fuel system (there must be no leaks).
- Overall vehicle condition/performance.
After your vehicle passes its Warrant of Fitness check, it becomes your responsibility to keep it in the condition that it was in when it passed the inspection.
Things not included in your W.O.F inspection
- Engine, clutch, gearbox and differential
- Lubricant levels and condition
- Brake pad thickness or life expectancy
- Paint work condition and rust in non-structural areas.
WOF expiry dates
The WOF starts from the date your vehicle passes the inspection. However, if you bring your vehicle to us a few days before the current WOF expires, the expiry date of the new WOF can be extended, equal to the number of days you had left on the old WOF (to a maximum of 14 days).
What happens when your vehicle fails its Warrant of Fitness inspection?
If your vehicle fails its Warrant of Fitness inspection and your old Warrant of Fitness has expired, you are not allowed to drive it on the road
(unless it is being operated solely for the purpose of bringing it into compliance and obtaining a new WOF, and provided the vehicle is safe to be operated for that purpose).
When all the areas that required attention have been fixed, the re-check is free of charge as long as you return the vehicle to us within 28 days of the first inspection or another fee will apply.
Our primary concern is your safety
If your vehicle fails its inspection, we will explain where it failed and list what needs to be fixed. The WOF is a safety inspection of your vehicle, we understand you may feel disappointment if your vehicle does fail, however we have your best interest at heart when it comes to your safety. We will happily provide a written estimate of any work that is require and possibly can arrange a courtesy vehicle while we repair yours.