Warrant of Fitness (WoF)

A WoF is not just about getting a warrant of fitness sticker for your car, motorcycle or trailer. It’s about safety.

A Warrant of Fitness is a regular check to ensure your car is safe to drive on the road. It’s compulsory for light vehicles (cars, station wagons, vans, 4WDs, SUVs, light trucks), trailers and motorcycles.

At AA Vehicle Testing sites AA Members can save up to 15 cents per litre with your WoF (non Members save 5 cents per litre). This offer is only available at AA Vehicle Testing sites.

An independent assessment

Get a reliable warrant of fitness from the experts - we'll provide an independent assessment of your car's safety. 

It's illegal to drive your vehicle on the road if it doesn't meet the WoF requirements and doesn't display a valid WoF sticker.

As a WoF agent, we're required to follow the car inspection requirements manual (VIRM). These requirements are defined and monitored by NZTA. These are a general safety check and include:

  • Tyre condition
  • Brake operation
  • Structural condition
  • Lights, doors and windows
  • Windscreen washers and wipers
  • Safety belts and airbags
  • Speedometer, steering and suspension
  • Exhaust and fuel system

Appointments are not required at our drive-through AA Vehicle Testing Stations and most of our Vehicle Inspection sites. You can pre-book your WoF inspection or get a pre purchase inspection at an AA Vehicle Inspection Centre.


AA Vehicle Testing stations

You’ll get:

  • Fast, convenient service
  • Comfortable waiting rooms with complimentary tea and coffee
  • Facilities to pay your car registration or road user charges

Certificate of Fitness (CoF) checks are also available at selected sites.


Renewing your WoF

Once your car passes the warrant of fitness inspection, you're required to keep it in this condition. The frequency of the check depends on when your car was first registered.

Pre purchase inspections

A pre purchase inspection is different from a WoF. There are inspection areas not covered under the WoF. If you're purchasing or selling a vehicle we recommend that you reduce your risk and get an independent evaluation of the vehicle.

Our pre purchase inspection includes exterior and interior inspections, driveline, engine, cooling system, suspension and steering, brakes, wheels and tyres and vehicle operation.

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