The AA is warning motorists they could face significant delays if they wait for the government’s October 10 deadline to renew their car’s Warrant of Fitness (WoF).
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) recently confirmed that vehicle owners with warrants that expired this year will still have until October 10 to get their checks done.
AA Motoring Services General Manager Jonathan Sergel says the move affects hundreds of thousands of cars currently on the road with expired WoFs.
“We’re not talking small numbers here – there are motorists from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the south currently driving around with expired WoFs,” he says.
“We appreciate many motorists were relieved when the temporary extension was announced in April, but now all our sites are fully operational, we urge them to come in now rather than wait for the October deadline.
“If everyone waits until October, we anticipate there’ll be queues everywhere and long wait times. And that won’t just be a one time thing – the rush will happen again in six or 12 months when renewals come up again.”
Jonathan says the AA is also concerned some motorists may currently be driving unsafe vehicles.
“We know there are motorists who have been diligently ensuring their cars are roadworthy, but we also know many motorists treat getting a WoF as their default safety check.
“If you fall into the second camp and your car’s WoF expired in January, you could potentially have been driving an unsafe vehicle for seven months now - which is very concerning.”
The October 10 document extension also applies to Certificate of Fitness (CoFs), driver licences and some vehicle certifications that expired this year.
Book a WoF at an AA Motoring site
Appointments are not required at our drive-through AA Vehicle Testing Stations and most of our AA Vehicle Inspection sites. You may need to book your WoF inspection in advance at our AA Auto Centre sites.
Drive-in AA Vehicle Testing Station locations:
- Bell Block VT Station & Compliance Centre
- Glen Innes VT Station
- Hornby VT Station
- New Plymouth VT Station & Compliance Centre
What does a Warrant of Fitness inspection cover?
The inspection is a general safety check. The aspects checked are set out in the NZTA vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM) and include:
- Tyre condition (including tread depth)
- Brake operation
- Structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
- 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)
- If you’ve modified your car, motorcycle, van or other light vehicle, you may need a low volume vehicle certificate (mod cert)
What a Warrant of Fitness doesn’t cover
A WoF doesn’t dig deep into a vehicle's condition. For example, it doesn't check items like engine, clutch, gearbox and differential condition, lubricant levels, brake pad thickness or life expectancy (unless they are visibly below safe limits), paintwork condition and rust in non-structural areas.
Book your WoF at an AA Motoring site today
Were you affected by the WoF extension? Avoid the queues by booking your car in for its annual WoF today. More information on our WoFs - including pricing - can be found here.
Either drive up to an AA Vehicle Testion Station, or click here to book your WoF at an AA Auto Centre.