Car Care

Why now is a good time to renew your Warrant of Fitness

The AA is suggesting motorists take advantage of the quieter Warrant of Fitness (WoF) lanes during April, rather than waiting for May and June which are expected to be busy due to the impact of last year’s lockdown restrictions.

Those customers who had their WoF renewal date impacted by last April’s lockdown will be returning to their AA Motoring WoF testing station over the upcoming months.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Jonathan Sergel said: “It just makes sense to bring your vehicle in now for its annual WoF inspection to avoid queues and possibly long wait times in the coming months.”

Following last year’s lockdown Waka Kotahi the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) gave vehicle owners with warrants that expired until October 10 2020 to get their checks done.

Jonathan Sergel says the move affected hundreds of thousands of cars still being driven with expired WoFs.

“We appreciate many motorists were relieved when the temporary extension was announced in April, but this resulted in large queues everywhere and long wait times as we approached the October deadline. This cycle will likely play out again this year unless motorists take advantage of the quieter April month and act now to avoid queues later.”

If the WoF on your car is current when you go for a new one, the expiry date of the new WoF can be extended by up to 14 days, which means you won’t ‘lose’ any period of your current WoF being valid. 

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.

For more information on what a WoF covers click here.

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