Trader registration no:
Consumer Information Notice
registered on the Personal Property Securities Register?
without use of a band expander:
I ..................................................(name of trader), have supplied to the buyer a copy or electronic version of this notice, including a copy of the information on the back of this notice.
I..................................................(name of buyer), have received a copy or electronic version of this notice, including a copy of the information on the back of this notice.
Because this document contains information obtained from 3rd party sources, assumes no responsibility or legal liability for any losses or damages or costs resulting from any use or reliance on this information by any party.
There are protections under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 when you buy a motor vehicle from a motor vehicle trader.
Motor vehicle traders include car dealers, car auctioneers, car importers, and car wholesalers.
Motor Vehicle Trader Registration
Under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003, a motor vehicle trader must:
- be registered
- attach this notice to a used motor vehicle displayed for sale
- provide you with a signed copy or electronic version of this notice when you buy a used motor vehicle.
You can search the Motor Vehicle Traders Register to find out who is a motor vehicle trader or who is responsible
for operating a particular motor vehicle trading business. You can also search for traders who have been banned.
To find out more, visit www.motortraders.med.govt.nz or free phone 0508 668 678.
If a finance company or a person lends money to someone to buy a motor vehicle, the lender can register a security interest over the vehicle on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). This means that the lender has rights over the vehicle. You should check the PPSR to ensure that the motor vehicle you intend to buy is free of a registered security interest. Visit www.ppsr.govt.nz.
If you buy a used motor vehicle from a motor vehicle trader and the trader does not disclose that a security interest is registered over it (see the front of this notice), then you receive the vehicle free of the security interest. Note that this protection does not apply to private sales.
For motor vehicles registered before 1 January 2007, “vehicle year” means the year of manufacture or the model year or the year of first registration. For motor vehicles registered after 1 January 2007, “vehicle year” means the year of first registration anywhere in the world.
Actual distance vehicle has travelled
You should not place too much importance on the odometer reading when buying a used motor vehicle. There is a risk with any used motor vehicle that the odometer has been wound back. A vehicle’s mechanical condition is a better indicator of its quality. You may wish to have a vehicle checked by a person with mechanical knowledge before you buy.
On the front of this notice, the supplier must state one of the following:
- the odometer reading, or
- “I [name of supplier] cannot accurately determine the actual distance this motor vehicle has travelled because the odometer reading may be inaccurate”, or
- “This motor vehicle’s odometer reading is inaccurate”. Stating an incorrect odometer reading is a breach of the Fair Trading Act 1986.
Radio receiver capability
This shows whether the vehicle has a radio receiver capable of receiving broadcasts in the range of 88 to 108 MHz without the use of a band expander. You should be aware that a band expander may not improve the quality and range of broadcasts you can receive on the radio.
Motor Vehicle Trader Registration
You can make an application to an authorised agent of Land Transport New Zealand to check whether a motor vehicle has been reported stolen or to check vehicle registration details. To get this information you will have to complete an application form, show identification, and pay a fee. Free phone the Motor Vehicle Registration Call Centre on 0800 108 809 for further information.
Re-registration is necessary if a motor vehicle’s registration has been cancelled. Common reasons for registration being cancelled include a vehicle being “written off” by an insurance company, a vehicle being destroyed or rendered useless, or a vehicle being unlicensed for more than 1 year.
Road user charges
All diesel-powered motor vehicles, and vehicles over 3500 kg, are subject to road user charges. You must buy a road user charges licence in order to pay these charges, including any outstanding charges.To find out more, visit www.landtransport.govt.nz. To find out where to buy a road user charges licence, contact the road user charges helpdesk on free phone 0800 655 644.
Imported as damaged vehicle
Land Transport New Zealand records whether or not imported used vehicles had any obvious structural damage or deterioration that was identified at the time of importation. However, the extent of the damage is not recorded. Any damage that may have occurred in New Zealand is also not recorded. You may wish to have a vehicle checked by a person with mechanical knowledge before you buy.
You can get further information about your consumer rights from a Citizens Advice Bureau, a Community Law Centre, or www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz.
Under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, a vehicle must:
- be of acceptable quality, taking into account its age, price, and condition at the time of purchase
- be fit for any particular purpose you make known to the seller
- match its description
- match any demonstration model
- be free of any undisclosed security interest
- not be stolen.
Under the Fair Trading Act 1986, information given to you by a motor vehicle trader about the vehicle you are buying must be true and the information on the front of this notice must be correct. Fair trading complaints can be taken to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal (see details below) or made to the Commerce Commission. To contact the Commerce Commission, email firstname.lastname@example.org or free phone 0800 943 600.
Free phone the Tribunal on 0800 FOR MVDT (0800 367 6838).
Within 7 days after taking ownership of a motor vehicle you must complete a Notice of Change of Ownership and present it, along with the change of ownership fee and the necessary owner identification, to an authorised agent of Land Transport New Zealand. To find out more, visit www.landtransport.govt.nz or free phone 0800 108 809. The motor vehicle trader may take care of this for you.