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.
Your Consumer Rights
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 email@example.com or free
phone 0800 943 600.
THE MOTOR VEHICLE DISPUTES TRIBUNAL can hear and determine claims made against a motor vehicle trader under the Fair Trading Act 1986,
the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, or the Sale of Goods Act 1908.
Free phone the Tribunal on 0800 FOR MVDT (0800 367 6838).
Change of Ownership Responsibility
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.