57 people found this article useful

Buying a Car in New Zealand Step 3: The Paperwork

http://www.veteransunited.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/3311300060_d7f184a3c0.jpg?f7af9d

You’ve looked at it, tried it, now it’s time to sign for it!

This is the last leg of our guide to buy a backpacker car in New Zealand. It is the toughest of them all: the paperwork.

You’ll find all the answers to these boring but necessary questions in this guide:

  • What are the documents required to buy a car in New Zealand?
  • Where should you do all the paperwork when buy your car?
  • What should you look for when filling out the paperwork?

Before you hit the road, make sure you have a legal driver license. Find out more in How to Drive in New Zealand and Converting Your Driver License into a New Zealand Driver License.

Buy a car in three steps

The three steps of buying a car in New Zealand are below. Make sure to check all our articles on the subject.

Working Holiday New Zealand

18-1-4

Vehicle ratings

Sitting down and looking at the paperwork is your chance to check the rating of the car that you are buying. There are five different ratings that you may want to have a look at:

  • ANCAP test
  • Used car safety rating
  • Fuel economy rating
  • Air pollution rating
  • CO2 emission rating.

Ask your seller or search online for the model of the vehicle so you can get accurate ratings.

http://www.baypanelbeaters.co.nz/media/2718a9783915f716ba4f7ae494399176.jpg

The Warrant Of Fitness (WOF)

Any vehicle sold in New Zealand should have a valid Warrant of Fitness less than one month old. A WOF is a document certifying that the car has passed the inspection of safety and road-worthiness.

Be aware that a WOF is not a pre-purchase inspection, it is merely a compulsory check to see that the car meets the compulsory standards.

Our advice: do not buy a car without a WOF.

http://www.wordsinspace.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/2389320345_5157e138e0.jpg

Consumer Information Notice (CIN)

This document will only be provided by a professional dealer, not a private seller. It includes the price of the vehicle and all information relating to it:

  • Year of registration in New Zealand
  • Odometer reading
  • Mention of damage recorded at importation
  • Make, model, year of manufacture and other legal info about the vehicle
  • Dealer’s contact details and registration
  • Any securities registered on the vehicle

http://www.allaboutmoney.com/images/copyimages/piggy-bank-calculator.jpg

Debt Check

When buying a car from a private seller, we strongly advise you to run a quick debt check on the car that you want to buy. It will allow you to see if the car has been used as security for any credit. Remember, if there is any outstanding debt on the car that you are buying, even if the debt isn’t yours, your car could be repossessed and you will have no way to contest it.

Run a vehicle history check online on these websites:
Lemon Check
Auto Finder
Motor Web

http://indiareflects.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/fist-bump.jpg

Sales agreement

The sales agreement is an agreement that will disclose all the terms of the sale. It will only be provided by professional dealers. There may be a fee along with it called a “documentation fee” as part of the negotiation. However, it may be waived, so try it. As with any agreement, make sure to read it carefully before signing it.

http://gapinsurance.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/canstockphoto3176804.jpg

Certificate of Registration

This is a very simple form that will display the list of all the current owners of the the car. You simply have to compare it with your seller’s ID and see if it matches to make sure that you are buying the car from its rightful owner.

On the subject of ID, make sure you have a valid driving licence for driving in New Zealand, whether it is a driver licence in the English language, an international driver licence, or a New Zealand driver licence.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FJG0C6kIeZU/UwlQHd8-ltI/AAAAAAAAEIY/HV-FCHIQnQQ/s1600/keep-calm-and-just-own-it.png

Change of Ownership

This is one of the most important documents of this list. It will state who is responsible for the car and who will pay fines and other fees. This can be done online on the NZTA website. You and the seller will have to complete this form.

If you prefer good old paper form, you can find the proper forms in any NZ Post office or AA insurance centre.

Buyer’s form: MR13B
Seller’s form: MR13A

Get insurance!

Although it is not mandatory to get insurance when driving in New Zealand, we strongly recommend that you get some. New Zealand’s roads are not the easiest to drive on. Even if you are a cautious driver, the person behind you might not be. Backpacker car insurance is very reasonably priced in New Zealand, so get it sorted as soon as you have bought the car.

Follow us on Twitter
Was this article useful? Useful Useless
HiFX - Money Transfer
http://imgur.com/8BIQSyD
North Island Cities

Gisborne – Guide for Backpackers

The hub of Eastland! Gisborne, or “Gizzy” as the locals call it, [...]

http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/60/93460-004-D6A5ECDA.jpg
New Zealand Culture

12 Movies Shot In New Zealand

It wasn’t just The Lord of the Rings that was filmed in [...]

http://imgur.com/KGhDCpa
Working Holiday Visa

How to Check if Your Working Holiday Visa Has Been Approved

Has your working holiday visa to New Zealand been approved? So you [...]

http://imgur.com/rHGzbBc
South Island Cities

Accommodation Guide to Queenstown

WHERE TO FIND CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN Queenstown. The adventure capital, the ski season [...]

Search
Popular searches: Budget, Free, Jobs, Travel Tips, Rotorua
Working Holiday Insurance
Hot on Backpacker Guide
Wildlife
http://www.leisuretours.co.nz/db_imgs/daytours/WWK%20Whale2.JPG

8 Wildlife Activities in New Zealand

What wildlife activities can you do in NZ? With a population of […]

New Zealand Culture
http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/.a/6a00e5509ea6a1883401b7c6e158b1970b-800wi

New Zealand in Numbers

Facts and Figures about New Zealand New Zealand is a land of firsts: […]

South Island
http://imgur.com/je6e3kK

10 Free and Cheap Things to Do in Wanaka

Free things to do in Wanaka (and some cheap stuff as well). […]

FB Group
Join the group!
Join the group!

Ask questions to our writers, post notices, share with travellers, show pictures, meet other backpackers, ...

Join our Facebook group