Get your warrant of fitness done at Advantage Auto Centre, 6 Empire St, Frankton, Hamilton.
The warrant of fitness process
Legally, you must have your vehicle inspected for a warrant of fitness (WOF):
* every 12 months, if your vehicle is less than six years old
* every six months, if your vehicle is more than six years old.
Here you'll find out what aspects the inspecting officer will examine, such as tyre condition and safety belts, and what happens if your vehicle fails to get a WOF.
It's illegal to drive a vehicle…
* If it doesn't meet WOF requirements.
* If it doesn't display a valid WOF label.
You can drive your vehicle on the road under these circumstances only when taking it somewhere for repair or to get a new WOF – and it's safe to do so.
What a warrant inspection covers
The WOF inspection is a general safety check. The aspects checked are set out in our 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 low volume vehicle certification.
What a warrant is not
A WOF is not a pre-purchase inspection. It doesn't include many areas of a vehicle's condition. For example it doesn't check:
* engine, clutch, gearbox and differential
* lubricant levels and condition
* brake pad thickness or life expectancy
* paint work condition and rust in non-structural areas.
Your WOF label
If your vehicle passes its WOF inspection, the inspector will apply the WOF label on the inside of your front windscreen, on the driver's side. The punched out circle shows the month your warrant expires. You need to get your next warrant before the expiry date on the label.
When your vehicle fails its WOF inspection
If your vehicle fails a WOF inspection you cannot drive it on the road and you wont need to because Advantage Auto Centre have the skills to get you back on the road.