Warrant of Fitness

A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular check that your vehicle meets required safety standards, at the time of inspection. It’s your job to keep your vehicle in warrantable condition at all times.

For example, while tyres on your vehicle may pass on the day of your warrant inspection, you’ll need to replace them as soon as the tread gets to the minimum depth.

If you wait until the next inspection before replacing them, you increase your risk of having a crash or receiving a fine.

Kihikihi Garage can carry out your next warrant of fitness in a timely way for an affordable cost.

Don’ try and cut corners with your warrant of fitness as it may cost you more in the long run.

Fair and honest assessment of your warrant of fitness for your car. Bring it in to our Kihikihi Garage for a check up.


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.

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.

  • tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • brake operation
  • structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
  • lights
  • 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).

We provide a great warrant of fitness servce in Te Awamutu and Kihikihi