In order to get your vehicle registered for use on New Zealand roads it will need to undergo compliance after importation into New Zealand. Compliance is basically just to check that your car is suitable and safe for use on the roads in New Zealand and that it meets or exceeds all the required standards.
Compliance checks things such as the safety standards of your car as well as the emissions requirements. Getting a statement of compliance will allow you to then go on to register your car to be used in New Zealand.
It’s always best to touch back with a compliance depot prior to deciding to ship the vehicle across, they will be able to confirm right away whether or not your vehicle meets NZ emissions and frontal impact standards and can confirm the costs for you so there are no surprises on arrival.
We here at Willship have been specializing in the Australia to New Zealand route for years now so we can certainly provide information or recommendations for compliance if required.
Most Australian built vehicles require very little work in order to become NZ compliant and the process generally takes less than 24 hours. Of course, if there are any major mechanical or safety issues with the vehicle that prevents it from passing a warrant of fitness, then this timing can increase.
In terms of paperwork, the three papers you will need are your car’s title or registration papers, the bill of lading which we will supply to you, and proof of ownership and identification.
The whole process costs around NZD 420.00 + GST as long as the vehicle does not need any additional work to meet NZ safety standard and you will end up with a Warrant of Fitness and an MR2A form which can be used to register your car for use on the roads of New Zealand.
For more information on shipping a car or vehicle to New Zealand please visit this link.