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Warrant of Fitness (WOF)

Below is a list of alerts relating to vehicle licensing and registration.

1. Warrant of Fitness (WOF) expired on...

The WOF is a vehicle inspection checks that minimum safety standards are met, and indicates that the vehicle is roadworthy. Without a current WOF certificate, this vehicle cannot legally be on the road.

For vehicles that have never been registered, WOFs are issued for a three year period.

For vehicles less than two years old, WOFs are issued until the third anniversary of when the vehicle was first registered.

For vehicles newer than 1 January 2000, WOFs are issued for a 12 month period.

For vehicles older than 1 January 2000, WOFs are issued for a 6 month period.

Our recommendation

We suggest you have a WOF inspection before you purchase the vehicle as it may reveal faults that are costly to fix.

If the vehicle does not pass its initial inspection, you have 28 days to rectify faults and have the vehicle rechecked by the same inspection station at no extra charge.

2. Warrant of Fitness (WOF) will expire on...

This is an advisory message simply telling you that this vehicle's WOF will expire in the near future.

The WOF is a vehicle inspection that checks minimum safety standards are met, and indicates that the vehicle is roadworthy.

Without a current WOF certificate, this vehicle cannot legally be on the road

For vehicles more than five years old, WOFs issued for a 6-month period.

For vehicles newer than five years, WOFs are issued for a 12-month period.

Our recommendation

Unless the WOF was issued in the last month, we suggest you have a WOF inspection before you purchase the vehicle as it may reveal faults that are costly to fix.

If the vehicle does not pass its initial inspection, you have 28 days to rectify faults and have the vehicle rechecked by the same inspection station at no extra charge.

3. Warrant of Fitness (WOF) has not been issued

This vehicle requires a WOF before it can legally be on the road and this vehicle has never had one.

The vehicle could be a brand new vehicle or a recent import.

Our recommendation

We suggest you have a WOF inspection before you purchase the vehicle as it may reveal faults that are costly to fix.

If the vehicle does not pass its initial inspection, you have 28 days to rectify faults and have the vehicle rechecked by the same inspection station at no extra charge.

4. The vehicle did not pass its last Warrant of Fitness (WOF) inspection

The vehicle failed its last WOF inspection and it is legally not permitted to be used on the road.

A vehicle can fail a WOF inspection for many reasons that could require minor or serious repairs to fix.

Our recommendation

If you decide to purchase the vehicle without a current WOF ask to see the most recent WOF inspection checklist to see exactly why the vehicle failed its inspection.

The checklist is always given to the vehicle owner.