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Used vehicles from anywhere else

If you're importing a used vehicle you must provide evidence that it meets a range of approved standards before it can be registered for use on the road.

There are other standards if you are importing a vehicle from Japan, Australia, Europe and the USA.

Evidence

You must provide evidence of:

The proof you need depends on the country from which you're importing the vehicle. 

Proof of ownership

You need to provide evidence that you're the legal owner of the vehicle. This can include:

  • the original documents that prove previous registration and provide an ownership trail that goes back to the last registered owner in the country where the vehicle was last registered, and
  • certified English translations of all documents not in English (bills of sale, purchase receipts, etc).

For vehicles imported from Hong Kong you can present a vehicle registration card that shows the ownership history and is stamped 'cancelled' or 'deregistered' by the Hong Kong Transport Department.

Evidence of compliance with emissions standards

You can provide:

  • a suitable compliance plate/label or
  • a statement of compliance that includes an approved emissions standard.

Evidence of compliance with frontal impact standards

For cars (class MA)

You may be able to prove your car complies using our frontal impact lists (external link) . These lists cover vehicles manufactured during 1994–1996 when frontal impact standards were being developed. They therefore apply mainly to used imports. If the list says your vehicle does not meet a frontal impact standard, then you cannot bring it into New Zealand.

Your vehicle isn't listed? You may be able to provide acceptable evidence from a suitable compliance plate/label or the vehicle documentation, such as a statement of compliance.

You may not have to prove your vehicle complies with frontal impact standards if:

  • it is more than 20 years old
  • it is a 'special interest' vehicle
  • you're emigrating or returning to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you.

Find out more about these exceptions.

For 4x4, SUV and forward control vans (classes MB and MC)

If your Class MB or Class MC vehicle was manufactured after 1 October 2003, it must meet a frontal impact standard. The exception is if you're emigrating to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you. Find out more about this exception.

Acceptable proof is the same as for passenger cars above. You may be able to provide acceptable evidence from a suitable compliance plate/label or the vehicle documentation, such as a statement of compliance.

Evidence of overall standards compliance

You need to prove your vehicle meets all applicable New Zealand standards, which depend on the date of manufacture. You may be able to provide acceptable evidence from a suitable compliance plate/label or the vehicle documentation, such as a statement of compliance.

For vehicles manufactured for the Japanese market but not previously registered in Japan, the vehicle's completion inspection certificate is acceptable proof of compliance.

Evidence of compliance with light-vehicle brakes standards for electronic stability control (ESC)

You must check for the presence of ESC. See the technical bulletin about how to prove the existence of ESC in the electronic stability control identification bulletin (external link) .

Evidence of compliance with heavy vehicle brake standards

You must check for compliance with one of the approved brake standards if you want to import a heavy vehicle of class MD3, MD4, ME, NB or NC, no matter what date the vehicle was manufactured.

See the detailed information about how to prove compliance with an approved brake standard in the following sections of the Vehicle inspection requirements manual – entry certification (external link) :

Evidence of compliance with fuel consumption information requirements

You can use our online tool (external link)  to provide the fuel consumption compliance information. The website is designed mainly for the four countries from which New Zealand imports most of its vehicles – Japan, Europe, Australia and the USA. But it does cater for some other countries, including Singapore. To use the site you'll need:

  • a Singapore deregistration certificate, and
  • a Singapore LTA technical letter listing an approved Japanese emissions code, and
  • an outcome notification letter advising that the Singapore LTA technical letter can be accepted as proof of compliance.

To produce the compliance information, you simply need to enter the vehicle data. You'll then receive a fuel consumption certificate, which you take to the entry certifier.

If your fuel consumption certificate says consumption is 'unknown' it is still acceptable as compliance evidence to give to the entry certifier.

Next step

You can move onto step three of the importing process – preparing to import.

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