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Damaged used imports

Notice to the importer label

Your imported used vehicle may have been flagged as structurally damaged or deteriorated when it was inspected at the border. A damage flag will be recorded on the Motor Vehicle Register and the following windscreen sticker, indicating where the damage is located, will have been attached to the vehicle by the border inspector.

If your vehicle was flagged as damaged at the border, take it to an appropriate agent to be inspected by an entry certifier prior to carrying out any repairs. The entry certifier will determine if the damage flag should be removed or the repairs require certification by a specialist repair certifier or a heavy vehicle specialist certifier. If a repair certificate is required, the damage flag will not be removed from the record on the Motor Vehicle Register.

Vehicles damaged in NZ

Before carrying out repairs, NZ damaged vehicles (whose registrations have been cancelled due to being permanently taken off the road or written off by an insurer) should be taken to an appropriate agent to be inspected by an entry certifier. The entry certifier will determine if any repairs require certification by a specialist repair certifier or a heavy vehicle specialist certifier.

Find an entry certifier

Keeping our communities safe

If your NZ registered vehicle has been assessed as structurally damaged but the registration is not cancelled, the assessor or insurance company may notify us with the details. We will set a ban flag that will stop a warrant of fitness (WoF) or certificate of fitness (CoF) pass being issued to the vehicle’s record. This means the vehicle can’t legally be used on the road until we receive appropriate documentation from a Transport Agency approved specialist repair certifier or heavy vehicle specialist certifier verifying the vehicle is within safe tolerance of the manufacturer’s specifications, and the ban flag is removed.

The damaged vehicles list

Water damaged, fire damaged and written off vehicles that have not been correctly repaired can compromise the safety of vehicle features such as safety belt pre-tensioners, airbags and certain electrical systems.

In September 2016 we changed the requirements for the replacement of electronic and pyrotechnic safety components in water damaged vehicles.

You can check your vehicle against this list of damaged vehicles (see below). You’ll need to know the factory issued vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number. 

The vehicles listed have come to our attention for having water damage or fire damage, or having been written off in the country of previous registration.

  • This list is not comprehensive. It was originally set up to let consumers know about imported water and fire damaged vehicles. We’ve since added NZ water and fire damaged vehicles (including those exposed to liquification during the Christchurch earthquakes), and vehicles which we have been notified as having been written off overseas.
  • Insurance companies in NZ do not normally provide the Transport Agency with details of written off vehicles, but in the case of water or fire damaged vehicles, we’ve asked to be notified.
  • Importers of Australian used vehicles must provide a copy of the Australian Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) report to the inspecting organisation at the border. If the PPSR shows the vehicle has been written off, then the vehicle is added to the damaged vehicles list.
  • We want owners, their families and communities to keep safe, and will accept notifications of water and fire damaged vehicles from any source. Email

Many of the listed vehicles will have been restored to acceptable standards. If your vehicle is on this list and is currently registered, then it’s been approved to be on the road via the entry certification process.

Factsheet 44: Importing a motor vehicle [PDF, 99 KB]

Repaired vehicles are not removed from the damaged vehicle list.

Australian PPSR reports are available from the Australian Government. link)

*W – flood-water damaged vehicle
*F – fire damaged vehicle
*S – written off vehicles (both statutory write off and economic repairable write-off vehicles)
*WS – written off due to flood/water damage (both statutory write off and economic repairable write-off vehicles)
*FS – written off due to fire damage (both statutory and economic repairable write-off vehicles)

VIN/Chassis Make Model Damaged* Date
JF1GT7KL5HG008997 SUBARU Impreza S 18 January 2021
JM0KF4WLA00322087 MAZDA CX5 S 18 January 2021
MMU148PK0HH608831 HOLDEN Colorado WS 18 January 2021
6G1FC5E26EL991540 HOLDEN Commodore S 18 January 2021
MMU156MK0JH626532 HOLDEN Trailblazer S 18 January 2021
1C4HJWLG0GL127514 JEEP Wrangler S 18 January 2021
KNAKU814SD5368016 KIA Sorento S 18 January 2021
KMHH551CVLU136941 HYUNDAI I30 S 15 January 2021
MMU148PK0GH629141 HOLDEN Colorado S 15 January 2021
JM0KE103200392413 MAZDA CX-5 S 15 January 2021
TMAHC51ALLJ020450 HYUNDAI I30 S 15 January 2021
MM0DK2W7A0W214120 MAZDA CX-3 S 15 January 2021
6G1FB4E31FL109357 HOLDEN Commodore S 15 January 2021
MR0HA3CD800702861 TOYOTA Hilux S 15 January 2021
6G1FB4E39FL109316 HOLDEN Commodore S 15 January 2021
6U9000RPS13025732 NISSAN Silvia S 15 January 2021
6G1EP4E20BL577076 HOLDEN Commodore S 15 January 2021
ACA21-0134841 TOYOTA Rav4 F 14 January 2021
MM0UNY0E300635866 MAZDA BT50 W 14 January 2021
KL3TF4889FB150624 HOLDEN Barina F 14 January 2021