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 frr@nzta.govt.nz

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.

Importing a motor vehicle

Repaired vehicles are not removed from the damaged vehicle list.

Australian PPSR reports are available from the Australian Government.https://www.ppsr.gov.au/(external 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
TMBMU9NS7N8032621 SKODA Kodiaq S 23 February 2024
W1N2477512J346983 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA35 S 23 February 2024
LSFAM11C4NA165180 LDV T60 Ute S 23 February 2024
KMHH351EMPU190665 HYUNDAI I30 S 23 February 2024
1C6RR7NM7KS685050 DODGE Ram S 23 February 2024
JTFRA3AP608036477 TOYOTA Hiace FS 23 February 2024
MPBUMFF50LX292888 FORD Ranger S 23 February 2024
MPBUMFF50KX263099 FORD Ranger S 23 February 2024
KMHS381HWNU427808 HYUNDAI Santa Fe S 23 February 2024
W1N1671612A295131 MERCEDES-BENZ GLE53 S 23 February 2024
JTDBB3BE00J039078 TOYOTA Corolla S 23 February 2024
JM0DM4WLA00106119 MAZDA CX-30 S 23 February 2024
ZCFC650D605404430 IVECO Daily S 23 February 2024
MPBUMFF50MX342654 FORD Ranger S 23 February 2024
MR0KA3CDX01317088 TOYOTA Hilux S 23 February 2024
1C4RJFEG4MC798696 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 23 February 2024
SJAAF34V2JC020181 BENTLEY Bentayga S 23 February 2024
LRW3F7EB8MC284509 TESLA Model 3 S 23 February 2024
WP0ZZZ99Z6S700137 PORSCHE Carrera S 23 February 2024
SMTDAD37HWL962498 TRIUMPH Bonneville S 23 February 2024