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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 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.

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.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
6G1EK55799L218576 HOLDEN Commodore W 25 November 2020
MM0DK2W760W318374 MAZDA CX3 S 25 November 2020
WDD1760432V043974 MERCEDES-BENZ A200 S 25 November 2020
1C4RJFGT8EC224405 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 25 November 2020
KMFWBX7KLJU943770 HYUNDAI Iload S 25 November 2020
JM0BN547810264645 MAZDA 3 S 25 November 2020
JM0KE102100240578 MAZDA CX5 S 25 November 2020
JM0BL10F200347040 MAZDA 3 S 25 November 2020
JM0BN547810210884 MAZDA 3 S 25 November 2020
VF11FL118J0783976 RENAULT Traffic S 25 November 2020
MMU148PK0KH614164 HOLDEN Colorado S 25 November 2020
JMFXDGG2WEZ000420 MITSUBISHI Outlander S 25 November 2020
JM0BP2H7601100400 MAZDA 3 S 25 November 2020
1C4RJFEMXFC879565 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 25 November 2020
MPBUMFF50KX250779 FORD Ranger S 25 November 2020
MR0HZ22G803518596 TOYOTA Hilux S 25 November 2020
JN1TBAT32A0057557 NISSAN Xtrail S 25 November 2020
WV2ZZZ7HZFH125088 VOLKSWAGEN Multivan S 25 November 2020
WV1ZZZ2EZG6019439 VOLKSWAGEN Crafter S 25 November 2020
6G1PD5E84CL648986 HOLDEN Cruze S 25 November 2020
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