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
JM0BL10F200301400 MAZDA 3 S 15 January 2018
JTHBF5D2305065927 LEXUS IS 300 S 15 January 2018
KMHST81XSDU027370 HYUNDAI Santa Fe S 15 January 2018
6G1EP4E21CL717363 HOLDEN Commodore S 15 January 2018
MMU148PK0GH642745 HOLDEN Colorado S 15 January 2018
MNAUMFF50FW465944 FORD Ranger S 15 January 2018
MNAUMFF50FW433944 FORD Ranger S 15 January 2018
6FPAAAJGSWRS83240 FORD Falcon S 15 January 2018
WBAHS720305G66355 BMW X1 S 15 January 2018
WB10A0505GZ356324 BMW K50 S 15 January 2018
JTEHD20V800010608 TOYOTA RAV4 WS 9 January 2018
JTFHT02P800178038 TOYOTA Hiace S 9 January 2018
JTNKN3JE40J505633 TOYOTA Corolla S 9 January 2018
JF2BS9KC2JG111954 SUBARU Outback S 9 January 2018
JF2BSFKC2FG010729 SUBARU Outback S 9 January 2018
MMAJYKL10JH001825 MITSUBISHI Triton S 9 January 2018
JM0KF4WLA00216077 MAZDA CX5 S 9 January 2018
JM0GL103100133851 MAZDA 6 S 9 January 2018
1C4RJFFM5EC442764 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 9 January 2018
KMFWBX7KMJU933633 HYUNDAI Iload S 9 January 2018