- Step 1 - Budgeting for a road trip
- Step 2 - How to choose the best car for a road trip
- Step 3 - Where to look for a backpacker car
- Step 4 - Pre-purchase car inspection
- Step 5 - Pre-purchase test drive
- Step 6 - Car and Campervan Purchase Paperwork
- Step 7 - Rego (Licensing) & WOF (Warrant Of Fitness)
- Step 8 - Maintaining your car or campervan during a New Zealand road trip
- Step 9 - Safety tips to drive in New Zealand
Car and Campervan Purchase Paperwork
Where to find the right paperwork?
To find all the documents that need to be completed in order to finalise your car or campervan purchase we advise you to go to your nearest post shop. All have blank forms available to all car sellers and buyers. NZ Post has stores front in every city and often more than one. To locate your nearest NZ Post shop use their store finder.
For those that prefer to do things online, the NZTA website is a great resource offering most forms online.
Registration & WOF (Warrant Of Fitness)
A car or campervan cannot be sold in New Zealand if its WOF is expired or more than one month old. You will also need to take care of the registration of your vehicle in regular intervals during your road trip. Read our WOF & Registration article for more info on the subject.
Paperwork to be done when purchasing a car or campervan from an individual
This is not a form to fill up per say, but running a debt check is a must before purchasing a vehicle in New Zealand. It will guarantee that your vehicle has not been used as a guarantee on a credit. If it was used and the creditor fails to pay, your car might be repossessed and you lose ownership of the car. A debt check is quick to do online using Lemon Check, Auto Finder or Motor Web.
Certificate of registration
This very straight forward document displays who the current owner of the car or campervan is. Take your seller’s ID and compare it with the document, if it matches, job done!
Change Of Ownership
Get a MR13B form for yourself: a notice by the person acquiring motor vehicle. A A4 size grey and salmon pink form.
Get a MR13A form for the seller: a notice to say they have sold/disposed of your vehicle. A flyer-sized grey form.
Both forms are very straightforward and easy to fill. Expect a small fee when doing it online or dropping the forms at the NZ Post shop.
Paperwork to be done when purchasing a car or campervan from a professional seller
Consumer Information Notice (CIN)
This document is only supplied to you by a professional dealer and recaps all information about the car, such as the year of registration in New Zealand, the recorded damages at importations, the securities registered on the car and campervan and the contact details of the dealer. The document also includes a legal description of the vehicle with make, model, year, etc.
This document is also only supplied to you by a professional dealer. It details the terms of the sale and should be read thoroughly before signing. Note that some dealers might charge a “documentation fee” to draw this document. Negotiate to get the fee waived as it is a simple standard document.
Certificate of registration
This very straightforward document displays who the current owner of the car or campervan is. Take your seller’s ID and compare it with the document, if it matches, job done!
Change Of Ownership
The dealer will give you a MR13B form: a notice by person acquiring motor vehicle. A A4 size grey and salmon pink form.
The seller will fill a MR13A for: a notice stating they have sold/disposed of the vehicle. A flyer-sized grey form.
Both forms are very straightforward and easy to fill. Except a small fee when doing it online or dropping the forms at the NZ Post shop.
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