Selling imported Australian vehicles

Motor Vehicle Traders must disclose in the listing body if a motor vehicle was statutorily written off in Australia.

Trade Me is concerned that there is an unknown number of vehicles on New Zealand roads that have been through the statutory write-off process in Australia and then on-sold without the buyers being aware of the history of the vehicle. The consequences are compromised vehicle safety and pricing inaccuracies.

This policy comes into effect on 1 July 2016.

How can motor vehicle traders comply?

As part of our banned and restricted list, we require motor vehicle traders to disclose if they’re selling a vehicle that has previously been written off in Australia. 

This is the required wording:

"This vehicle was imported from Australia as a statutory write off. Buyers should ensure they fully understand the history of the vehicle before purchase."

We understand that importers of vehicles are fully aware of the history of the vehicle, as it’s recorded on the documentation accompanying the vehicle as it enters New Zealand.

Motor vehicle traders may also use NZTA or MotorWeb to check the status of the vehicle.

We recognise that the NZTA’s database (which MotorWeb uses) is a starting point but not a comprehensive data set.

If there is any doubt about a vehicle’s status, motor vehicle traders may wish to consider exploring the vehicle’s repair certification status as a lead. 

We expect traders to make best endeavours to determine the vehicle’s status and disclose if the vehicle was a statutory write off.

This policy covers Australian imports brought in NZ from 1 January 2011.


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