Motor Works is a certified Christchurch Warrant of Fitness provider. Our team of authorised inspectors can quickly and thoroughly handle all types of cars, 4WD’s and trailers in an efficient manner. We’re your go to for a warrant of Fitness in Christchurch.
Our technicians will provide you with a detailed report and explain any identified issues or warnings.
What is a WoF?
A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular full vehicle inspection to ensure that your vehicle meets required standards, and is legally safe to drive on New Zealand roads.
Our comprehensive WoF inspection covers:
- Tyre condition
- Brake operation
- Structural condition
- Lights, doors and windows
- Windscreen, washers and wipers
- Safety belts and airbags
- Steering and suspension
- Exhaust and fuel system
How to Prepare for your next WoF
About 40% of vehicles fail their WoF inspection on the first try. Most of these are due to minor defects that could have been easily self-diagnosed.
It’s in our best interest for you to pass your Wof the first time and get back on the road quicker. So, here are six quick checks you can carry out at home to help increase the chances of passing your next car WoF inspection in Christchurch.
Check that all the lights work. For your back lights, it may be helpful to get a friend to check for you, or check them yourself using a mirror or window.
Also be sure to check for lights that shouldn’t be on. Address any warning lights that appear on your vehicle’s dashboard.
In order to provide enough traction, your tires must have at least 1.5mm of tread depth. You can use a 20 cent coin to easily check if your tyres have a safe amount. Simply place the coin into the tread and if you can see the whole number 20, then your tyre is near the legal threshold and you should get a replacement. While you’re down there, visually check your tyres for any unusual wear patterns or damage.
Also check the pressure in each tyre, and inflate them as needed.
Windscreen and wipers
Check that there aren’t any chips or scratches on your windscreen and that the wipers are full working without any screeching or smudging.
Check your seat belts are in good condition. Give them a tug, are they retracting well? Make sure they buckle securely and that there aren’t any signs of visual wear or damage.
Bumps, Thumps, and Screeching.
If your vehicle is making unhealthy noises, or experiencing any knocking noises or thumps when moving over bumps it could be a sign that your steering, suspension, or brakes may need repairing.
If you have any folded down seats, unfold them, and make sure to remove any car seats or large items from the seats and boot. This will ensure that all areas of your car are easily accessible for us to check.
Most of these problems can be avoided with regular vehicle servicing. Suspension, steering and brake concerns cannot be easily diagnosed at home and are best to get checked by an experienced technician. Motor Works can also address any WOF repairs that may need fixing.