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need to and why do vehicles What is compliance, boat? I just drive it off the be complied — can’t
us, “In Compliance Centre told Chris from Real Motors production of motor cars the late 1990s all domestic and since then New Zealand in New Zealand stopped, of their vehicles.” has relied on the import for used cars continues “The key country of origin Japanese used cars imported to be Japan, with 11,286 for 91 per the country of origin last month — it was Not cars f or t he month. cent of all i mported used pr ocess t hat t he co mpliance many p eople r ealize has been Japan, once a vehicle actually starts over in export to New Zealand. purchased for permanent hrough a p re-shipment “The c ar w ill g o t for a biosecurity screening inspection. This includes Japanese deregistration, both the interior and exterior, to check for physical and a brief structure inspection The will be f lagged i f found. damage or rust, which database entered into the NZTA vehicle details are then the above are regulated by — all the stages mentioned NZTA. i n New Zealand, t he “Once t he vehicle arrives customs. a few more checks at car will need to clear of this certification. The result It will then go on to entry and f leet of safe, strong, procedure i s a n ationwide Zealand’s roads.” secure vehicles on New
How is a vehicle complied, looked for? and what is being
of t he braking system measures all f riction material t horough underbody while conducting an extremely t he car has been completed, inspection. When t hat of fitness inspection. continues onto a warrant
things needing to be What are the most common addressed for compliance?
amount of common problems “There are a surprising can however, most of them with vehicles from Japan, the car has come from. be attributed to the environment the is fitted with snow tyres, For example, if the vehicle region not be from the northern car will more likely than the roads get icy. of Japan. This is where he J apanese t ransport “Because o f t his, t ice so to the roads, to reduce department adds salt of this traction — the downside road users get better a cause most cars to acquire is the salt on the road will the underbody of the large amount of rust throughout car. in of general maintenance “Also, due to the lack consumable items such Japan, most of the vehicle’s mall su spension c omponents tyres, b rakes, a nd s t he t o be r eplaced during (bushings, etc.) will need compliance process.” f or entry certification “Once a v ehicle i s presented NZTA inspector authorized by [compliance], a vehicle r elating t o t he v ehicle, will oversee d ocumentation J apanese e xport c ertificate, including t he o riginal ownership, and identification. shipping documentation, the rest of the vehicle “When this is completed, he N ZTA d atabase. i nto t details w ill b e e ntered a VIN chassis numbers as Japanese cars use their ar will b e New Zealand t he c number, h owever, i n fitted on number, which will be assigned a 17-digit VIN the inside the engine bay or on a small plate in either edge of the door wells. the is then disassembled for “The interior of the car seat and seat-belt anchorages, inspector to check the t his t he tructure. While d oing as we ll a s i nterior s evidence of rust or previous inspector i s l ooking for here. is a zero rust tolerance repairs to the car — there h oist, a nd t he wheels, “It’s t hen l ifted o n a are removed. The inspector brakes, and under-panels
does involved and how long What are the costs it take?
yo u g o, e ntry c ertification “Depending o n where that up to $500, plus any repairs [compliance] can cost to factor to pass. You then need are required for the car on top. generally around $400 in registration, which is pretty quick, and we can “The whole process is working the road within three usually have the car on are required.” days, unless further repairs
what happens? If my car is heavily modified,
t o s ee modified v ehicles “It’s e xtremely c ommon culture due t o t he s treet-car coming out of Japan cars. When the car has and relaxed rules on modified be inspection, the car will completed the compliance LVV in a manner that requires ‘failed’ as it is modified an because it is fitted with Certification — for example, suspension. aftermarket set of coilover the have 28 days to have “The owner will then plate and an appropriate LVV modification certified do for a it’s just as you would fitted to the car. Then — t he car can be rechecked failed warrant of fitness and passed.”