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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

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.

Factsheet 44: Importing a motor vehicle [PDF, 99 KB]

Repaired vehicles are not removed from the damaged vehicle list.

Australian PPSR reports are available from the Australian Government. 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
MPBUMFE60KX252569 FORD Ranger S 6 December 2021
JM0KF4WLA00411362 MAZDA CX5 S 6 December 2021
WDC2539892F510938 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC S 6 December 2021
JM0KE107100205351 MAZDA CX5 S 6 December 2021
JM0KE103200356372 MAZDA CX5 S 6 December 2021
JM0BP2S7A01137776 MAZDA 3 S 6 December 2021
WV1ZZZ2HZGA019762 VOLKSWAGEN Amarok S 6 December 2021
KNAPR81CSH7255871 KIA Sportage S 6 December 2021
SJNFBAJ11A1250517 NISSAN Qashqai S 6 December 2021
1C4RJFEM9EC556428 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 6 December 2021
JM0TB10A5D0406824 MAZDA CX9 S 6 December 2021
JTELV73J10B021774 TOYOTA Landcruiser S 6 December 2021
1C4RJFMM4LC355857 JEEP Grand Cherokee S 6 December 2021
VSKCVND40A0382339 NISSAN Navara S 6 December 2021
KMHJ2814MLU127276 HYUNDAI Tuscon S 6 December 2021
JM0GJ103200201524 MAZDA 6 S 6 December 2021
MR0FZ29G602520432 TOYOTA Hilux S 6 December 2021
WVWZZZAUZGW012920 VOLKSWAGEN Golf S 6 December 2021
JF1GT7KL5MG119755 SUBARU XV S 3 December 2021
WVWZZZAUZJW272941 VOLKSWAGEN Golf S 3 December 2021