VTNZ goes the full monty

VTNZ goes the full monty

VTNZ2Vehicle Testing New Zealand has launched two safety inspections for motorists concerned about the changes to the Warrant of Fitness regime.

This follows the announcement from AA Motoring Services in February that it would offer a 16-point AA safety check at more than 50 outlets in New Zealand.

By the end of 2014, all vehicles registered from 1 January 2000 will either switch from a six-month to a 12 month WoF, or will remain permanently on an annual WoF.

VTNZ says it asked Colmar Brunton to conduct research last year to see if Kiwi drivers were concerned about the safety implications of the changes and to test the concept of a voluntary safety inspection service in between annual WoFs.

Following the results VTNZ has launched two new safety inspections to choose from – the full monty or the essentials.

It says that Colmar Brunton found that a many Kiwi drivers felt that a year was a long time to wait between safety checks.

Colmar Brunton found that drivers were interested in voluntary safety inspection services in between their mandatory annual WoFs.

The safety essentials inspection ($29) covers 16 items that are the most common causes of accidents such as brakes, tyres, lights and steering.

The full monty safety inspection ($45) is similar to a WoF and includes all of the essential items plus 24 extra items such as the suspension, engine/drive train, fuel system, vehicle structure and interior.

Currently a third of all cars going for WoFs don’t pass without some repairs says VTNZ. By getting a safety check in between annual WoF inspections, Kiwi drivers will be safer says VTNZ.

In comparison, AA members are entitled to two complimentary safety checks a year from their organisation.

VTNZ both of it’s new products are available from nearly all of it’s stations nationwide.

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