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Selling a vehicle

If you’re selling a vehicle it must have a warrant of fitness (WoF) issued no more than 1 month before the date you hand the vehicle over to the buyer.

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NZTA website

Checklist for sellers

This AA checklist for selling a car privately covers:

  • preparing your car for sale

  • advertising the car

  • viewing and test drives

  • documentation and change of registered owner.

Used car selling guide

You need to tell NZTA that the car changed hands as soon as you sell it — you do not want speeding or parking tickets that are not yours turning up.

Notify NZTA that you’ve sold a car

Personalised plates

If you’re selling a vehicle with personalised plates, and you’re leaving the plates on the car, you’ll need to transfer entitlement of the plates to the new vehicle owner. This is different from telling the NZTA.

You and the new owner will need to complete a Transfer of Entitlement form.

On the LicenSys NZ website in the section called Transfer of entitlement you can complete the form online on download a copy.

Online forms — LicenSys NZ

Send the completed form to:

Government Plate Manufacturer
LicenSys NZ Ltd
PO Box 22078
Auckland 1640

Personalised registration plates — KiwiPlates

Protect yourself

Wait for the buyer to show you proof that they’ve told the NZTA about the purchase before handing over the vehicle.

This proof could be the receipted customer section of the Notice by person acquiring motor vehicle form (MR13B) issued by an NZTA licensing agent.

Find a licensing agent

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