Does this mean you?

A motor vehicle trader is anyone who is identified as a Motor Vehicle Trader in accordance with sections 7 & 8 of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 and carrying out a business in motor vehicle trading. This includes:

  • Importers
  • Wholesalers
  • Car auctioneers
  • Car consultants

You’ll also be treated as a motor vehicle trader if you sell more than six vehicles in a 12 month period, or import more than three vehicles in 12 months unless you can prove you’re not doing so for financial gain.

As a registered motor vehicle trader, you’re required to display a Consumer Information Notice (CIN) on all used motor vehicles you sell to the public. The CIN window card may include the Fuel Economy Label.

Find out more about CIN cards(external link)

Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003(external link)

How to comply

  1. 1

    Check

    Find out if the vehicle fuel economy information is available. You can do this with EECA’s Fuel Economy Label Generator – enter the VIN, registration plate, chassis number, model code or Japanese export certificate model code and variant.

    Fuel Economy Label Generator(external link)

  2. 2

    Print

    If the vehicle fuel economy information is available, you must print a label in colour or greyscale to display on the vehicle.

    If it isn’t available for the vehicle you’re selling, you’ve met you legal obligations. If you print and display the “Not Available” label from the Fuel Economy Label Generator, it shows buyers and EECA’s compliance team you’ve made a genuine effort to obtain a label.

  3. 3

    Display

    If the information is available you must display the label on the vehicle for sale so it’s clear and prominent, and obviously relates to the vehicle for sale. It must be easy to read from a reasonable distance, and either firmly attached to the vehicle and clearly visible from the outside, or displayed on an information stand next to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is sold, the label can be removed. A sold sign prevents any confusion for a recently sold vehicle displayed without a label.

  4. 4

    Show online

    You must display the fuel economy information as written text alongside the vehicle listing if the information is available at the first time of listing. You must include vehicle make, model, fuel economy (litres per 100km), running cost per year and star rating. On some trading websites the fuel economy information is automatically generated. Make sure you enter the correct details of the vehicle you are listing.

  • Exemptions

    You don’t have to provide VFEL information if you’re selling a vehicle to another motor vehicle trader, or advertising it in a magazine or newspaper.

  • Penalties

    Failure to comply with the Regulations can result in a penalty of up to $5,000 per offence (vehicle).

Imported vehicle requirements

Check for fuel economy information and print a New Zealand label. Vehicles produced in or imported directly from Australia can be sold with their Australian label, as long as they’re labelled as Australian imports.

Do you need to register?

If you run a business in New Zealand trading motor vehicles you probably need to be registered as a motor vehicle trader.

Find out more(external link)

  • Need some help?

    Contact us with any questions about compliance for motor vehicles.