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Before a vehicle of any kind can be driven anywhere in NZ by anyone, it has to get a warrant of fitness. How easy it is for an automobile to pass its warrant of fitness often depends on how old it is. There are a few reasons for this. They will all be discussed in this blog post. So, what are the different problems that often result in a failed warrant of fitness? The following are seven of the hiccups that can occur causing you to not be able to drive your car due to not having a warrant of fitness. Let’s jump right into it!

You Neglected to Put Additives in the Petrol

One of the aspects of your vehicle that gets tested for its warrant of fitness is how high emissions are. One way to lower emissions is to put additives in the petrol beforehand. It does this by cleaning out carbon deposits that have built up within the engine.

The Tyres are Unbalanced

Many motorists will sort this problem the moment they are aware of it. However, not everyone does. Some folk will actually leave it until it gets so bad that eventually they experience severe trouble on the road, perhaps even having a serious accident. If one forgets to fix it before they take their vehicle in for the WOF, it will be found and they will fail.

Poor Vehicle Functionality

So, your car has stopped working properly, but it still operates within the confines needed to get you from a-to-b on the roads? If this is the case, it will fail its WOF. Your best bet is to take it to the mechanic for a good old repairing.

The “Check Engine Light” Is Illuminated

When the check engine light is illuminated, this is your car’s special way of telling you that it is sick. Sick in the engine. The worst thing you can do at this point is take it to get inspected for a warrant of fitness. It clearly isn’t fit. Of course, sometimes the car isn’t sick in the engine, and the light is coming on for no reason at all. The person giving the inspection will not care and will fail your car anyway. Get it fixed and you will have nothing to worry about.

You Didn’t Warm Up the Engine

When you go to get the inspection, be sure to drive around for thirty minutes or so to heat up the catalytic converter, oil and coolant. It ensures that everything is at peak performance.

Your Car is Overdue for an Oil Change

The older the oil in your engine is, the more hydrocarbons it will have in it. This will show up in the test, causing you to fail.

It Was Raining on the Day your Drove to the Test

When a car’s tyres are wet, they are more difficult to stay on the dynamo meter. Being wet will also cause the speed to be hard to keep constant.

These are the most common reasons because of vehicles fail its WOF’s every day. Also, if your vehicle is too old then you might find the fixup cost can go beyond the actual worth of the vehicle. In that case, you can look for the auto wreckers nearby and sell your scrap car for decent cash.

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