Under the Motor Vehicles Sales Act (MVSA), any person whose business sells or trades motor vehicles must be registered. This includes car dealers, importers, wholesalers, and auctioneers and anyone who intends to sell motor vehicles, eg a trader on Trade Me.
You can ask a motor vehicle trader to show them their registration certificate with their trader number on it and the date their registration expires.
You can do a free search on the Motor Vehicle Traders Register either on line at the registry(external link) or by phoning 0508 MOTOR TRADERS (0508 668 678) to check the registration details on the CIN.
You can also find out who’s responsible for running a particular motor vehicle trading business and how to contact that trader, or search for traders who’ve been banned.
Unregistered motor vehicle traders can be fined by up to $200,000. Registration laws are enforced by the Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). You can make a written complaint about unregistered motor vehicle traders to the Registrar.
See Motor Vehicle Traders Register for more information.