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Registrar may request a person to register

The Registrar has information gathering powers under sections 120-123 of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 (MVSA). These sections allow for information to be exchanged with the New Zealand Customs Service (to identify persons who import more than three motor vehicles) and the NZTA (to identify persons who sell more than six motor vehicles).

Where a person is identified as importing more than three motor vehicles or selling more than six motor vehicles and does not appear to be a registered motor vehicle trader, the Registrar will write to that person requesting they register under the MVSA.

Should you receive such a letter you will be required to do one of two things:

  • Register if you are carrying on the business of motor vehicle trading; or
  • Seek independent legal advice and if you believe you do not fall under the definition of a motor vehicle trader, write to the Registrar outlining your reasons why.

See more information on who is treated as a motor vehicle trader.


Last updated 11 June 2015


Trader obligations

Registered traders have a number of obligations under the MVSA. To find out more about these have a look at the Trader obligations.


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