On-road costs (ORC) are the costs that come with getting your new car ready to drive. These costs include preparing your new car when we receive it from the manufacturer, a full groom, a full tank of fuel, new car registration, and road user charges (for diesel cars).

So, when looking at cars and checking out prices, remember to ask what’s included in the on-road costs (ORC).

What makes up On Road Costs?


Registration is a one-time fee that registers your car with the New Zealand Transport Agency – Waka Kotahi (NZTA). It covers the cost of adding your new car to the NZ Motor Vehicle Register and your licence plates.

This registration fee also includes licensing your car for the first 12 months (this is your ‘rego’).

You’re required to renew your ‘rego’ every 3, 6 or 12 months and keep your car licensed. Check out the NZTA for more info.

Inspection & Preparation

We make sure every car is in tip-top shape before being advertised for sale. Our technicians thoroughly inspect the car, test the car’s onboard computer and safety systems, and handle any software updates.

You can trust us to check the small things too, like setting the clock, programming the radio, and fitting accessories like a tow bar or roof rack. And, of course, we wrap it all up with a wheel alignment and a road test.

Warrant of Fitness (WOF)

After a thorough mechanical inspection, our technicians will do a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) check to make sure your car is safe to drive. When it passes, we issue a WOF sticker and put it on your car.

Your new car won’t need a WOF check until you’ve owned it for three years. When your WOF is due, we’ll let you know and help you book your car into one of our four convenient service centres.


You can’t beat that new car smell! When your car is groomed with us, it will look, smell, and feel amazing. From giving your new car a thorough groom to checking the paintwork and attaching new plates – we’ll take care of every detail.


When you get the keys for your new car, it’ll have a full tank of fuel, ready for you to take it for a spin. And, if it’s a hybrid or electric car, it will include a battery check, test, and charge, so you’re ready to go!

Road User Charges (RUC)

All diesel cars must have a valid Road User Charge (RUC) distance licence and pay Road User Charges (RUC). We’ll sort out your first 2,000 kms, so you don’t have to.

1-Month service inspection

When your new car’s been on the road for a while, it’s essential to check that it’s running just as it should. It’s also a good idea to let us know if there’s anything you want us to check or change, like your tech setup.

Your first car inspection is included in your On Road Costs. We’ll book this for you once you’ve had your new car for about a month.

How much are On Road Costs?

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