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    WOF Pricing Hamilton

    Why a “Cheap WOF” in Hamilton could cost you MUCH more!

    If you’re like me you don’t really enjoy getting a WOF which can be a frustrating and sometimes expensive experience. Then there can be the hassle and disruption of being without the car while any repairs are carried out. This leads many of us to search for the “Cheapest WOF in Hamilton” to lower the upfront cost. This can often however be a trap as explained below.

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    Warrant of Fitness (WOF’s) prices range from around $35 to $70 in Hamilton. There are many reasons for the difference in Warrant of Fitness (WOF) pricing in Hamilton with some of them explained below. However in summary beware of the lowest-priced WOF’s!

    A vehicle Warrant of Fitness (WOF) is designed around keeping you, your family and everyone else safe on our roads. Done properly, a WOF in an auto repair garage should take around 40 to 45 minutes to complete with driving the car onto the workshop hoist, inspecting the car while up on the hoist, road testing and filling out all the necessary paperwork and invoice. This allows enough time for a comprehensive check of your vehicle, to meet the increasingly strict requirements of the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) Warrant of Fitness rules.

    The average hourly rate for an auto repair shop in Hamilton is around $105 per hour incl GST (with Dealerships much higher per hour, some at $138 incl GST). If a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) takes 40 to 45 minutes by a highly qualified and trained auto mechanic, then the auto repair mechanic needs to charge around $69 to $76 for the WOF.If the car mechanic is charging less than $60 for the WOF they are making quite a loss and therefore they are most likely looking to make up that income loss in other ways.

    Let’s take a look at some of the possible motives for mechanics to offer WOF’s from $35 to $60.

    • Some Hamilton mechanics might believe they can do WOF’s faster than 40 to 45 minutes, say every 20 or 30 minutes, but ask yourself, with driving the car onto the workshop hoist, inspecting the car while up on the hoist, road testing and filling out all the necessary paperwork and the invoice, how much time does that allow for a truly comprehensive and safe WOF inspection?
    • Some Hamilton mechanics might be quiet, and looking for extra work, so offer their WOF’s at a loss (under $60), in order to try to make it up by finding extra work on the WOF repairs. It is common for people to bring us WOF Inspection sheets where other workshops have failed many things, that we simply can’t find fault with! In this situation we sometimes recommend getting a new WOF, to avoid the hundreds of dollars in expense of repairing items that in our opinion should never have been failed.
    • Other auto repair workshops in their area are charging low WOF prices and they believe they have to charge the same low prices to stay competitive. This often happens where there are many workshops close together (such as in Frankton or Te Rapa). We believe it is better to be fully transparent with pricing, and charge a fair price for the WOF, and do a fair, independent WOF inspection, irrespective of what other local car mechanics charge for WOF inspections.

     

    These are some questions to ask when considering the lowest-priced WOF’s in Hamilton

    • Why are they charging below $60 for a WOF? (will this end up costing me more in money, time and frustration?)
    • What are their Google Review Ratings? (what do other people say about them?)
    • Are they likely to do a comprehensive, fair, unbiased WOF, keeping me and my family safe?
    • How professional and friendly are they? (For example, do they have a clean and tidy premises, best technicians, best regular training courses, quality record-keeping systems, modern and quality testing equipment)
    • Is there any added value? (For example, courtesy cars if the car needs WOF repairs, FREE car wash and vacuum and so on?)

    If you are still tempted by the cheapest WOF’s in Hamilton ask yourself, would I go to a doctor or dentist just because they are the CHEAPEST? Would I send my children to the cheapest health professional I can find?

    It is always a question of Value for Money, rather than the lowest price.

     


     

    VTNZ Warrant of Fitness in Hamilton

    At Grimmer Motors we work with VTNZ, to offer an independent, unbiased, fair and safe Warrant of Fitness to keep you and your family safe on the roads.

    A car WOF is $67, and a trailer WOF is $49.

    We are also a VTNZ certified repairer, meaning you get the best of both worlds. You can get your VTNZ WOF done with us, then you get the peace of mind of getting your WOF repairs done with us as Hamilton’s longest-serving and trusted mechanics (for over 85 years). If you need repairs and are happy with our written repair estimate, then you can also have your VTNZ recheck done with us, meaning the WOF process is fast and simple (no queues to wait in).

    If you are looking for a quality, safe, independent “one-stop-shop” for your vehicle Warrant of Fitness (and repairs) in Hamilton then come and see our friendly team at Grimmer Motors for a VTNZ WOF in Hamilton.  You get the benefit of being able to “book” your WOF with us so you don’t have to wait in line for ages at other Hamilton WOF Testing Stations.

    If you leave your car with us from at least 8.30am to 2.30pm we will also give it a free basic car wash and vacuum! For more information see WOF Special Offers

    If your car does fail the WOF, we will provide you with an estimate for the repairs quickly and free of charge.  We can then provide quality advice or repairs.

    For a VTNZ Warrant of Fitness (WOF) in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

     

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