Advice and Advocacy for the Imported Vehicle Industry

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Who We Are

VIA is the business association that represents the interests of all businesses involved in importing, preparing, wholesaling and retailing most used vehicles that are imported into New Zealand from Japan, Singapore and other source markets.


We work to advance the interests of the imported vehicle industry – now and looking into the future.


We provide our members and the industry with expert technical advice and access to specialised resources.


We connect our members with Government and wider industry contacts, to build their own relationships and create new opportunities.

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Stinkbug Update


Biosecurity NZ (MPI) has released an “Advisory to Industry” in relation to the new Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and Parts.

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Refrigerant industry best placed to take climate change action


New Zealand’s refrigerants industry has the potential to be at the forefront of action on climate change through product stewardship, says sustainability expert Darren Patterson.

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NZTA Suspends Repair Certifiers


As the result of NZTA’s ongoing review of certification processes some Repair Certifiers have been suspended.

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Latest Articles


Mind games: motivating smarter driving

When I was young, like most kids, I had toy cars. I built roads for them in the dirt and drove them about. How I played with those cars was a reflection on how I saw the world – with a bit of fun mixed in. A few months ago, I observed my young kids playing with their cars. They were playing very differently to how I ever did. They were making roads and then lining the cars up end on end.

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There's no such thing as a free dinner

On a crisp evening in mid-July, VIA welcomed senior industry representatives and Government officials at The Grounds Eatery in Henderson, for our annual Vehicle Industry Dinner. With the now-customary address by our current Minister of Transport, the Hon Phil Twyford, the event lived up to its growing reputation as “the” industry event of the year.

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What's in focus: ITS World Congress 2018

I am currently in Copenhagen for the ITS World Congress 2018, working to identify opportunities and risks for our industry in the world of Intelligent Transport Systems. This month’s column is a rundown on what I’ve observed so far, bearing in mind this year’s theme of “Quality of Life”.

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Industry Questions

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Consumer Questions

Just bought a car? Having Problems? Not sure who to ask?