HOW MUCH does LVV Certification cost?

We are often asked what LVV Certification costs, and sometimes why it costs so much. There are many different types of certification, from very basic (adjustable suspension, or an engine swap), right up to full certification of a scratch-built vehicle. Therefore, prices will vary considerably dependant upon the extent of the modifications, and the number of times a certifier needs to re-inspect the vehicle if rectifications are required.

To follow are some 'ball park figures' for common LVV Certification types, taken from actual certifications.

Note: The prices below are indicative only and must not be used to base any quote or estimate. Your certification may require additional approvals or processes, dependant upon the modifications. Always check with your LVV Certifier first!

  • 1) Typical seat and Seatbelt Anchorage fit-out for a taxi-van:
  • Starting from $500

  • 2) Typical modifications carried out to performance import vehicle:
  • Starting from $500

  • 3) Typical engine conversion:
  • Starting from $500

  • 4) Typical tarmac rally (Targa) car:
  • Starting from $600

The fees charged to a customer for LVV certification are derived from the time it takes to carry out the LVV certification inspection(s), fill in the required forms and form-sets, and prepare the associated documentation, which will be in the region of 2.5 hours for the more straight-forward certifications like a seat and seatbelt installation, through to 4.5 hours for a Targa car, plus in every case $164.00 for the certification plate fee (subject to change), and additional consumables including stationary, courier, telephone, and travel expenses. A complex scratch-built vehicle, can, with the many inspections and processes involved, easily take up in the region of 15-20 hours of time.

You can help to minimise the cost of your certification by reducing the number or re-inspections you require. This can be done by ensuring that all modifications meet the relevant technical requirements (LVV Standards, LVV Information Sheets, NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual) prior to your certification, and also that all modifications and rectifications have been carried out in a tradesman-like manner.

Remember that your LVV Certifier is carrying out his certifications in a professional capacity, much like an engineer, dentist or doctor, and as such, will charge a fair and reasonable hourly rate, taking into consideration his business costs and overheads, and the liability that each certifier must carry for the life of the vehicle while the certification plate remains.

We’ve put together a couple of examples, broken down into approximate dollar figures, so that you can see exactly where your money goes.

Note: The price break-downs below are indicative only and must not be used to base any quote or estimate. Your certification may require additional approvals or processes, dependant upon the modifications. Always check with your LVV Certifier first!

Certification of adjustable suspension and swap to larger capacity engine

Inspection Description
Approximate cost
Initial inspection, complete all formsets & documents
$150.00
EGE check (exhaust gas emissions)
$50.00
Phone and email advice, discussion etc if required
$50.00
Inspection re-check (x1)
$100.00
Download photographs and burn to CD
$25.00
Certification plate application fee, copying, courier etc
$200.00
Fit certification plate
$25.00
Total approximate cost:
$600.00 + GST

Certification of scratch-built vehicle

Inspection Description
Approximate cost
Chassis inspection, complete formsets & documents
$250.00
Bump-steer swing-check
$250.00
Travel costs (chassis inspection at owners address)
$100.00
Phone and/or email advice etc
$200.00
Inspection re-checks (x2)
$200.00
ONT – exhaust noise emissions
$200.00
EGE – exhaust gas emissions (including 1x re-check)
$100.00
Final inspection, complete all formsets & documents
$600.00
Download and sort photographs, burn to CD
$50.00
Certification plate application fee, copying, courier etc
$200.00
Fit certification plate
$25.00
Total approximate cost:
$2175.00 + GST
 

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