During the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown, the MVDT will be closed.

Any hearings that had been set down during the period of the lockdown have been adjourned. You will be contacted with new dates in the future, once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Tribunal is unable to process any new or existing applications during this period of lockdown, however you may wish to submit new information to the email address on the website.

Thank you for your co-operation.

If you bought a vehicle from a private seller and want to dispute the sale – you’ll need to go through the Disputes Tribunal.

Disputes Tribunal(external link)

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal is only for people who have bought a vehicle from a registered trader – or from a trader that meets the criteria for registration but isn’t. You can look at the Motor Vehicle Sales Act to find out more about the definition of a trader.

It’s a good idea to read the Consumer Protection website(external link)

It explains what to do if you have a problem and how to get it resolved.

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal deals with disputes of amounts up to $100,000. It can be more if both parties agree in writing.