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Every business in the motor repair and servicing industry requires a repair business licence.
Vehicle and parts manufacturers are exempt if they do not actually repair vehicles. If you manufacture parts but do not fit them to a vehicle you will not require a licence. The question you must ask yourself is whether you actually repair, modify or service a vehicle itself.
However a body builder who modifies a vehicle by creating a new body is not considered to be a manufacturer and therefore must hold a licence.
Some services have been specifically exempted from the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 and therefore will not require a licence, these are:
Repairers do not need to be certified if they are repairing or installing accessories which do not affect the performance, safety or security of a motor vehicle.
Consumer Protection has developed the following guide for the repair industry to assist with understanding which accessories may be exempted from certification requirements.
The examples listed below are a guide only and are not intended to be an exhaustive list. If fitment of an accessory listed below would require work on other parts of the vehicle which do affect performance, safety or security (e.g. airbags or impact sensors), then work must be carried out by a certified repairer.
The replacement or installation of the following accessories are examples of work that may not need to be carried out by a certified repairer: