Correct as at 29th July 2021. It may be superseded at any time.

Extract taken: from NZTA Vehicle Portal > VIRMs > Entry certification > Reference materials > Examples of major structural damage and corrosion

71 Examples of major structural damage and corrosion

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71-1 Under-body damage: Crushing of floor pan stiffening members

The damage in these images is within the threshold and do not need repair certification (the damage is non-structural)

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71-2 Under body damage: Splitting of seam wells

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71-3 Under body damage: Tearing of the metal

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71-4 Damage to rocker panels

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71-5 Rear quarter/dogleg

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71-6 Dogleg flag

Look for discrepancies in the door gap.

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71-7 Distortion to longitudinal rails: Front and rear crush zones

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71-8 Collision damage to steering or suspension components

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71-9 Damage to the vehicle’s outer body panels: Seam or joint integrity

Damage to the vehicle’s outer body panels which affect the integrity of any of the seams or joints installed by the vehicle manufacturer (and may have also caused secondary damage - further inspection may be required)

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71-10 Corrosion which has resulted in perforation or flaking of the metal: Nissan Terrano and Mistral

When inspecting Nissan Terranos or Mistrals always check for corrosion of the floor under the rear seat (examples are shown in the first three photos below).

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71-11 Water damaged vehicles

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71-12 Heat and fire damaged vehicles

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71-13 Examples of repairs

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