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Good news . . . Clarification of the rules means most hail-damaged vehicles will pass a warrant of fitness. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

Most of the vehicles damaged in the hailstorm which blasted Timaru last month will be able to be issued a warrant of fitness (Wof) while they await repair.

The NZ Transport Agency provided clarification last week to VTNZ and other Wof inspectors that most of the hail damage to vehicles was not considered structural damage.

Insurance Council of New Zealand chief executive Tim Grafton said this would help ease unnecessary pressure for those dealing with damaged cars.

“It was concerning to hear that Wofs weren’t being issued as it was not the understanding of insurers and repairers that hail damage would be counted as structural damage,” Mr Grafton said.

“Unfortunately, this also delayed many claims settlements, with insurers having to wait for NZTA clarification.

“It is great that this has been cleared up for those with affected vehicles, especially those that may wait a longer timeframe for repairs.”