How does CarJam provide free Basic reports?

The short version:

1. Where a vehicle is not already in our cache (free data) registered users can use  three free Basic reports per month which will pull current data from the Motor Vehicle Register, at Carjam’s expense.
2. Where a vehicle is already in the cache and the WOF and rego are still current, we display the expiry dates. No update needed by User.
3. Where a vehicle is already in our cache and the WOF and rego are expired, we no longer show any dates, as this was confusing many users. In those instances, a User will now have to purchase a report at their own expense to access up to date information from the Motor Vehicle Register. These changes have become necessary as Carjam is currently paying for the “free” reports and is no longer able to absorb that cost in delivering millions of reports per month.
4.Users can choose and allocate a certain number of vehicle plates as ‘favourites’. Carjam will then pay for these select plates to be regularly updated so the users will no longer have to ‘update’ them manually and the user will be sent alerts to remind you that a WOF, rego or COF is nearing expiry.

Industry fights back against car theft

From the Hawkes Bay Today’s Article: “During the last financial year, 512 vehicles were stolen across the region – a big drop on the previous year – with only 21.1 per cent of cases resolved by police. Auto Supplies Napier owner Paul Brown said the company used the CarJam website to check the ownership status of any car which came to them. ”



Batch Reports

Sometimes, you need to get information on large number of vehicles. You can now do so using CarJam’s Batch Report function.


  • Submit batches of registration plate numbers or VINs.
  • Execute overnight or run as soon as possbile.
  • Export results into CSV files.

Try it today




Vehicle Manuals for Japanese Imports.

These handbooks has been translated from the original Japanese handbook into English and are very professional publications with full illustrations.

All the information you need to know about your vehicle is in these manuals to give you peace of mind when operating your vehicle.

These handbooks are great to compliment your vehicle and add value for resale.

We have more than 270 of them. Browse Catalog.


Photo Uploads Feature

Carjam has added a feature we have been discussing for a long time which we think is going to really make a lot of people happy!


Campbell Live: First-time car owner shocked by repo visit

Check out this story of one young guy’s bad luck buying a car without getting a “registered debt/money owing” report from Carjam (Campbell Live Tuesday 12th July): “Buying your first car can be a mixed experience.  Getting the money together, not buying a lemon, finding the car that feels right for you. We talked to a young man who thought he had got it right, a good price for the car he wanted. And then the repo man turned up.”


Road Fever – recognize these “celebrity” Kiwi vehicles?

Do you recognize these cars just from the clue? Maybe from the CARJAM report on the plate?

No? OK – go on then check the answers!


Important Carjam Update

Carjam’s goal has always been simple – to provide the public with free vehicle data.

Although there have been many changes that appeared to have erased that possibility, we have introduced some new features that will see an eventual return to free reports whenever we can do that, which are explained at the end of this email. Please read the following information carefully as all of these changes affect you, our valued customers.


1st January 2011 Changes to CarJam

Government imposed fees have forced us to make the following changes to CarJam.


Lives could be lost due to government charges

Thousands of consumers are likely to end up buying illegal or unsafe vehicles due to a government proposal to charge for basic vehicle information, according to the motoring website