expired PPSR/REVS Vehicle Check - $3.40 @ PPSR.gov.au

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The PPSR is used to find out if there's any money owing on a car, or if it's previously been written off.

This is the normal price, there's no denying that, however many people don't realise how cheap and easy the service is. Many sites offer the same thing for $10 or more, when the standard government price is considerably less!

A few horror stories in the forums lately would've been sorted very early on if they had've consulted this site before buying/putting a deposit down.

Bookmark the site, after test driving the car you're looking at, sit in your car and generate the check, then decide from there if you want to purchase the car.

If deal link doesn't work, click through the main page here

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  • +14 votes

    Great work however this should really be in the forums as it is always that price.

  • +9 votes

    Great deal coming from an official government site. Used it myself prior to buying my first car. May help someone save thousands of dollars.

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      Agreed, great deal!

      Good idea to get this check before putting a deposit down though…

      (too soon?)

      • +1 vote

        Not sure about other States, but in Queensland the vendor has forfeited their right to retain any of the deposit if PPSR check shows a mortgage over the vehicle or that it has been written off and they have not disclosed that information to the purchaser. In some instances they may also be prosecuted (e.g. if they have intentionally falsely declared rather than just not been aware).

    • +1 vote

      Fantastic deal Spackbace.

  • +1 vote

    Worth every cent. Thanks for sharing.

  • +15 votes

    I think this should stay as a deal not get deleted…. you are right, people dont realise how cheap it is and buy a dud…

  • +2 votes

    I've used this one and the more expensive sites before. The only difference is the report from the more expensive sites is prettier which isn't necessary at all when you only need the information.

  • +5 votes

    thanks spaceback!, it deserves to be on the front page for while and add it to wiki!

  • +1 vote

    Great post. I think it could be improved with the first paragraph explaining what the site is for (checking if money is owed on a car or it has been written off).

    • +2 votes

      It's in the 2nd 'paragraph' :P

      Edit But you're right, that way it shows/explains it on the front page :)

      • +2 votes

        The second sentence doesn't appear when you look at lists of deals. This means people need to click through to understand the deal.

  • +42 votes

    This should be free compulsory check and funded by the government via stamp duty taken on vehicle transfer. Would ensure no one buying a car is ever misled or deceived by an untrustworthy seller

    • +1 vote

      I also don't understand why they charge for this. They already charge so many different fees for vehicle / license ownership.

    • +1 vote

      In NSW the old REVs system used to be free to search but then you had to pay ~$15 to get a certificate guaranteeing that the vehicle was free of encumbrances. I beleive one of the flaws though was that it wouldn't always show encumbrances from other states.

      The PPSR system on the other hand is nationwide but whilst it's an important check to do, it doesn't come with a guarantee that the title is clear…

  • +1 vote

    Double or triple check you VIN number because you don't get a second chance.

    Can be used on other assets like trucks, trailers, boats, caravans, bikes etc.

  • +6 votes

    does this help ensure my 80K car is really worth 80K?

  • +1 vote

    A good one. I've used it many time when buying a used car and almost always what seemed to be a good deal turned out to be a "repairable write-off" vehicle. Funny how those sellers behave when you tell them. I really think South Australia should make it illegal to sell these write-offs.

    • +2 votes

      99% of the time they are full of it trying to mislead you. been down this road myself. Lucky I was quip enough to do my research and didn't buy the car and all a waste of time. Pretty disapointing ppl do this. So many people go down to auction houses and buy a write-off car 60% the redbook price, add some new tyres and car detail and re-reg and try to make a quick grand or 2. I think by law (at least in VIC) they are obligated to advise it (not sure what protections there are in place). That said consider buying from a licensed dealer where you are protected by Law even if you pay a little more. Could save you a lot more down the track

  • +3 votes

    Dang, for whatever reason I remember paying $15-20 for this last yr from CarSales. Thanks, will keep this in mind next time.

    • +3 votes

      Carsales only care about making the big fat cash.

    • +1 vote

      When this first whole revs/ppsr check thing started it was free.

      Sad to see that digital zero's and one's are getting so expensive.

  • -1 vote

    This should be in the forum.

  • +2 votes

    Great post for people in the market to buy a used car. I have used PPSR about 15-16 times so far. I highly recommend you getting PPSR well before you make a decision of going to inspect a car. It will definitely save the time and effort you'd spend :)

  • +5 votes

    Sorry Spackbace, while this indeed is helpful to people who don't know, and is the lowest price, this website should not be a vehicle for spreading public awareness. Otherwise, whats next?

    A deal for getting council approval before building a structure?
    A deal for washing your hands, because it reduces the chance of getting sick which costs several $100 worth of time?
    A deal the benefits of plumbed water, for those who haven't heard that it's cheaper than bottled?

    This should be in the forum, and I know you know that

    • +3 votes

      *A deal for getting council approval before building a structure? *

      I'd actually like this one.

    • +2 votes

      There is actually a difference:

      You can't get a planning permit from anyone else other than the local council.

      This is a deal because you can get the same thing but from a non-government entity for a lot more money (percentage-wise at least).

      Another good example is that in Victoria, you can obtain a current copy of any land title for less than $20 from the Land Titles office (may be a bit more if there are restrictions, covenants, S173s, etc. on title that you need to obtain a copy too): www.landata.vic.gov.au.

      Conveyancers, lawyers, etc. usually charge in excess of $100 for the exact same thing.

      Alternatively, you could ask the real estate agent for a Section 32 for free, but the copy of the title is usually a year old (as opposed to a day old if you get it yourself for the $20), and sometimes the Section 32 is incomplete e.g. leaves out the restrictions, which is arguably the most important thing and the reason why you would want to see a current copy of the title!

    • +1 vote

      I say its a deal because all those other examples will not be upvoted as much and will not get any notice

      • -3 votes

        Except most of the people who upvoted this, have already used this service!
        It's about ego more than anything

    • +1 vote

      this website should not be a vehicle for spreading public awareness

      Saw what you did there.

      I consider this a deal since not many ppl would have known about ppsr.

      When I purchased my car last year i was about to use a company that charges $20 for a report. However after surfing the net for a better price (I did check ozbargain but there was nothing), I came across a forum regarding ppsr and the more expensive reports are just a waste of money.

  • +6 votes

    Forum page or deal page, no matter to me. Thank you

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    As JV would say, " Is there any bargains?"

  • +3 votes

    I used this site a week or so ago on a few vehicles.
    A car at a "dealer" came up with encumbrance still on it and even the rego plates didn't match (checked the rego plates on the RMS site too as a cross check).

    Saved me a trip and potential headaches.

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    Not a bargain but appreciate the public awareness. :)

    • +1 vote

      I just tried 3 different NSW rego numbers on this and it couldn't find any of them.
      So I don't know which database its siphoning its info from.

    • +4 votes

      As above, tried a rego, couldn't find it, then a nice link to checkvin.com.au which wants $9.90 for this REVS check ;)

      Just seems like it's trying to forward you to the expensive option

    • +2 votes

      Just tried a QLD rego, not found, but it proposes a 9.90 search …

    • +1 vote

      Just a test using 123ABC

      Search result
      Rego 123ABC matches the following vehicles.
      Please pick one describing the vehicle most accurately, then proceed to checkout to receive the report.

      1992 MITSUBISHI MAGNA
      VIN *************0307
      1994 FORD FALCON
      VIN *************8921
      1994 NISSAN PULSAR
      VIN *************7761
      1994 TOYOTA CAMRY
      VIN *************9303
      1995 FORD FALCON
      VIN *************1179
      1995 MAZDA 323
      VIN *************1212

      Limited time offer $19.90

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    Does it go into detail on why something was written off?

    • +1 vote

      I did a PPSR search a couple of months ago for my written off vehicle and it only said:

      Refer to Jurisdiction, SA, 05 Oct 2016, Repairable Write-off

      It was a complete waste of money in my case (as I bought the vehicle at auction but just wanted to confirm what damage had been recorded).

      Government agencies should be offering this kind of service for free, to even charge $3.40 for it is wrong in my opinion.

  • +1 vote

    Wish I knew this before. I bought my first 2nd hand couple of months ago. Car only did 17k and the seller is an elderly church goer who lives in my suburb … so I just did the free VIN check on vicroads website. In hindsight I definitely still should have done a PPSR check even at $15.

    • +1 vote

      is there anything wrong with the car though?

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        It's all scratched up on all sides from bad driving.
        The front clearly has been impacted somehow. My best guess is someone with a towbar reversed into it trying to get out of parallel park, then did a runner.
        Dad reckons the back has been in a collision and the back panel replaced. Cause the back panel seems to be newer with a slightly different colour tinge, and cause of the way it's fused. (My eyes aren't trained to see so I can't say if I agree or not with him.)

        PPSR showing nothing for me though.

  • -2 votes

    i don't think this is a bargain but it's great advise!

  • -2 votes

    Upvoting for public awareness. Not because its a deal.

  • +1 vote

    I thought the ppsr site was common knowledge…

  •  

    Good information, but it belongs in the forums.

    • +1 vote

      I'm glad it's here. I don't read the forums, and I'd expect the majority of ozB users wouldn't either.

  •  

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful info. I was not aware of this and I was about to pay $9.90.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks for the heads up.
    Bargain to me as well as the forums.

  • +1 vote

    Another useful tip is……. getting the VIN to do the check is easy in QLD just by typing the rego here

    https://www.service.transport.qld.gov.au/checkrego/applicati...

  •  

    Comment to save! Thanks heaps

  • +4 votes

    I am happy for this to be here as the forums are hardly a place to discuss bargains any more.

    The forums here now exist as a place to complain about something or seek legal or financial advice from complete strangers.

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    Vin check with vicroads rego check.
    Punch in rego.
    Spits out report with vin number.
    CtrlC CrtlV VIN to prevent mistakes.

  • -1 vote

    I've paid $15 before.. :/

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      Yeah that's just for rego expiry dates etc, nothing to show write off/encumbrance

      • +1 vote

        Other states allow VIN retreival apparently, which there are links to on the right.

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        Yea, the free one just give you if the vehicle is registered or not. After entering details, site offers you $22 for complete vehicle history report. Not sure if the content are same for what OP has listed or not.

  •  

    Thank you.

  • +2 votes

    honestly i've overpaid in the past using google's top returned sites, so thanks OP for letting us know this

  •  

    Used last time buying my car and avoided a fancy looking but written car! Worth every cent!

  • +3 votes

    As someone in the industry… it amazes me how people STILL buy cars/bikes/boats without doing a finance check.
    Also, state registration offices (VICROADS, other RTA's) should prevent transferring registration on vehicles with finance owing imo.

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    on tip also is to google the VIN if you have it before going to look at the car. I've found links to auction houses selling the vehicle as damaged 18 months earlier etc..

    Spackbace: I'm a bit out of the loop these days. Where do we stand as far as different states WOVR's being linked up? I remember a number of years ago, if a car was written off in one state it wouldn't come in another.

    Eg. VW Polo written off in QLD. Brought down to NSW, repaired and re-registered. On NSW WOVR that wouldn't have shown as a writeoff. (this was back in 2008 that the above happened to me - thankfully i checked the QLD register and didn't buy the car…)

  1. Gavman on 05/01/2017 - 11:47
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