Do you know that the statistics for stolen vehicles in Australia is one in every 10 minutes? According to Budget Direct, NSW, QLD, WA are amongst the top four states for stolen vehicles, only surpassed by Victoria. Now, with only 1 in 5 stolen vehicles recovered, where do you think the other 4 of 5 cars are going? Apart from some that are scrapped for parts, the rest are sold to unsuspecting Australians thinking they are getting a bargain or a good deal on a used car.
This is just one of the reasons that buying a used car in Australian can be such a daunting prospect for buyers. Apart from knowing whether the vehicle was damaged and repaired, you now also need to worry about whether you are buying stolen property.
Using Revs Check to Prevent Rebirthing of Stolen Vehicles
A Revs Check is essential to protect used car buyers from being a victim of rebirthing. Rebirthing is a dubious practice where persons take the registration number for a vehicle registered in the WOVR and use it to sell a stolen car. This, in essence, gives new life to stolen property.
With a PPSR Search/RTA Revs Check, you can verify the car registration, VIN, write-off, and stolen status details before you ever put any money down. If the details aren't matching what the seller provides, then you know you need to double-check or forget the sale altogether.
There are other reasons why you need a Revs Check, and we've outlined most of them here in an article looking at Revs Check in Western Australia, one of the areas well known for car thefts. As you can see, it is essential that you conduct a Revs Check. And, if you believe that you are being sold a stolen vehicle, then contact your local police force in NSW, WA, QLD or any other state you're in.
What can you do to protect yourself?
We recommend that all used car buyers get a QuickRevs car history check before buying a used car. The report will only cost you about $6 or $9 depending on the type of search you run ? one of the most cost-effective options on the market. Spending less than $10 could save you thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money, or worse yet, that of a financial institution that you will still need to repay even if you later lose the car because it was stolen.
So, don't become a statistic. Don't be one of those buyers saying they should have or could have done things differently when it's now too late. Instead, you can make the necessary steps to protect your investment and prevent purchasing a stolen vehicle with a Revs Car Check.