Understanding Write-Off Codes on Your PPSR Report

Your PPSR will give you information regarding the write-off status, if any, of the car you’re considering purchasing. However, as these details are often given in strange-looking codes, it can sometimes be confusing to know what you’re reading.

 Write-off codes have three parts to them made up of numbers and letters. The pattern is always  letter, number, letter.

 The first part tells you the type of incident; the second part tells you where the damage is in or on the vehicle; and the final part tells you the type of damage.

 For example, H8B stands for [Hail | Roof | Light panel damage]. F20H means [Fire | Floor plan (rear passenger) | heavy stripping].

 The codes are as follows:

 Incident Type


Dismantled - Legitimate removal of components for use as parts.


Fire - Damage caused by combustion.


Hail - Damage caused by hail stones.


Impact - Collision of some type with an object, for example another vehicle, tree or pole.


Malicious/Vandalism/Stripped - Intentional damage, for example broken door locks, glass window or windows, paint, scratched or stripped of all or a combination of interior and exterior body parts.


Water - Damage caused by water (fresh or salt) such as a storm, river or flood.

 Damage Location


Whole vehicle


Floor pan (passenger front)


Fire wall


Chassis/structural rails (passenger)


Floor pan (driver rear)


Floor pan (driver front)


Floor pan (passenger rear)


Chassis/structural rails (driver)


A pillar passenger


A pillar driver


B pillar passenger


B pillar driver


C pillar passenger


C pillar driver


D pillar passenger


D pillar driver


Engine block (cracked, fractured)


Transmission case


Differential case


Axle housing


Suspension (passenger front)


Suspension (driver front)


Suspension (passenger rear)


Suspension (driver rear)


Airbag front


Airbag side


Airbag curtain


Seat belt pre-tensioner

 Damage Severity


Heavy panel


Light panel


Heavy structural


Light structural




Major mechanical damage


Minor mechanical damage


Major stripping


Minor stripping


Major vandalism


Minor vandalism


Water (salt)


Water (fresh)




Smoke and heat

 These codes are standardised across the country, so any time you get a damage report, be it through a PPSR or insurance claim, you can reference this list and see what it means.

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