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

 D

Dismantled - Legitimate removal of components for use as parts.

 F

Fire - Damage caused by combustion.

 H

Hail - Damage caused by hail stones.

 I

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

 M

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.

 W

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

 Damage Location

 14

Whole vehicle

 15

Floor pan (passenger front)

 16

Fire wall

 17

Chassis/structural rails (passenger)

 18

Floor pan (driver rear)

 19

Floor pan (driver front)

 20

Floor pan (passenger rear)

 21

Chassis/structural rails (driver)

 22

A pillar passenger

 23

A pillar driver

 24

B pillar passenger

 25

B pillar driver

 26

C pillar passenger

 27

C pillar driver

 28

D pillar passenger

 29

D pillar driver

 30

Engine block (cracked, fractured)

 31

Transmission case

 32

Differential case

 33

Axle housing

 34

Suspension (passenger front)

 35

Suspension (driver front)

 36

Suspension (passenger rear)

 37

Suspension (driver rear)

 38

Airbag front

 39

Airbag side

 40

Airbag curtain

 41

Seat belt pre-tensioner

 Damage Severity

 A

Heavy panel

 B

Light panel

 C

Heavy structural

 D

Light structural

 E

Unrepairable

 F

Major mechanical damage

 G

Minor mechanical damage

 H

Major stripping

 I

Minor stripping

 J

Major vandalism

 K

Minor vandalism

 L

Water (salt)

 M

Water (fresh)

 N

Burnt/blistered

 O

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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