Why is a REVS Check Report important before buying a vehicle?

While some sellers may hide inconvenient details about the vehicles they are trying to sell, a REVS Check Report will not. The buyers will be able to know all technical, legal, and financial details about the vehicle they want to buy, information that could save them from seriously jeopardizing their investments.

Does Sellers need to know that I’m going to get a Car History Report?

In few words, yes. The actual vehicle’s owner must give you the VIN before you can get the report. These numbers work as ID for the vehicle and will be required during the procedure.

What information do I need to get a proper report on the vehicle?

You will only need the VIN number in order to access to the vehicle’s public information.

Where do I find the VIN number?

If the seller doesn’t know the VIN number for any reason, you can look it yourself. You can find it engraved on the engines and door posts, also recorded on the registration certificate or any other legal document related to the vehicle. You will quickly find a 17-character long number.

Why the VIN number I found isn’t 17-character long?

Without exception, VIN numbers must have 17 characters. If isn’t your case, you could have a typo while checking or the vehicle was manufactured before 1989. In case you double-checked the number and continues to have less than 17 characters, you would be unable to request a REVS Check Report for the vehicle as it isn’t properly registered on the PPSR database.

How long do I have to wait to receive the ordered report?

After you provide the VIN number and go through checkout, the REVS Check Report will be delivered digitally after a few seconds. If not, you can always contact us and get the situation easily solved.

What if the vehicle is encumbered?

Financial institutions who give a loan to the buyer in order to buy a vehicle are the real vehicle’s owners. The same happens when owners use their vehicles as collaterals to ask for bigger loans. If the loan payments continue, there should be no problems with the bank. But if that isn’t the case, such institution could repossess the asset, even if the new owner was unaware of the situation.

What if the vehicle is reported as stolen?

If the vehicle you want to buy happens to be reported as stolen, please, stop the negotiations and report it at a police station to get more information.

What if the vehicle is reported as written-off?

Depending on the State’s legislature, buying, registering and using a vehicle reported as written-off may be legal. Nevertheless, consider that many States make written-off vehicles unable to be re-registered. Depending on the exact location, get more information.

Will be the vehicle’s service details included in the reports?

No, service details aren’t included in reports as this information isn’t requested by the AFSA or road agencies. Public records only keep technical and legal data that could transcend in the vehicle’s major conditions.

Will be the information on the REVS Check Report absolutely accurate?

While official organizations do important efforts to force owners to provide legit information, this doesn’t mean that everything is 100-percent true. Nevertheless, the Australian Personal Property Act and related legal frameworks enforce the needed mechanisms to make vehicle owners compliant of such laws. Because of this, we know that REVS Check Reports are highly reliable.

Definitions You Should Know

REVS Check Report/PPSR Check Report

In Australia, the REVS Check Report is a document that provides rich information to civil individuals about the current status of a vehicle, especially on a financial level. As the legal framework was changed a few years ago, the REVS Check Report changed in different ways, including its name: PPSR. PPSR, which stands for Personal Property Securities Register, is basically the same thing. This national register also includes other valuable assets as boats and artworks.

Car History Report

The Car History Report digs a little deeper in order to cover additional aspects that the PPSR Check Report normally does not includes. Indicators as pollution and emission ratings, vehicle detailed description, sales listing history, and valuation are often present, being this alternative even more comprehensive.


The VIN, which stands for Vehicle Identification Number, is a 17-character number that is present on every single motor vehicle distributed in Australia. Before 1989, the VIN wasn’t used in the car industry, so there is no proper electronic register for those vehicles.


The AFSA, which stands for the Australian Financial Security Authority, is the official agency in Australia that is in charge of everything related to the PPSR, including enforcing the mechanism provided by law.


Under AFSA’s jurisdiction, NEVDIS is the public database that contains the information of all registered vehicles in the country. Also known as National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System, PPSR Check Reports uses information from this database as well. NEVDIS stores data provided by State and territory road agencies.


The encumbrance represents a financial commitment a vehicle can be related to if the actual owner got a loan in order to buy such vehicle in thefirst place or used it as collateral to get a bigger loan. If a vehicle is encumbered, the bank or any other financial institution that gave the loan could repossess the vehicle if the payments aren’t made on time.

Written-off Vehicle

When we refer to a written-off vehicle, this means that such car has been involved in a notable incident. Depending on each State’s legislature, a written-off vehicle will be treated in one way or another, but in most cases, it loses its capacity to be re-registered. There are different written-off scenarios: impact damage, fire damage, malicious damage, water damage, dismantled, unrecovered theft, hail damage, and refer jurisdiction.