NSW Rego Check

In 2015, there were 261 fatalities on New South Wales roads. That says nothing of the total number of accidents — in fact, NSW has the highest accident rate in the whole country. There’s no question that if you’re planning to drive a vehicle, particularly a second-hand one, it’s critically important to ensure it’s up to code and safe.

One of the ways to do this is to perform a registration check when looking to buy a used car. Registration checks will tell you:

  • Whether the vehicle is currently registered
  • When the registration on the vehicle is set to expire
  • Check the status of the Compulsory Third Party Insurance and its expiry date
  • See if there are any restrictions associated with the registration
  • Confirm that the vehicle make and model matches the number plates

Why Is It Important to Check the Registration?

There are various reasons it’s in your best interest to check the registration of a vehicle before you purchase it.

Firstly, driving an unregistered vehicle is illegal and carries hefty fines. This is the last thing you need after shelling out hard-earned money for a vehicle. The vehicle itself may also be seized by police.

Secondly, checking to see if the registration matches the car can help you avoid buying a stolen or “rebirthed” vehicle. A “rebirthed” vehicle is a stolen or written off vehicle that’s been put back together using stolen or spare parts. The vehicle is then fit with a new registration plate — which itself may have been stolen — and resold. They’re typically not road worthy, are of dubious safety, and are entirely illegal.

Thirdly, checking the registration can alert you to whether the vehicle has been written off, as there may be a restriction placed against the registration.

How Do I Perform a NSW Rego Check?

All you need is the car registration plate — aka the license plate. Alternatively, if the vehicle was made after 1989 you can use the VIN, or vehicle identification number. The check is free and can be performed via the NSW department of main roads website.

How Can I Get More Information?

A rego check is a very basic kind of check. It’s quick and free, but also limited in scope.

If you want to learn more about a vehicle you’re interested in buying, you’ll need a car history report, also known as a REVS check or PPSR report.

A rego check will tell you about registration and insurance, and that’s about it. A car history report, on the other hand, will tell you:

  • The stolen status of the vehicle — Has it been stolen in the past? Is it currently listed as stolen?
  • The write-off status of the vehicle — Has the vehicle been written off? Was it a repairable or total write-off? If it was written off, why?
  • Any financial encumbrances — Is the car being used as collateral for any type of loan? Has the loan been paid off, or is it still being repaid?
  • VIN details — Does the VIN match the vehicle? What about the engine number?

This is all on top of the information provided by a rego check.

Do I Need a Rego Check AND A Car History Report?

No — all you need is the car history report/REVS check/PPSR report. It includes all of the information included in the rego check and more. There’s nothing stopping you getting the rego check as well — it’s free! — but it’s not necessary.

How Do I Get A Car History Report?

It’s easy! Simply enter the VIN of the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing into the bar at the top of the page. The REVS Check/PPSR Report/Car History Report costs just $5.99 and will be delivered promptly. You’ll then have all the information you need to make an informed decision about the vehicle you’re looking to buy. It’s that easy!



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