VIC Rego Check
We all know driving carries risks. In 2015, Victoria alone saw 230 fatal car accidents on its roads. 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 (or “rego check” when looking to buy a used car. Registration checks will tell you:
- Whether the vehicle is currently registered in Victoria
- 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 on the registration in Victoria
- Confirm that the vehicle make and model
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.
Primarily, driving an unregistered vehicle is illegal and carries significant fines. Any time a car is photographed by a speed camera, the registration plate is run and the police will see if the car is registered or not. In the event of an accident, plates are also checked. If it turns out the car isn’t registered, not only will there be fines, but the vehicle itself may be seized.
Secondly, checking to see if the registration matches the car can help you avoid buying a stolen vehicle. It’s not completely uncommon for stolen registration plates to be attached to unrelated stolen vehicles to try to hide the fact the car was stolen. A simply rego check sees right through it.
Lastly, you’ll also see if the vehicle is insured. Car insurance is compulsory in Australia (Hence compulsory third party insurance), and if you’re in an accident with an uninsured car, the price will be extreme.
How Do I Perform a VIC Rego Check?
All you need is the car registration/license number. 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 VIC department of main roads website.
How Can I Get More Information?
A rego check is a pretty simple check. It’s quick and free, but only gives you information on a very specific aspect of the car. If you want to learn more about the vehicle you’re interested in buying, you’ll need a a REVS check, also known as a PPSR report or car history report.
A rego check will tell you about registration and insurance. A car history report, however, will also tell you:
- The stolen status of the vehicle
- The write-off status of the vehicle
- Any financial encumbrances
- VIN details
Do I Need a Rego Check AND A Car History Report?
No — all you need is the REVS check/PPSR report/car history report. It includes the rego check information along with everything else.
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 and pay the $5.89 fee. 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!