Always run a Quick Revs check before buying a used car.
It is a financially prudent habit and can save you from huge legal problems.
You can check a vehicle's registration details online. A free registration check includes: Rego Status / Expiry Date.
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 an NSW rego check when looking to buy a used car. Registration checks will tell you:
However, note that the NSW rego check only gives information about cars that have been registered to the New South Wales area. Vehicles that are registered in other states or those covered by Unregistered Service Permits will not show up on a basic NSW rego check.
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. Worse yet, 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 on the registration.
Finally, an NSW rego check supplies information about the compulsory third party insurer of the vehicle you are about to purchase. You can confirm that the car is indeed insured and that the policy is valid with the NSW rego check. That way you won’t meet unexpected costs (and fines) in the case of an accident.
All you need to conduct an NSW rego check is the car NSW registration plate number — aka the license plate. Alternatively, if the vehicle was made after 1989, you can use the VIN, or vehicle identification number. A point of note is that the NSW rego check is free and can be performed via the NSW Department of Main Roads website. You just have to:
An NSW 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 basic NSW rego check will only tell you about registration and insurance. A car history report, on the other hand, will tell you not only that, but also:
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?
No. If you conduct a car history report/REVS check/PPSR report, you do not need an NSW rego check. That’s because the car history report includes all of the information included in the rego check and more. There’s nothing stopping you getting the NSW rego check as well — it’s free! — but it’s not necessary.
Conducting an NSW rego check is only one way to protect yourself from used-car scams. If you are buying a vehicle from a private seller, ensure you look up the vehicle on the state’s Personal Property Securities Register website to find out if you will be taking on financial owing by purchasing the car. A PPSR check conveniently lists all the details pertinent to ensuring the validity of a used-car purchase. Note that the PPSR check or car history report will require you to spend money unlike the NSW rego check, which you can conduct at no cost.
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 $5.89 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. Simple!
Buying a used car can be a tedious process without knowledge as to the hallmarks that indicate a car is safe to purchase. By eliminating this uncertainty, an NSW rego check or car history report will give you an easier time deciding among all your legitimate registered options.