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.
We all know driving carries risks. In 2015, Victoria alone saw 230 fatal car accidents on its roads. The accidents were caused by different factors, but more often than not, by the fact that drivers were sitting behind the wheel of road unworthy vehicles. 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 VIC rego check (or “rego check” when looking to buy a used car.
A VIC rego check will tell you:
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 simple VIC rego check sees right through it.
Lastly, you’ll also see if the vehicle is insured when you conduct a VIC rego check. 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.
All you need to conduct a VIC rego check 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. Here is the procedure for performing a check:
A VIC 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 REVS check, also known as a PPSR report or car history report.
will tell you about registration and insurance. A car history report, however, will also tell you:
No — all you need is the REVS check/PPSR report/car history report. It includes the VIC rego check information along with everything else. While conducting a VIC rego check might seem useful, it is superfluous if you already have a car history check.
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 $5.99 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!
It is easy to fall prey to scams when you consider buying from a private seller. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you are not conned.
The first step is to get either a VIC rego check or a full car history report to confirm that the vehicle is registered in the area. Note, visit the site beforehand and see the chassis or VIN before running the VIC rego check to avoid being handed a fake one.
Secondly, log onto the Victorian State Personal Properties Security Register and input the VIN or chassis number of the vehicle. Registered vehicles will be listed, along with their history (registration, financial details among others). A vehicle that would not show up on a VIC rego check is either unlawfully unregistered or being driven under an Unregistered Vehicle Permit (UVP).
Safety on the roads starts with you. Ensure you do your due diligence before purchasing a vehicle, or you may otherwise suffer consequences down the