We are working to reduce the number of stolen and written-off vehicles being fraudulently registered. We have set up 3 main safeguards to help consumers and businesses protect themselves against purchasing vehicles that have been written-off or stolen. These safeguards include:
- The written-off vehicle register records information about written-off vehicles.
- The Personal Property Securities (PPS) Register is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to get important information about any security interest over a second hand vehicle. The register will also tell you if a second-hand vehicle you are looking at is written-off or stolen.
Please note: The department can't provide any information about a written-off vehicle, other than what is shown on the PPS Register.
Written-off vehicle inspections confirm the identity of repairable written-off vehicles before registration.
On 14 December 2012 changes were made to the written-off vehicle scheme. The following information bulletins explain the changes:
The Office of Fair Trading's Car Smart Guide contains a checklist for buying a used car, which will help you avoid purchasing a written-off vehicle that can't be registered.