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Written-off vehicles

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.

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Last updated
28 January 2014