The Department of Transport and Main Roads is working to reduce the number of stolen and written-off vehicles being fraudulently registered. We have set up three main safeguards to help consumers and businesses protect themselves against purchasing vehicles that have been written-off or stolen. These safeguards include:
written-off vehicle register, which captures information to ensure written-off vehicles are recorded
- Personal Property Securities (PPS) Register, which provides those planning to buy a second-hand vehicle, a quick, easy and inexpensive way to obtain important information regarding a vehicles encumbrance status as well as its written-off or stolen status. These checks can be purchased from the PPS Register website at www.ppsr.gov.au.
written-off vehicle inspections, which confirm the identity of repairable written-off vehicles before registration.
From 14 December 2012, changes are being 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.