When buying a used car in Australia, it’s important to check the vehicle’s history to ensure it hasn’t been written off by an insurance company. One way to do this is by checking the Written-Off Vehicle Register (WOVR).
The WOVR is a national register maintained by the Australian government that keeps track of vehicles that have been written off due to accident, theft or natural disaster. By checking the WOVR, you can find out if a used car you’re considering has been previously written off, and make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the purchase.
To check a vehicle’s history on the WOVR, you can obtain a PPSR (Personal Properties Securities Register) report. This report will provide you with a detailed history of the vehicle, including whether it has been written off, any outstanding finance on the vehicle, and any other important information. You will need the car’s registration number or VIN (vehicle identification number) to obtain a PPSR report. This information can usually be found on the registration papers or on the compliance plate located inside the car.
If a car is listed on the WOVR, it means that it has been deemed a total loss by an insurance company and should not be used on the road. It’s important to note that not all written-off vehicles are damaged beyond repair, and some can be repaired and put back on the road. However, these vehicles must pass a rigorous assessment by the insurance company and a Roadworthy inspection by an authorised mechanic before they can be registered again.
By using the WOVR and obtaining a $2 PPSR report, you can protect yourself from purchasing a used car that has been previously written off, which can help you to save money and avoid future problems. Always make sure you’re buying a car that is safe to drive and legal on the road.