A REVS check is a pre-purchase vehicle check that provides information such as encumbrances (finance owing), write-off history, stolen vehicle notification, vehicle and registration details. Our REVS checks also provide information about the Takata airbag recall. REVS stands for Register of Encumbered Vehicles. This register has since been replaced by the PPSR (Personal Property Securities Register), however REVS is still synonymous with vehicle checks in Australia.
If you are purchasing a used vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure there are no encumbrances (finance owing), and the vehicle has not been reported as stolen or written-off. If you purchase a vehicle that has an encumbrance, as the new owner, you would assume any remaining debt. Likewise, if the vehicle has been written off or reported stolen, you may not have any legal recourse. A REVS Check not only gives you peace of mind, it also gives you protection under the law as per the PPSA 2009 (Cth)
It is recommended that you buy a REVS Check just before purchasing the vehicle. However, REVS Check Australia provides an optional extra to receive unlimited finance updates for 14 days. If you tick this option during checkout, you can check for finance updates on your vehicle just minutes prior to purchasing the vehicle. Our updates only take a few seconds.
REVS Check Australia provides several ways to search for a vehicle. On our home page you can search with the vehicle's VIN (a 17 character identifier) or registration number (number plate). For vehicles manufactured prior to 1989, you can search using the chassis number via our Chassis No. page. We recommend searching with the registration number (number plate), as this is the quickest and easiest way. If you are searching for a boat or jet-ski, you will need to search from our Boats page using the HIN (Hull Identification Number).
When you purchase a REVS check with us, you will receive an online summary and downloadable PPSR certificate instantly. We will also email you a copy of the PPSR certificate. Our online summary will quickly give you all the information you need. We will tell you if there is finance owing, write-off history, stolen vehicle notification, and whether the vehicle is on the Takata airbag recall list. We also present you with the vehicle and registration details. If you tick the option for unlimited updates during checkout, you will also receive a link that will allow you to get unlimited finance updates for 14 days.
A PPSR certificate is a document which is issued by the federal government (Australian Financial Security Authority) to list records of financial encumbrances (finance owing etc.), as well as NEVDIS data such as vehicle and registration details, stolen vehicle notifications, write-off history and Takata airbag recall information. We provide official PPSR certificates with all of our REVS Checks. We have provided a sample PPSR certificate below. Please notice the highlighted sections which provide details of encumbrances, write-off history, and stolen vehicle notifications. If no security interest exists in the PPSR Registration Details section, this indicates that the vehicle has no encumbrances (finance owing). If no records exist in the NEVDIS Written-off Notification section, this indicates that the vehicle has no write-off history. If no records exist in the NEVDIS Stolen Vehicle Notification section, this indicates that the vehicle has not been reported stolen.
The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a unique code that is allocated to every vehicle in Australia since 1989. The VIN should be 17 characters long, consisting of only letters & numbers, and cannot contain the letters I, O, or Q.
The VIN can be found on a metal plate, which is stamped on the chasis of the vehicle, usually on the door frame or in the engine bay. The VIN should also be printed on the registration certificate & roadworthy certificate.
The PPSR is the Personal Property Securities Register. The Australian PPSR became operational on the 30th of January, 2012. It replaced a number of existing registers including the Australian Shipping Register, New South Wales Register of Encumbered Vehicles, Queensland Register of Encumbered Vehicles, South Australian Vehicle Securities Register, Tasmanian Motor Vehicle Securities Register, Vic Roads Vehicle Securities Register, and Western Australian Register of Encumbered Vehicles. REVS no longer exists, but is still commonly referred to with regard to vehicle checks.
Yes. If the vehicle is registered, you can search for it using the registration number (number plate) on our home page. You can also search for vehicles manufactured prior to 1989 with the chassis number via our Chassis No. page. Please note that un-registered or previously un-registered vehicles may not exist in the NEVDIS database, and will therfore not contain information such as write-off history, stolen vehicle data, vehicle and registration details.
Yes. We currently offer checks for a range of vehicles & watercraft including cars, motorbikes, trucks, trailers, caravans, boats, jet-skis etc. We offer watercraft checks for any vessel with a HIN (Hull Identification Number). You can get a watercraft check from our Boats page.
If the federal government PPSR database is busy, there could be a delay of several minutes before you receive your PPSR certificate via email. Alternatively, the email could be sitting in your junk email folder, so please check this first. You can always contact us and we will resend your PPSR certificate as soon as possible. There is no extra charge for resending a PPSR certificate.
NEVDIS (National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System) is the database which provides information such as stolen vehicle notifications, write-off history, Takata airbag recall notifications, vehicle and registration details etc. NEVDIS data is included in the PPSR certificate.
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Unfortunately, stolen vehicle information is currently unavailable for Tasmanian vehicles via the personal property securities register. This information is freely available via the Tasmanian government transport website transport.tas.gov.au
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