NT rego check

Lemon. It's a word none of us want to hear when we've just bought a second hand car, but all too often, we find ourselves paying for not conducting thorough research before handing over the cash. Fortunately, there's an easy way to get peace of mind that a potential purchase is worth the money, and best of all it's free!

Getting a free NT rego check will tell you the registration history of any vehicle registered in the Northern Territory. By checking this information before buying, you can rest easy knowing you've done your due diligence, and are far less likely to end up stuck with a lemon.

What information do I get from a NT rego check?

Your NT rego check will provide you with the vehicle's:

  • Registration status;
  • Registration expiry; and
  • Next inspection date (if required).

Why does getting a NT rego check matter?

Aside from the peace of mind a NT rego check provides - showing that the car is legally roadworthy - the information you'll get from the free report can also save you from some serious repercussions, including:

  • Legal consequences: It is an offence to drive an unregistered vehicle on Northern Territory roads. If you're caught behind the wheel of a vehicle with an expired rego, you'll be up for a significant fine, the amount of which increases the longer your vehicle hasn't been registered.
  • An accident: If a vehicle hasn't had its registration renewed, the reason may be more than simple neglect on the seller's part. Sometimes, it could be because of a mechanical fault or failed inspection. In these cases, buying the vehicle without a NT rego check could mean you're purchasing something with a known fault, which could come back to haunt you in the event of an accident that causes harm to yourself or others.

How do I get a NT rego check?

Requesting a rego check should be one of the first things you do before buying a secondhand car, and fortunately the process is quick and simple. All you'll need to do is get in touch with the Northern Territory Government via its Registration and number plates portal or through the NT Rego app. Enter the car's registration number, and you'll be able to access the information. Alternatively, contact the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) call centre on 1300 654 628 or at mvr@nt.gov.au.

What if I want additional information that isn't in the NT rego check?

Of course, registration information is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you should be looking at before buying a secondhand car. While a NT rego check is invaluable, it won't tell you whether or not the vehicle has been tampered with, or if there is any debt owning on it that will transfer to you as the new owner.

To get the most complete picture of the vehicle you're looking at, nothing beats a PPSR report. As Australia's most comprehensive car history report, this will include:

  • PPSR search;
  • Stolen check;
  • Written-off check;
  • Finance check;
  • Odometer check;
  • Price/odometer comparison;
  • Vehicle valuation;
  • VIN check; and
  • First sale information.

What is a PPSR search?

One of the most important elements of a PPSR report is the accompanying search of the Personal Property Securities Register. The PPS register shows any security interests that have been registered for various types of personal property - including vehicles. If you don't check the register before buying a secondhand car, you'll be liable for any outstanding debts.

It's critical to know your purchase isn't coming with any unexpected financial baggage, which is why our PPSR reports include a comprehensive PPSR check to make sure there isn't any debt owing. Once you know that the car is debt-free and hasn't been modified in any way, you can proceed with the purchase in confidence.

Getting your PPSR report is quick and easy. Just enter your number plate or the VIN of the vehicle into the search box and we'll send your report instantly.