Conducting a REVs check in Victoria

Before 2012, residents of the state of Victoria looking at buying a second-hand vehicle would conduct a car check against the Victorian Vehicles Security Register (VSR). This check was commonly known as a VSR Check, and alternatively a Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVs) Check.

The purpose of conducting a REVs check (or VSR check) before buying a used car enabled potential buyers to verify whether the vehicle had any financial encumbrances or had been written-off. In most cases, having a financial encumbrance on a vehicle would mean that there would be a risk of having the vehicle seized if the current owner does not pay the debt. If a car was previously written-off, buyers would have to be notified by the seller. Sometimes this detail is omitted at the expense of the buyer, who would inherit any issues relating to owning a car that was once marked as damaged to the extent that its salvage and repair value is more than its market value.

Since February 2012, all state VSR and REVs databases were migrated and consolidated into the nation-wide Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). The PPSR database holds information on motor vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, trailers, trucks and more.

A PPSR check for a vehicle in Victoria provides the following information:

  • Vehicle details
  • Registration status
  • Any financial interest on the vehicle
  • Reported as stolen
  •  Written-off check

In Victoria, you can also run a registration check for free on the VicRoads website here.

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  • Registration details
  • Stolen Check
  • Written-off Check
  • Finance Check
  • ANCAP Safety & Emission Ratings
  • Sales Price & Odometer Reading Comparison
  • Odometer Check
  • Vehicle Valuation
  • First Sale Information
  • Sales Listing Check
  • Vehicle Identification

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