How to do a PPSR Check in Victoria?

Where Can I Find the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer.

The VIN can be found in a couple of places including on the car's registration label (1), on the compliance plate in the engine bay (2) or on the passenger side windshield (3), or on one of the door posts (where the door latches when it is closed) (4). See the image below:

Look for the VIN in these other locations:

  • Insurance card/Insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration certificate


If you’re shopping for a used car in Victoria, it’s a good idea to run a PPSR check VIC before buying.

A PPSR search gives you access to data on the history of a vehicle. Importantly, it lets you know if a particular car is under current financial encumbrances, such as a loan or debt arrangement. These are also known as security interests. 
Did you know that if a previous owner has taken out finance against a vehicle and fails to meet their repayment obligations, that vehicle may be able to be repossessed at any time to cover their debt – regardless of who the current owner is? In such instances, you have no right to reclaim the purchase cost. Running a PPSR check is the easiest way to determine if the car you’ve been eyeing off is at risk of repossession, so you can steer clear of making a bad purchase and being left on the side of the road, out of pocket. 
Conducting a PPSR check VIC – previously known as a REVS check – will also reveal if a car has been reported as stolen or suffering weather damage and classed as a repairable write-off. While the typically low price of such cars might be attractive, don’t be fooled; many insurers won’t provide comprehensive insurance for them, and some states won’t permit such a car to be registered at all and will restrict any attempts to resell the vehicle.
Completing our easy PPSR VIN check means you know exactly what you’re purchasing, so you won’t get caught out down the road. 


Is a PPSR Check reliable?

The PPSR (Personal Property Securities Register) is an online database that is managed by the federal government. It has taken the place of the old, individual state-based Register(s) of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS) and tracks financial encumbrances attached to motor vehicles and other significant items of personal property. When you run a PPSR check VIC, you’re getting access to vehicle data from all states and territories of Australia, giving you a much more comprehensive car history than ever before. 
This alone makes a PPSR REVS check or VIN check more reliable than previous car history check options. But when you run a PPSR car check with us, the information provided regarding security interests against a vehicle is also supported by legal, government-generated certificates of verification, so you know you’re getting the most accurate information available when it comes to our PPSR search vehicle security check. 
Helpful hint: the closer you run a VIN lookup to the time of purchase, the more accurate the information provided will be. 

How much does it cost to check PPSR?

We offer two types of PPSR reports.
Our standard PPSR check VIC gives you a vehicle finance check (complete with certificate), stolen car check, vehicle specs, water damage report, and a vehicle registration check – letting you know if the car’s rego is current and what the expiry date is. 
If you’d like an in-depth report on the history of your chosen vehicle, our CarHistory report is the perfect resource for you. You’ll receive a suite of information on the following:


  • Manufacturer specifications like car model and variant, country of origin, year of production, engine and airbag details, transmission type, chassis number, and more; 
  • If the car is under security interest (i.e., any loan finance or debt arrangements that may cause the vehicle to be repossessed); 
  • Whether the vehicle has been written off by an insurance company or deemed unroadworthy;
  • A PPSR odometer check to ascertain if the odometer has been tampered with to make the car appear like it has done less mileage than it really has;
  • Whether any legal modifications have been made to the vehicle;
  • A stolen vehicle check;
  • Water and storm damage check;
  • The current Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety and emissions rating;
  • Its current valuation and market comparison.

Both our standard and premium car history check reports come with a government-issued PPSR certificate. If you’re not sure what PPSR check VIC looks like, get a sample PPSR report from the REVS check bar on our website.

How to do a PPSR check in Victoria? 

Our VIN check is 100% online, which means you can run a PPSR check VIC and get a comprehensive car history report from anywhere, at any time, from any internet-connected device.
To get started, you’ll need the VIN or rego and the state of the car you want to check. The VIN or vehicle identification number is a unique 17-digit serial number that you can find in several places on a vehicle. The easiest places to locate a VIN are (1) on the car's registration label, (2) on the compliance plate in the engine bay, (3) on the passenger-side windshield, and (4) on one of the doorposts (where the door latches when it is closed). You can also find it on its insurance documentation.


Once you’ve found the VIN, simply pop it into the search bar located at the top right and bottom of our website to get your report. 

You’ll then be asked to select which type of PPSR check you’d like (e.g., our standard or comprehensive CarHistory report) before completing the necessary payment and contact details required for delivery of the report. 

In a few short minutes, you’ll have an easy-to-read PDF report delivered straight to your inbox with the information needed to give you peace of mind on your used car purchase. Get your PPSR check VIC with us today!

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