How to do a REVS check in New South Wales?

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


What is a REVS check? 

A REVS check NSW is a simple check that covers whether the vehicle has any finance owing. While the seller may or may not have communicated this to you, you’ll be provided with the relevant details of the financing if anything is owing. This is known as a financial encumbrance.  
The reason you want to know if the vehicle is under finance is so that you don’t inherit this debt unknowingly or find yourself in a situation where the creditor repossesses the car you just paid for.  Along with a rego check, a REVS check is one of the standard checks to ensure you’re not buying a lemon or setting yourself up for a headache later down the track.  

If you’re looking at buying a used car in NSW, you can find out everything there is to know about the vehicle by running a REVS Check NSW.

CarHistory provides the most comprehensive REVS check or VIN check in Australia, and all we need is the unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to do it.  

When it comes to buying second-hand cars, it’s a little wild west out there. It can be hard to know what to look for and how to find the right service. NSW REVS check to help you make the right decision. Not all sellers and dealers are out to rip you off, but unfortunately, this is an industry where it can be common to be sold a financially encumbered vehicle without you even realising.  
Financial encumbrance refers to when the car is under finance, meaning if you purchase the vehicle, you might stand to inherit this unknown debt. It could also mean that if the previous owner defaults on payments, the second-hand car you just purchased can be repossessed by the creditor to cover the remaining debt. Neither of these situations is ideal.

This is where a car history check NSW comes in handy.

The results of a REVS check NSW for buyers in this state will reveal anything that shows up on the Register of Encumbered Vehicles and if finance is owing on the vehicle.  
With over 5.8 million vehicles registered in NSW alone, the odds are that there are a few bad eggs among the second-hand cars on sale. To cover yourself, a REVS check NSW will quickly reveal the good from the bad because you don’t want to buy a car and acquire someone else’s debt.  
It’s also a good idea to run a comprehensive check on the second-hand car you intend to purchase. We can run a full vehicle report using the VIN search NSW and produce our CarHistory report that can access data on used cars no matter what state or territory they’ve been in.  
CarHistory can help when your experience doesn’t stretch to determining whether a vehicle is a lemon or not or if the NSW REVS check falls short. Simply visit our site, enter your car’s VIN, and we’re off and away. Our reports represent a modest cost for the peace of mind you will have knowing the exact history of the vehicle you're interested in buying.  

How much does a REVS check cost? 

If you want a detailed history report on your chosen vehicle, our CarHistory premium report is the ideal option for you. For $41.95, you’ll receive:

  • detailed information regarding vehicle valuation,
  • a registration check,
  •  a stolen vehicle history check,
  • whether it was ever written off in an accident,
  • whether it has sustained notable water damage, and 
  • whether the odometer has been tampered with (to reduce the mileage and up the sale price). 

The vehicle valuation will be especially handy for you as it will indicate whether the seller is offering a fair price. You might even be able to negotiate a better deal with it. So it’s really a no-brainer to run one to ensure you’re making an informed purchase. Meanwhile, our standard PPSR Certificate costs just $28.95. This small fee gives you a vehicle finance check (complete with a certificate), stolen vehicle check NSW, vehicle specs, water damage report, and a vehicle registration check to see if the car is currently registered as well as to see if the car has had any unsavoury scrapes in the past.  

How to do a REVS check in New South Wales? 

Running a REVS Check NSW is as easy as heading across to our Revs Check form right here at CarHistory. Enter your vehicle's unique VIN and get started.  
If the vehicle you’re interested in doesn’t have a 17-digit VIN, it may mean that the car was manufactured or imported before 1989, when the VIN became a standard for all vehicles registered in Australia. If this is the case, we may be able to run a REVS Check NSW using the vehicles Chassis number, registration number and engine number. 
Want to make sure you’re not buying a lemon? Run a REVS Check today.

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