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Quick motor vehicle search

Before you begin

You will need:

If you are an account customer you will need to log in and search by serial number.

Note 1. Any credit card or a Visa/MasterCard debit card.
Note 2. For vehicles manufactured before 1989, use Chassis number.
Note 3. If you do not have an email address, the information will still be available online.

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Fees
Online self service - $2.00
Assisted phone service - $7.00

Instructions

The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked with text provided below the image. You may stop the animation at any time by clicking the image again.

The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked with text provided below the image.

If you only have the Manufacturer's number, you will need to use the Search by serial number function and choose motor vehicle and manufacturer's number.

The Vehicle Registration Number (Rego) is not a form of serial number as it can be changed.

Beginning your search

  1. Click on the quick motor vehicle search link
  2. Click the continue button to be taken to the search page

Search and pay

  1. Enter your serial number into the VIN/Chassis number field. Make sure you enter the serial number correctly, or you may risk getting a result for the wrong motor vehicle.
  2. If the serial number is not 17 characters, choose when the motor vehicle was manufactured
  3. Enter your email address* so the PPSR can email you the search certificate and receipt.
  4. Enter your credit card details. The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.
  5. Click pay now. You will now be taken to the results page.

* If you do not have an email address, you may download the results directly from the results screen.

View and download results

  • If you have entered an email address, you will receive the search certificate, receipt and an information sheet.
  • If you did not enter an email address, please print or download your search certificate and receipt to save a copy.
  • For information about the PPSR vehicle search certificate, read Understanding motor vehicle search results.

Start your quick motor vehicle search now

Beginning your search

  1. Click on the quick motor vehicle search link
  2. Click the continue button to be taken to the search page

Search and pay

  1. Enter your serial number into the VIN/Chassis number field. Make sure you enter the serial number correctly, or you may risk getting a result for the wrong motor vehicle.
  2. If the serial number is not 17 characters, choose if you are trying to search a chassis number.
  3. Enter your email address* so the PPSR can email you the search certificate and receipt.
  4. Enter your credit card details. The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.
  5. Click pay now. You will now be taken to the results page.

* If you do not have an email address, you may download the results directly from the results screen.

View and download results

  • If you have entered an email address, you will receive the search certificate, receipt and a information sheet.
  • If you did not enter an email address, please print or download your search certificate and receipt to save a copy.
  • For information about the PPSR vehicle search certificate, read Understanding motor vehicle search results.

Start your quick motor vehicle search now

Why would I need to search the PPSR?

Before you buy a second-hand motor vehicle you should check that there are no existing security interests on it by searching the PPSR. If a security interest has been registered against the vehicle, it may not be debt-free and may be repossessed, even after you have bought it.

Make sure you search the PPSR on the day, or the day before, you intend to make your purchase, to ensure it is:

  • free from debt
  • safe from repossession
  • not reported written off
  • not reported stolen.

For more information on buyer protection, see Motor vehicle searching and buyer protections (this includes any exceptions).

What does this search cover?

A motor vehicle can include:
  • Cars
  • Buses
  • Trucks
  • ATVs
  • Tractors
  • Caravans
  • Motorbikes
  • Horse floats
  • Trailers
  • Boat trailers
  • Forklifts
  • Tractors
  • Utility vehicles (Utes)
  • Camper vans and camper trailers
  • or any vehicle capable of travelling at more than 10 km/h
    that has a total motor power of more than 200 W.

For information about the PPSR vehicle search certificate, read Understanding motor vehicle search results.

NEVDIS - additional motor vehicle details

Your search result may contain additional vehicle information. National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) data is sourced from State and Territory Road Transport Authorities and are the primary point of contact for enquiries, errors and corrections.  The Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) cannot update this information and provides it without any warranty; for any disputes, corrections or enquiries regarding the NEVDIS data, please refer to either the State or Territory Road Transport Authorities or the Police.

Takata Airbag recall

You are strongly urged to check whether the motor vehicle you are looking to purchase has been recalled to replace potentially faulty Takata airbags. These recalls affect a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motorcycles.

This information is not provided on your PPSR certificate, but can be located at the ACCC’s  airbag recalls list.  For more information visit https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/compulsory-takata-airbag-recall... (opens new window)

If you discover that the vehicle you are seeking to purchase is potentially affected, you should contact the manufacturer for more details.