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Buying a used car? Don’t forget to complete a PPSR search

The used car market is booming across Australia, but it’s important to be aware of the risks when buying a second-hand vehicle privately. If you or someone you know is in the market for a car, don’t forget to complete a $2 quick motor vehicle search on the PPSR.

A $2 PPSR search can help you determine if the vehicle is:

  • debt free and safe from possible repossession by a bank or financier
  • reported as stolen or written off; or
  • subject to the Takata airbag recall.

Knowing if a car has been reported written-off is particularly important in areas which have been impacted by natural disasters – such as the floods and hailstorms which have recently hit eastern Australia. Natural disaster damage can cause a car to be classed as a repairable write-off.

Repairable write-offs can cause problems – not only in terms of the value of the car, but because some states won’t allow registration of a written-off vehicle. Additionally, some insurers will not fully cover repairable write-offs.

For more information, visit Do a used car or vehicle search.

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