Understanding written-off vehicle codes

What is a write-off?

A vehicle is considered a statutory write-off if it is declared as a total loss e.g. has severe structural or other damage or deterioration that prevents it from being driven safely on a road.

A vehicle is considered a repairable write-off if it has been assessed as being too costly to repair, but subject to state laws may be re-registered for road use if it has passed a vehicle safety and identity check.

Incident type

D
Dismantled - Legitimate removal of components for use as parts.
F
Fire - Damage caused by combustion.
H
Hail - Damage caused by hail stones.
 I 
Impact - Collision of some type with an object, for example another vehicle, tree or pole.
M
 
Malicious/Vandalism/Stripped - Intentional damage, for example broken door locks, glass window or windows, paint, scratched or stripped of all or a combination of interior and exterior body parts.
W
Water - Damage caused by water (fresh or salt) such as a storm, river or flood.

Damage location

Displays the top 13 damage locations of a motor vehicle, caravan/trailer and a motorbike.

14
Whole vehicle
15
Floor pan (passenger front)
16
Fire wall
17
Chassis/structural rails (passenger)
18
Floor pan (driver rear)
19
Floor pan (driver front)
20
Floor pan (passenger rear)
21
Chassis/structural rails (driver)
22
A pillar passenger
23
A pillar driver
24
B pillar passenger
25
B pillar driver
26
C pillar passenger
27
C pillar driver
28
D pillar passenger
29
D pillar driver
30
Engine block (cracked, fractured)
31
Transmission case
32
Differential case
33
Axle housing
34
Suspension (passenger front)
35
Suspension (driver front)
36
Suspension (passenger rear)
37
Suspension (driver rear)
38
Airbag front
39
Airbag side
40
Airbag curtain
41
Seat belt pre-tensioner

 

Damage severity

A
Heavy panel
B
Light panel
C
Heavy structural
D
Light structural
E
Unrepairable
F
Major mechanical damage
G
Minor mechanical damage
H
Major stripping
 I 
Minor stripping
Major vandalism
K
Minor vandalism
Water (salt)
M
Water (fresh)
N
Burnt/blistered
O
Smoke and heat

 

Where to get further information

To get further information on details in the additional motor vehicle section you can speak to the seller, who can contact the state and territory road agencies about enquiries, errors and corrections. 

PPSR cannot assist you with queries relating to any data returned in the additional motor vehicle – NEVDIS section.