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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.

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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

14 Whole vehicle

25 B pillar driver

36 Suspension (passenger rear)

15 Floor pan (passenger front)

26 C pillar passenger

37 Suspension (driver rear)

16 Fire wall

27 C pillar driver

38 Airbag front

17 Chassis/structural rails (passenger)

28 D pillar passenger

39 Airbag side

18 Floor pan (driver rear)

29 D pillar driver

40 Airbag curtain

19 Floor pan (driver front)

30 Engine block (cracked, fractured)

41 Seat belt pre-tensioner

20 Floor pan (passenger rear)

31 Transmission case

42 Battery Pack (NSW heavy vehicles only)

21 Chassis/structural rails (driver)

32 Differential case

43 Tow Point (NSW heavy vehicles only)

22 A pillar passenger

33 Axle housing

44 Auxiliary Equipment (NSW heavy vehicles only)

23 A pillar driver

34 Suspension (passenger front)

45 Hydraulic or other Lifting Equipment (NSW heavy vehicles only)

24 B pillar passenger

35 Suspension (driver front)

46 Rollover Protective Structure (NSW heavy vehicles only)

 

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
P
Minor smoke