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Updates to written-off vehicle information

In PPSR Release R5.a, the written-off information was improved. It now include codes showing the location, severity and type of damage. This data is provided by the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS). Additionally, on December 5th 2018 further codes were added for NSW Heavy vehicles specific damage locations.

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.

Example of current written-off information:

Written off: Collision, VIC, 09 Sep 2008, Economic Repairable Write-off

Example of improved written-off information:

NEVDIS Written-off Vehicle Notification:

WA, 01 Sep 2010,

  • H14B [Hail | Whole vehicle | Light panel]

Written-off Vehicle (WOV) codes explained

The written-off information can be broken down into three parts:

  • incident type,
  • damage location and
  • damage severity.

The code will be displayed, and then decoded in the square brackets that follow.

Using the above example of H14B [Hail | Whole vehicle | Light panel]:

Incident type

Dismantled - Legitimate removal of components for use as parts.
Fire - Damage caused by combustion.
Hail - Damage caused by hail stones.
Impact - Collision of some type with an object, for example another vehicle, tree or pole.
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.
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

Heavy panel
Light panel
Heavy structural
Light structural
Major mechanical damage
Minor mechanical damage
Major stripping
Minor stripping
Major vandalism
Minor vandalism
Water (salt)
Water (fresh)
Smoke and heat
Minor smoke




More information regarding your PPSR motor vehicle search can be found at the understanding motor vehicle search page.