In PPSR Release R5.a, the written-off information will be improved. It will 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).
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]:
More information regarding your PPSR motor vehicle search can be found at the understanding motor vehicle search page.