Before buying a used car from a private seller, where possible, it is best to physically sight the car and the chassis number or the vehicle identification number (VIN). This will help you avoid being scammed.
Use the Personal Properties Security Register (PPSR) service to check:
if there are any security interests on the vehicle (for example an outstanding debt)
- vehicle details (such as make and model)
- registration status
- stolen status
- written off status.
The PPSR service is a national register for recording security interests in personal property, including vehicles.
You will need to quote the car’s chassis number or the VIN.
To check the vehicle status, visit the PPSR quick motor vehicle search website. Fees apply.
For information buying an unregistered vehicle, view our Unregistered vehicles page.