REVS Check Free : Don’t Get Ripped-off When Buying a Second-hand Car or Boat Privately

REVS Check Free : Don’t Get Ripped-off When Buying a Second-hand Car or Boat Privately

REVS Check Free

REVS Check Free

REVS Check Free : Don’t Risk It

REVS stands for the Register of Encumbered Vehicles. It is a statutory public register which assists the general public, the finance sector and the motor trade. The register holds information about motor vehicles and boats that have been used as security for a loan from a bank, finance company, credit union or other credit provider.

Buy a second-hand car privately that has money owing on it, and you could end up with the car being repossessed – and you won’t get your money back. It’s the law.

REVS is a free service provided by NSW Fair Trading which can tell you if the car you’re thinking of buying is carrying a debt, and could be repossessed. A free REVS check will provide you with details of any encumbrances over a vehicle. This includes stolen or wreck (write-off) information for NSW registered vehicles or, if there is any money owing on the vehicle.

What you need before you do a REVS search
From the vehicle, get the Registration Number, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or chassis number and Engine number. You can usually find the engine number on the engine block and the VIN number on the chassis. If you have problems finding these numbers on a car, just ask at a service station workshop, or check with the manufacturer.

Before you search REVS, check that all these numbers match the ones on the registration papers. The same applies for motorbikes. However, for trailers and caravans, just get the registration and VIN/chassis numbers. REVS cannot do a check on the Registration number only.

Ask for proof in writing
If REVS gives the vehicle the OK, you can get a Search Certificate which gives you conditional legal protection against repossession due to the previous owner’s unpaid debt.

What’s free and what’s not?
A Search Certificate costs only $14.45
, and protects you provided you finalise the purchase by midnight of the following day. The Search Certificate will protect you for as long as you own the vehicle.

 

SEVEN EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN YOU BUY A CAR PRIVATELY

  1. Ask if any money is owing on the vehicle.

  2. Get the Rego no., engine no., and vehicle ID no. (VIN) or chassis no. from the vehicle.

  3. Confirm rego no., engine no. and VIN/Chassis numbers on the vehicle match those on the registration papers.

  4. Do a vehicle search on this website with these numbers.

  5. Phone REVS to purchase a REVS Search Certificate to guard against repossession.

  6. Complete transaction before midnight the next day.

  7. Arrange for current owner to repay the debt, if one exists. REVS can tell you how to do this.

 

NSW Motor Vehicle Registration Requirements

NSW residents considering the purchase of an unregistered or interstate registered vehicle should be aware that the vehicle will require an inspection by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority prior to registration in NSW. For further information contact the NSW RTA on 13 22 13.

 

REVS Check Free Help

Performing a REVS check on a vehicle will tell you if there is any money owing on it, if it has been stolen, if it is a wreck (write-off) or if the Police or RTA are investigating it.

If you purchase a REVS Certificate when buying a vehicle you are legally protected against having the vehicle repossessed by a finance company.

You will need the following before you can perform a REVS check:

The VIN/Chassis Number of the vehicle to be checked
The Registration Number (if any) of the vehicle to be checked
The Engine Number (if any) of the vehicle to be checked
A valid credit card if you wish to purchase a certificate

If you cannot find the VIN/Chassis number (stamped on the vehicle), contact the manufacturer. If the vehicle has a registration number or engine number, these details should be entered also.

If the vehicle being checked is unregistered you should specify this and leave the registration number blank.

If the vehicle to be checked is a caravan or trailer, be sure to select the ‘trailer or caravan’ box. Leave the engine number blank for a caravan or trailer.

If you have further queries please contact REVS on 13 32 20 or email to: support@revs.nsw.gov.au

 

REVS Check Free for Boats

What you need before you do a REVS search
From the boat, get the Registration Number, Hull Identification Number (HIN) – also known as BOATCODE – and Engine number(s), where applicable. You can usually find the HIN on the transom at the stern. If you have any problems finding these numbers on a boat, just ask at a marina service centre, or check with the manufacturer.

Before you search REVS, check all these numbers match the ones on the registration papers. The same applies for all types of vessels, yachts and boats. You can also check REVS for boat trailers on the Vehicle REVS Check page – just get the registration and VIN/chassis numbers. REVS cannot do a check on the Registration number only.

Ask for proof in writing
If REVS gives the boat the OK, you can get a Search Certificate which gives you conditional legal protection against repossession due to the previous owner’s unpaid debt.

What’s free and what’s not?
A Search Certificate costs only $14.45 if purchased over the Internet
, and protects you provided you purchase by midnight the following day. General telephone advice is free.

 

SEVEN EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN YOU BUY A BOAT PRIVATELY

  1. Ask if any money is owing on the vessel.
  2. Get the rego no., engine no.(s), and HIN or BOATCODE from the vessel.
  3. Confirm rego no., engine no.(s) and HIN or BOATCODE numbers on the vessel match those on the registration papers.
  4. Use these numbers to do a Vessel REVS check.
  5. Arrange for current owner to repay the debt, if one exists. REVS can tell you how to do this.
  6. Buy a REVS Search Certificate to guard against repossession.
  7. Complete transaction before midnight the next day.

The REVS for Boats service only covers NSW registered boats with a HIN affixed and 24 metres and under in length. Buyers of boats over 24m and/or capable of travelling in international waters should also check with the Australian Shipping Registration Office, Canberra.

 

FAQs about REVS Check Free

How can I do a REVS enquiry?

Via the Internet at www.revs.nsw.gov.au (from 2:30am to 11:45pm, 7 days a week) or by telephone on 13 32 20, weekdays 8.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm (excludes Sundays and public holidays).

What information do I need to purchase a REVS certificate?

You will need the details of the vehicle or boat that you are checking. For a motor vehicle, the VIN or chassis number, registration number (if the vehicle is registered) and the engine number (if applicable). For a boat you will need the NSW registration number, the HIN (Hull Identification Number) and the engine number(s) (if applicable).

NB. The VIN/HIN is the prime identifier of the vehicle/boat and it is critical that you provide the correct number when doing your REVS check. Failure to provide the correct number will cause your REVS certificate to be invalid.

What type of information does the REVS certificate provide?

Financial encumbrances  (i.e. money owing)

The REVS certificate will state whether or not a financial encumbrance is recorded against the vehicle or boat.   If an encumbrance is recorded, the certificate will state:-

  • the name and address of the interest holder
  • details of the vehicle or boat recorded on REVS
  • the date the interest was recorded on REVS
  • the type of interest e.g. lease, hire purchase, etc.

Other information

There may be other advisory information recorded about a vehicle or boat.  This includes –

  • Vehicles reported as stolen from NSW, Vic, SA and Qld
  • Boats reported as stolen in NSW
  • Written-off vehicle alerts from NSW
  • Other information, such as NSW registration cancellations for fine defaults.

NB: This information is advisory only, and is not guaranteed by REVS.

Does a REVS certificate cover encumbrances in other States and Territories?

Motor Vehicles.   A REVS certificate provides protection against financial encumbrances over vehicles in NSW, ACT, NT, Qld, Vic and SA.     It does not cover interests in WA or Tasmania. 

Boats.   A REVS certificate for a boat only provides protection in NSW.    If you are buying a boat registered in another State or Territory, you should also make inquiries on the encumbrance register there.

What is a written-off vehicle?

There are 2 types of written-off vehicles – a statutory write-off and a repairable write-off. A statutory write-off is a vehicle that has been damaged beyond repair and can only be sold for parts. A repairable write-off is a vehicle that is currently or has been previously written-off. The vehicle may have been repaired, inspected and reregistered.

How do I check a vehicle that isn’t registered in NSW?

NSW REVS can do a search on unregistered vehicles and those registered in NSW, the ACT, the Northern Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

If the vehicle is registered in WA, contact WA REVS on 1300 304 024 or at www.docep.wa.gov.au/revs/. For vehicles registered in Tasmania, contact the Vehicle Securities Register on 1300 851 225 or at www.transport.tas.gov.au/regstat/index.html.

Important NoteNSW Motor Vehicle Registration Requirements: NSW residents considering the purchase of an unregistered or interstate registered vehicle should be aware that the vehicle will require an inspection by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) prior to registration in NSW. For further information contact the NSW RTA on 13 22 12 or visit the RTA website at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/getnewrego/index.html .

Can I check a vehicle’s history?

NSW RTA offers a service that can provide previous details of a NSW registered vehicle (incl. motorcycle). For interstate registered vehicles, contact the relevant registration authority in that state for a vehicle history check. For more details visit http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/myrta/vehiclehistory.html

How do I check a boat that isn’t registered in NSW?

Currently NSW REVS can only check boats that are registered with NSW Maritime. Other boat registers include:

Queensland REVS 13 74 68 http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/

Western Australia REVS 1300 30 40 24 www.docep.wa.gov.au/revs/

Shipping Registration Office 02 6279 5921 http://www.amsa.gov.au/Shipping_Registration/

If you can’t check the boat on REVS, please note that you may be able to check the trailer (if applicable) for financial encumbrance and stolen vehicle information.

How much does a REVS certificate cost?

A REVS certificate costs $14.10

How can I pay for a REVS certificate?

By credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Amex), cheque, money order or cash (cash can only be accepted at a NSW Fair Trading Centre).

How long is a certificate valid for?

A REVS certificate is valid for as long as you own the vehicle or boat, provided that you complete the purchase of the vehicle or boat before midnight of the day following issue of the certificate.

NB. The VIN/HIN is the prime identifier of the vehicle/boat and it is critical that you provide the correct number when doing your REVS check. Failure to provide the correct number will cause your REVS certificate to be invalid.

What if I have a valid REVS certificate but my car gets repossessed because of a previous owner’s debt?

You should seek independent legal advice.

How long does it take to remove an encumbrance record from REVS once the car or boat has been paid out?

Once an encumbrance has been finalised, the interest holder has 14 days in which to remove the registration from REVS.

What can I do if the interest holder takes longer than 14 days to remove the encumbrance from REVS?

You can lodge a complaint with REVS about the late cancellation of the encumbrance by downloading the form, “Complaint – Late Cancellation of Interest” from REVS website (http://www.revs.nsw.gov.au/about/appforms.htm).

Complete the form and return it to REVS, together with evidence that the debt has been paid.

What can I do if there is an encumbrance recorded against my car or boat that shouldn’t be on REVS?

Send a letter of complaint to the General Manager, REVS, PO Box 972, Parramatta NSW 2150. Please provide details of your vehicle/boat and any information relating to the encumbrance. REVS will investigate the matter and if appropriate, may issue a Show Cause Notice to the interest holder. The interest holder will be asked to ‘show cause’ why the interest should not be cancelled from the Register.

I am about to purchase a replacement engine for my car. Can a REVS check be done on an engine number only?

No, a REVS check can only be done if you provide a VIN or chassis number with the engine number.

Can REVS do a check on a motorbike?

Yes, a REVS check can be done on a motorbike by providing the VIN/chassis number, engine number and registration number (if registered).

I am thinking about buying a car/boat that has money owing on it. How can I do this without becoming responsible for the debt?

Before you buy a vehicle/boat with an encumbrance, REVS suggests you take these steps:

1. Ask the seller to obtain a payout figure in writing from the financier.

2. Ring REVS and purchase a REVS certificate for protection against repossession of the vehicle/boat due to financial interests that have not been registered with REVS.

3. Make out two (2) separate cheques – one payable to the financier for the total payout figure and the other to the seller for the balance. Never pay the seller the full amount as you have no guarantee that he/she will pay out the debt.

4. Ask the seller and financier for a receipt. It is also recommended that you obtain a copy of the letter of discharge from the financier which confirms that they no longer have an interest in the vehicle/boat. Keep this letter with your REVS certificate.

5. Make sure that you finalise the purchase of the vehicle/boat before midnight of the day after the certificate is purchased. That is, if you buy a REVS certificate on a Thursday, then you must pay for the vehicle/boat (hand over the cheques to the financier and the seller) before midnight of the Friday. This sequence of events ensures that the REVS certificate remains a valid legal document.

Please note that as financiers have 14 days in which to cancel their interests with REVS once a debt has been paid out, the certificate may still show the financial encumbrance warning even though you have paid out the debt. The letter of discharge (or copy) from the financier is proof that the seller’s debt has been paid out.

I have bought a certificate over the Internet but was unable to print it. How can I print a copy of my certificate?

Provided that you wrote down the certificate number, then click here https://online.revs.nsw.gov.au/revs/SelectCertificate.htm , enter your certificate number and VIN or chassis number and you will be able to reprint your certificate. If you didn’t have time to note down your certificate number, contact REVS by telephone on 13 32 20 or email revs@services.nsw.gov.au with details of your vehicle and the date that the certificate was purchased and we will provide you with the certificate number.


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