The Importance of REV Checks for Australian Used Cars

Are you looking for used cars for sale in Australia? There are some excellent choices available and I will run through a few tips to point you in the right direction.


If you are interested in viewing a wide selection of Australian used cars under one roof, there is always the option of using a car wholesaler to simplify the process.

You can immediately inspect the cars of your choice and make a decision quickly. This type of supplier will also have mechanics on hand and will be able to offer an extended warranty.

There are also various car websites to help you narrow down your options and easily look-up car specifications and make comparisons with other makes and models.

Another option is to buy from a private seller, which might take extra effort on your part to view your options and organise mechanical checks and financing.

If you are contemplating buying a used car from a private seller, it is essential that you do a background check to avoid any nasty surprises in the future.

One such method is to do a REVS check (aka PPSR).

What will a REVS check include?

Most importantly a REVS check will inform you if the car you are interested in unencumbered and is free from any debt from previous owners.

It is essential that you don’t risk having your used car repossessed due to someone else’s debt.

We all work hard to afford an updated car and you could not stand to lose a significant amount of money.

Performing a REVS check is the surest way to stop repossession of your vehicle if someone else still owes money on it.

In the case that you discover the motor is encumbered you should not buy it unless you have proof that any outstanding payments will be made.

I also recommend that you purchase a history report which will feature information if the vehicle has ever been flood-damaged, stolen, had the odometer rolled back or written-off.

You will need to double-check to be certain that the engine, registration, and Vehicle Identification numbers are the same on the vehicle and on the registration papers.

A simple Google search will show you where to perform a REVS check and order a history report. 

Other Tips When Buying a used Vehicle

You should inform the seller before you go to the location that you intend to perform an encumbrance, mechanical and other necessary checks.

If this is an issue, you should pass on that opportunity and look at the next used car option.

You should request for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

It can be found on the vehicle registration papers, the engine, and often on the inside of the car doors.

With this, you can locate the cars complete history.

An independent mechanical inspection is vital unless you have specific training yourself.

Don’t take the word of the seller that it is in good condition! Once you have paid, it will be too late to get your money back!

Lastly, you can purchase a REVS certificate on the day that you take ownership of your new used vehicle. This offers another level against repossession.

Final Thoughts

If all of this sounds like a long and complicated process, you can always consider using an auto wholesaler to assist you. They will guarantee that there are no outstanding loans and will perform all of the other necessary checks on your behalf.

It simplifies the process and means you can be leaving the showroom in your new used car in a matter of hours.

For the best used cars in Perth WA, an excellent option is Westside Auto Wholesalers.

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