Check My Ride


Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is a vehicle check?

  • A vehicle check is a pre-purchase vehicle check that provides information such as encumbrances (finance owing), write-off history, stolen vehicle notification, vehicle and registration details. Our vehicle checks also provide information about the Takata airbag recall.

  • Why should I buy a vehicle check?

  • If you are purchasing a used vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure there are no encumbrances (finance owing), and the vehicle has not been reported as stolen or written-off. If you purchase a vehicle that has an encumbrance, as the new owner, you would assume any remaining debt. Likewise, if the vehicle has been written off or reported stolen, you may not have any legal recourse. A vehicle check not only gives you peace of mind, it also gives you protection under the law as per the PPSA 2009 (Cth)

  • When should I buy a vehicle check?

  • It is recommended that you buy a vehicle check just before purchasing the vehicle. However, Check My Ride provides an optional extra to receive unlimited finance updates for 14 days. If you tick this option during checkout, you can check for finance updates on your vehicle just minutes prior to purchasing the vehicle. Our updates only take a few seconds.

  • How do I search for my vehicle?

  • Check My Ride provides several ways to search for a vehicle. On our home page you can search with the vehicle's VIN (a 17 character identifier) or registration number (number plate). For vehicles manufactured prior to 1989, you can search using the chassis number via our Chassis No. page. We recommend searching with the registration number (number plate), as this is the quickest and easiest way. If you are searching for a boat or jet-ski, you will need to search from our Boats page using the HIN (Hull Identification Number).

  • What do I get with my vehicle check?

  • When you purchase a vehicle check with us, you will receive an online summary and downloadable PPSR certificate instantly. We will also email you a copy of the PPSR certificate. Our online summary will quickly give you all the information you need. We will tell you if there is finance owing, write-off history, stolen vehicle notification, and whether the vehicle is on the Takata airbag recall list. We also present you with the vehicle and registration details. If you tick the option for unlimited updates during checkout, you will also receive a link that will allow you to get unlimited finance updates for 14 days.

  • What is a PPSR certificate?

  • A PPSR certificate is a document which is issued by the federal government (Australian Financial Security Authority) to list records of financial encumbrances (finance owing etc.), as well as NEVDIS data such as vehicle and registration details, stolen vehicle notifications, write-off history and Takata airbag recall information. We provide official PPSR certificates with all of our vehicle checks. We have provided a sample PPSR certificate below. Please notice the highlighted sections which provide details of encumbrances, write-off history, and stolen vehicle notifications. If no security interest exists in the PPSR Registration Details section, this indicates that the vehicle has no encumbrances (finance owing). If no records exist in the NEVDIS Written-off Notification section, this indicates that the vehicle has no write-off history. If no records exist in the NEVDIS Stolen Vehicle Notification section, this indicates that the vehicle has not been reported stolen.

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  • What is a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

  • The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a unique code that is allocated to every vehicle in Australia since 1989. The VIN should be 17 characters long, consisting of only letters & numbers, and cannot contain the letters I, O, or Q.

  • Where can I find the VIN?

  • The VIN can be found on a metal plate, which is stamped on the chasis of the vehicle, usually on the door frame or in the engine bay. The VIN should also be printed on the registration certificate & roadworthy certificate.

  • What is the PPSR?

  • The PPSR is the Personal Property Securities Register. The Australian PPSR became operational on the 30th of January, 2012. It replaced a number of existing registers including the Australian Shipping Register, New South Wales Register of Encumbered Vehicles, Queensland Register of Encumbered Vehicles, South Australian Vehicle Securities Register, Tasmanian Motor Vehicle Securities Register, Vic Roads Vehicle Securities Register, and Western Australian Register of Encumbered Vehicles.

  • Can I get a vehicle check for a pre-1989 vehicle?

  • Unfortunately no. Vehicles manufactured prior to 1989 do not have a VIN. If you have the Chassis No. for a vehicle manufactured prior 1989, you can get a Chassis No. check from websites such as REVSCheckAustralia.com.au

  • What if I entered the wrong VIN?

  • Unfortunately, we can't determine whether the VIN you entered was for the right vehicle. If you entered a valid VIN (17 characters long etc.) you will be charged.

  • Can I get a vehicle check for a boat, motorbike etc.?

  • We currently offer vehicle checks for a range of vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, trucks, trailers & caravans. You cannot get a vehicle check for a boat because they do not have a VIN, they have a HIN (Hull Identification Number). You can get a boat check from REVSCheckAustralia.com.au however.

  • Why haven't I received my vehicle check?

  • If the federal government PPSR database is busy, there could be a delay of several minutes before you receive your PPSR certificate via email. Alternatively, the email could be sitting in your junk email folder, so please check this first. You can always contact us and we will resend your PPSR certificate as soon as possible. There is no extra charge for resending a PPSR certificate.

  • What is NEVDIS?

  • NEVDIS (National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System) is the system which provides vehicle details such as stolen vehicle notifications, written-off vehicle notifications, vehicle descriptions, registration details etc. NEVDIS data is included in the PPSR certificate.

  • What type of payments do you accept?

  • We accept PayPal and credit card payments. All major credit cards are accepted.

  • Tasmanian stolen vehicles?

  • Unfortunately, stolen vehicle information is currently unavailable for Tasmanian vehicles via the personal property securities register. This information is freely available via the Tasmanian government transport website transport.tas.gov.au

Any Questions?

Our dedicated Australian-based support team is ready to answer any questions you might have. We ask that you please visit our FAQs page first, as there might be an answer already waiting for you.