Buyers beware of rego check rort

The State’s peak motoring body has warned Queenslanders of online registration check services which charged users for information already freely available.

It came as RACQ Motoring Advice received reports of authentic-appearing websites which asked unsuspecting users for payment of an initial fee in exchange for vehicle registration details followed by reoccurring charges. 

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith urged those who needed to check the registration status of a vehicle to use the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ free and trusted service.

“It’s really unfortunate people are getting ripped off for information that’s already available free of charge,” Ms Smith said.

“Double check the URL in the address bar and remember, if it doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t.”

Ms Smith said the Club offered the same advice to those procuring other vehicle checks.

“Regardless of what check you may need, it’s important you always go straight to the source,” she said.

“The Personal Properties and Securities Register offered by the Australian Government allows those in the market for a used car to check if there’s any debt owing on the car, if it’s safe from repossession and not written off or stolen.”

Free information and advice on buying a car or navigating unusual motoring situations was available by contacting RACQ Motoring Advice service