Obtaining a car history check

A full car history check identifies information on a used car including if it:

  • has money owing or if it is leased
  • is listed as stolen 
  • has been written off
  • speedometer discrepancy report. 
If you are buying a used car from a dealer, they are required to guarantee clear title which offers you financial protection in the event of an ownership or financial interest dispute. 

You should obtain the certificate on the day you purchase the vehicle  but before the transaction is completed.

Keep your certificate in a safe place as it is your proof that the vehicle was free of encumbrances when you bought it

Veda car history check

If you are buying privately, we strongly recommend you obtain a car history check. We can organise one on your behalf by calling us on 13 1905  

You will need to provide the vehicle’s registration number or Identity Number (VIN) or chassis number, and odometer reading. 

It’s important that you provide RACQ with the correct vehicle details as any error in the numbers will make the search invalid and the certificate will then offer you no protection.

What if the check reveals a problem?

If the check search identifies an issue, do not proceed with the sale. 

If the vehicle is leased or has money owing on it, the financial institution involved can take steps to have the vehicle repossessed from you. It would be risky to take the seller’s word that they will use the money from the sale to remove the financial interest, so we strongly recommend that you seek legal advice about the best course of action to take to protect your purchase.

A history check will also provide information about the vehicle such as paint colour; build date and identifying numbers that can be checked against the vehicle. Be very wary if the certificate details do not match the vehicle in every respect as this could indicate that the vehicle is stolen.

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