A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a serial number that is unique and used in the car industry to classify vehicles individually.
A VIN meets one of two standards set internationally:
- International Standards Organisation (currently ISO 3779 2009)
- US Standard FMVSS 115
There a is meaning for each character in each position that relaties to the model, make, vehicle details and year of manufacture;
17 characters is the length that a VIN must conform to;
The following characters is what a VIN must consist of: 0–9, A–Z (upper-case) prohibiting letters Q, I and O. This stops confusion with other numerals that are visually similar;
Each manufacturer of high volume is assigned a WMI, this makes up the three first characters of the VIN;
Low volumne manufacturers are assigned a character in the third position of the WMI as a 9, and characters 12–14 show the low volume ID.
A VINNER History Report is comprised of the data provided from the PPSR register and the NEVDIS database. A VINNER History Report gives you all the information you need on whether the vehicle you wish to purchase has any financial interests, has been previously written off or stolen, or had any evidence of odometer tampering or flood damage. Similar reports in the past used to be called a REVS Check.
The ACCC has issued a compulsory recall for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags with approx. 1 in 4 Australian vehicles are affected. The compulsory recall requires vehicles with defective Takata airbags to be replaced by 31 December 2020. Not all vehicles will be recalled immediately and some may have a future date for recall. Further details can be located here: Takata Airbag recall.
As part of the Australian Government response to the Takata Airbag Recall, the PPSR has been updated to provide consumers and industry with information about whether a car has affected Takata Airbags and is under Recall. Purchase of a VINNER PPSR Report will show you if the vehicle you have searched is identified as part of the compulsory Takata recall on your search certificate. ACCC collates all Takata recall data & provides a list of affected VINs to PPSR each month. Once a vehicle has been fixed the VIN is removed from future files. Important: As we receive the list each month vehicles fixed in that time won’t show as updated.
The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a national government database that since the beginning of 2012 has replaced the state based registers that previously existed.
NEVDIS is an acroymn for (National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System) and is the goverment body in charge of running a database that captures registrations of every vehicle’s VIN across Australia. One of the main tasks for NEVDIS is to submit new vehicle VINs as they are imported or manufactured into Australia, this ensures that the registration can be successfully completed by the appropriate Territory or State.
When a vehicle is imported, there is a VIN that is listed on the Vehicle Import Approval which is provided to NEVDIS Administration Unit (NAU) and they decode, validate, and then upload it so that registrations can be successfully completed.
NEVDIS only records VINs for vehicles that are built on or after 1 January 1989.
A VINNER REVS Check History Report is a comprehensive report of a used car's history, if you are purchasing a second hand vehicle it'll provide you piece of mind that the car, motorbike, trailer, truck or caravan you are purchasing has not been previously stolen or written off and repaired, or has no security interests against it.
Absolutely, we can provide these via our Chassis Search page
New South Wales has introduced new written off codes for registered heavy vehicles. These codes are now included in NEVDIS details. This additional information will help users understand the location of damage on a NSW heavy vehicle (like trucks, prime movers or buses). For more information about these changes see: here
The new damage locations which may be displayed in the written off section of the NEVDIS details are:
42 - Battery Pack
43 - Tow Point
44 - Auxiliary Equipment
45 - Hydraulic or other Lifting Equipment
46 - Rollover Protective Structure
The ACCC has issued a compulsory recall for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags with approx. 1 in 4 Australian vehicles are affected and the compulsory recall requires vehicles with defective Takata airbags to be replaced by 31 December 2020. Not all vehicles will be recalled immediately and some may have a future date for recall.
Further details can be located here
As part of the Australian Government response to the Takata Airbag Recall, the PPSR has been updated to provide consumers and industry with information about whether a car has affected Takata Airbags and is under Recall. The report provided by VINNER will show if the vehicle being searched for has identified as part of the compulsory Takata recall, on screen and on your search certificate.
Not currently, however we are investigating providing this solution. Please email us if this is something you want.
We utilise the eWAY payment network, and we never store any of your credit card details on our servers, they are sent directly from your browser to eWAY for processing. The diagram below outlines the flow of transactions.
Certainly, please drop our support team an email with the details of your transaction and we'll happily send you one.
Unfortunately not. VINNER provides motor vehicle information to you from the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) maintained by Austroads, if you have concerns about the data contained within your report, please contact the PPSR directly via the contact information contained in the report.
If you've entered a VIN and made a mistake and need to start again, just enter the new VIN in the search bar and submit again. If you have fully completed a transaction then unfortunately not, so please ensure the data you enter matches your required VIN number and what is displayed on the screen.
Absolutely. As Australian's we take pride in owning and running an Australian small business, and actively try to support other Australian businesses. Our website is hosted with VentraIP, our credit card payment processor is eWAY, our graphic was designed by Xpert Design. All the code is handcrafted by us in Sydney, there is no outsourcing overseas.
On average you should have your report emailed to you within about 3-4 minutes, however if the PPSR system is heavily loaded then the PDF generation can take a bit longer, sometimes up to 5-7 minutes. If you haven't received your report after 15 minutes, please check your email clients spam folder to ensure our email is getting through. Please note that the PPSR has a maintenance window on Wednesday evening between 9:00pm - 11:59pm (Canberra time), if you request a report during this period it will be sent after the maintenance has completed.
On average you should have your report emailed to you within about 3-4 minutes, however if the PPSR system is heavily loaded then the PDF generation can take a bit longer, sometimes up to 5-7 minutes. If you haven't received your report after 15 minutes, please check your email clients spam folder to ensure our email is getting through. If you still haven't received it after 30 minutes, please contact us providing the email address you used, the VIN you searched on and the approximate time and we'll investigate the issue. Please note that the PPSR has a maintenance window on Wednesday evening between 9:00pm - 11:59pm (Canberra time), if you request a report during this period it will be sent after the maintenance has completed.
At this stage we only support one VIN per transaction, however we looking at implementing this functionality in future, please contact us with your requirements.
Yes you can, for more examples and details check the Information page
Absolutely, we can provide these via our Boat Search page
Absolutely, we can provide these via our Boat Search page
The VINNER PPSR certificate is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, which is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. We suggest to use Adobe Reader for your operating system, it can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.
No, however we do accept PayPal or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) transactions. If you don't have a credit card no problem, sign up for a PayPal account using your debit card, it's safe, quick and easy and your details are secure with PayPal, we don't see anything other than your email address.
The VIN number can be found in different places depending on the model of car. Try checking your registration or insurance details to see if it's listed on those, it's a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters I (i), O (o), or Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0). The other places you can check are -
On the front of the engine, usually in a location that should be easy to spot when checking under the hood.
Near the front part of the chassis under the bonnet, sometimes near the window washer fluid bottle.
In a wheel well, possible one of the rear ones
Inside the vehicle in a doorjam, usually the drivers. When opening the door, around the rim of where the door would close.
On the doorpost on the drivers side. If you open the door and look near where the door lock is located.
Under the spare tire in the boot
In the section between the bonnet and the windscreen.
Yes, our website will only accept a full 17 digit VIN number.
Absolutely, we are a financially secure company utilising safe and secure web technologies and providers, our Australian credit card processor handles transactions for over 26,000 merchants. If you have any queries or concerns about our service prior to using or afterwards, just get in contact and we are happy to address any concerns you have.