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ACT rules regarding repairable write-offs?

By ronafios - 24 May 2011 10

I bought a car on eBay – a 1980s Porshce 924. Sadly, the seller didn’t disclose that it was a repairable write-off. It has some very minor panel damage on one side (looks like it was sideswiped by a wheelie bin), but being a cheap car was obviously not worth repairing (hence written off). He bought it from Pickles, and I bought it unregistered from him. I had already paid when I found out, but it’s a car I’ve wanted for a while, and it was very cheap, so I went ahead with the purchase anyway thinking the parts value was still there if it was unregistrable.

But, I’m kinda keen to register it. Google tells me that NSW has now made it impossible to register repairable write-offs to stop dodgy things from happening. I tried sniffing around the ACT Rego site but couldn’t find anything specific regarding repairable write offs.

Wondering if someone has blazed the trail before me and could answer:

1) Can they be registered?

2) Does the panel damage need to be fixed first, or doesn’t that matter?

My plan was to get a roadworthy inspection, then book in for an identity check in Dickson, and hopefully get it registered. Then I can fix/paint the panels at my leisure. Yay or nay?

To add to the complexity, this car was a personal import in the 90s and doesn’t have a compliance plate… fortunately has been previously registered… LOL.

What’s Your opinion?


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ACT rules regarding repairable write-offs?
caznchet 6:54 pm 01 Mar 16

Hi

I realise this is an old thread and it might be better to start a new one but like ‘wildturkeycanoe’ says, it certainly does pay to get a REVS check (or similar) before buying a used car privately.

Yesterday I almost paid $23K for a late model SUV from someone in the inner north but luckily, I did the car check before handing the remaining money over. The car was registered in Victoria to a pensioner until Sept 2016 (I wasn’t told of the pensioner part but this would incur additional costs on my part so luckily I noticed) plus it was listed as an economic write-off but I was only told it had been in an accident and the back bumper was replaced. In hindsight, there were other things that didn’t add up as well but I loved the car and didn’t listen to my gut.

The seller now refuses to refund my $200 deposit but I’m not giving up too easily. If nothing else, I will use this opportunity to warn others about buying late model cars from vendors who are selling cars which are registered in Victoria but they have moved to town because of children attending Uni, and also have younger children attending local Canberra schools.

It certainly is a case of ‘buyer beware’ and I wonder how many more ‘written-off’ cars are being off-loaded in Canberra. The sellers told me to check VicRoads for the history and I did, but it shows nothing of any relevance. Just spend the $3.40 and get the on-line car check done – for your own peace of mind. While this car may have been fine after all the checks and inspections, it is still listed as an ‘economic write-off’ therefore my resale will be affected and I didn’t even look into whether I could obtain comprehensive insurance.

Sorry for the rant but I am really annoyed with myself for getting sucked in, and for people who have no conscience.

I am a sole parent and can’t afford to throw away $200 but I guess it is better than $23K!

wildturkeycanoe 9:03 am 17 Dec 15

akpv said :

Does anyone know what the rules are for a written off vehicle currently registered in NSW. The vehicle is 12 years old.

An old thread but this info might help somebody else avoid heartache. If the vehicle has been a repaired write off, but not ACT registered when written off, it cannot ever be registered in Canberra. Seems other states are more lenient but here it is a definite NO. Glad I checked as I almost ended up with a $23k parts car. Buyer beware.

akpv 11:12 am 01 Jul 11

Does anyone know what the rules are for a written off vehicle currently registered in NSW. The vehicle is 12 years old.

CoffinRX2 5:47 pm 24 May 11

p1 said :

CoffinRX2 said :

you are, just cant initially re-register it in NSW. … but being a Porsche, you could in fact ask for an exemption under the rules.

When I said can’t repair i kinda meant, not much point in most cases if it isn’t possible to reregister it as a road going vehicle.

You canr re-register it as a road going vehicle … just not intially in NSW … you could in any other state, and then transfer to NSW if you wished.

But the legislation allows for exemption for Niche, unique, perfornance vehcles etc …. but this car is over 15 yrs old so wouldnt be on the WOVR so it doesnt really matter

ronafios 4:53 pm 24 May 11

Thanks for your help people. I suppose I’ll just start the process and see what happens…

p1 12:40 pm 24 May 11

CoffinRX2 said :

you are, just cant initially re-register it in NSW. … but being a Porsche, you could in fact ask for an exemption under the rules.

When I said can’t repair i kinda meant, not much point in most cases if it isn’t possible to reregister it as a road going vehicle.

CoffinRX2 12:08 pm 24 May 11

p1 said :

Google tells me that NSW has now made it impossible to register repairable write-offs to stop dodgy things from happening.

While I understand the governments motivation to prevent dodgy car re-birthing, I find it hilarious that there can be a category of vehicle with the word “repairable” in the name, which you are not in fact able to repair.

you are, just cant initially re-register it in NSW. … but being a Porsche, you could in fact ask for an exemption under the rules.

p1 10:34 am 24 May 11

Google tells me that NSW has now made it impossible to register repairable write-offs to stop dodgy things from happening.

While I understand the governments motivation to prevent dodgy car re-birthing, I find it hilarious that there can be a category of vehicle with the word “repairable” in the name, which you are not in fact able to repair.

CoffinRX2 9:54 am 24 May 11

if its an 80’s model then its not on the WOVR (written off vehicle register)

If its roadworthy, the get a RWC done on it and register it, it can still be roadworthy with cosmetic damage

Bluey 9:25 am 24 May 11

Hey champ.

I have had 2 RW motorcycles registered here from interstate, one from NSW and one from QLD.

Heres the sitch. Shouldnt be much if any difference for cars.

You need to present ALL receipts/documents you possibly can. Previous rego slips, owner papers, purchases receipts, any new/replacement parts should be documented, a stat dec from previous owner about how he obtained it and such all help massively. Basically you need th prove you arent rebirthing a stolen car or using any dodgy parts. The roadworthy is very detailed, takes a few hours as they pick over little thing so make its tight as a drum before you take it there as its expensive to fail.

Dont bother getting a roady at a servo or something as youll have to get a repairable write off inspection anyway so get them both done at Dickson, its cheaper.

Checklist.
1. Any and all documentation you can find about the cars and its parts history
2. Airtight roadworthiness when you go to Dickson for ID and write off inspections
3. Vaseline and crossed fingers.

Hope that helps.

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