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?
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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.