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What is a Background Check?

A Background Check displays information from government and private databases about whether a vehicle has been reported stolen, has money owing, is a damaged import, or has been re-registered. The information is valid at the time the Background Check is generated, but may be incomplete if government or private databases are inaccurate or out of date.

This info is provided by MotorWeb. For a full background check, get a Vehicle Information Report from

Stolen vehicle check

This checks whether or not a vehicle has been reported stolen to the New Zealand Police.

The stolen vehicle information displayed is a snapshot of data from the Police vehicle of interest database. The Police aren’t able to guarantee the accuracy of this information because there can be a delay in stolen vehicles appearing, and in recovered vehicles being cleared from the list.

Money owing check

This checks whether the the vehicle has a security interest recorded on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).

If a finance company or a person lends money to someone to buy a motor vehicle, the lender can register a security interest over the vehicle on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). This means that the lender may have proprietary rights over the vehicle, and can have it repossessed.

Damaged import check

This checks if the vehicle was flagged as a damaged import by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

The NZTA records whether or not inspectors identified any obvious damage or deterioration on imported used vehicles at the time of importation.The extent of that damage or any damage that may have occurred in New Zealand is not recorded.

This check excludes Australian statutory write-offs. You can check this by entering the vehicle’s VIN here:

Re-registered check

This checks the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Motor Vehicle Register. It will display if a vehicle has been de-registered and then registered again.

The most common reasons for a registration being cancelled are a vehicle being “written off” by an insurance company, a vehicle being destroyed or rendered useless, or a vehicle being unlicensed for more than 1 year.

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