Check a vehicle
in New Zealand

Money owing? For sale too soon? Bad history? Reported stolen? Damaged import? Check before you buy. Get a report on That Car.

Our official information sources

NZ Transport Agency
NZ Companies Office Personal Property Securities Register

We provide information for prospective vehicle buyers from the official registers of government agencies in the form of a structured and easy-to-read report.

The vehicle history and money owing data is obtained in real time. Reports are prepared straight away using the most up-to-date records available from our sources.

Why it’s important to do vehicle background checks

Backround checking is essential when you are buying a used vehicle. No matter how convincing the seller sounds and how reputable they seem to be, don’t expect them to tell you everything they know.

Whether you are purchasing privately or from a motor vehicle dealer, it’s always a good idea to make informed decisions — you don’t want to buy someone else’s problem.

Check vehicle history, money owing and more

Registered debts Fitness and damage records Registration & licence (“rego”) Ownership history Odometer readings (mileage) Usage types

Our system checks important vehicle details and highlights potential issues in the report.

Have a look at our sample report which gives the idea on how a full report looks like and what we check for.

We search for hidden debts

A vehicle may have security interest (finance owing) registered against its past plate number if the registration plates have been replaced by the owner. We check for these cases too.

To detect money owing, the system automatically checks the past plate numbers in addition to the current plate number, the VIN and/or the chassis number.

More than just cars

Cars Motorcycles Vans Trucks Buses Motorhomes Trailers

In general, any vehicle that has a plate number or a 17-character VIN can be checked.

Free basic vehicle information and stolen checks

Simply enter the plate number or VIN of any vehicle in New Zealand and press the Check button.

Free ownership check

Always verify that the seller is the registered person for the vehicle.

All you need is their legal name or driver’s licence number.