There is a range of records available online in Australia relating to cars, motorbikes and trucks. Many motor vehicle records are available on a state by state basis with transport departments providing the bulk of official checks. Other checks allow you to consider security interests, car values and accident reports.
Each state and territory provide an online check for vehicle owners to check the current status of their registration. This is commonly a simple tool that will provide a status and nothing more. The vehicle may be registered or not currently registered. Some states will also provide an expiration date and particulars of the vehicle.
When you are looking at purchasing a car, it is important to check a few simple details first. These are in addition to any mechanical inspections you choose to undertake. Is the vehicle stolen? Does it have any security interests registered against it, is it a good price? These are just a few that should be considered. A number of these checks can be performed online, some free of charge and others attracting a premium.