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South African motorists have access to an online VIN-Lookup facility to check whether a vehicle they are interested in buying has been in a serious collision and rebuilt.
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The South African Insurance Association (Saia) has agreed to make the formerly hidden information public after lobbying by the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (Sambra).
The VIN-Lookup facility will provide private buyers and car dealers the opportunity to make informed decisions. Access for members of the public will be free on www.vinlookupsa.co.za, though the VSD only applies to the estimated 30% of vehicles in the country that have been insured.
Initially the VIN-Lookup facility will offer the following vehicle salvage records:
- Rebuilt (code 3);
- Spare parts only (code 3A); and
- Scrap – permanently demolished (code 4).
The second phase of VIN-Lookup, to be available by the end of 2023 at the earliest, will consider inclusion of written-off code 2 vehicles.