What is a Write-off?

A vehicle is considered a statutory write-off if it is declared as a total loss e.g. has severe structural or other damage or deterioration that prevents it from being driven safely on a road. A vehicle is considered a repairable write-off if it has been assessed as being too costly to repair, but subject to state laws may be re-registered for road use if it has passed a vehicle safety and identity check.


Example of current
written-off information:

Written off: Collision, VIC, 09 Sep 2008,
Economic Repairable Write-off

Example of improved
written-off information:

NEVDIS Written-off Vehicle Notification:
WA, 01 Sep 2010,
H14B [Hail | Whole vehicle | Light panel]


Written-off Vehicle (WOV) codes explained

The written-off information can be broken down into three parts:


The code will be displayed, and then decoded. Using the above example of H14B [Hail | Whole vehicle | Light panel]:

H = Incident Type
14 = Damage Location
B = Damage Severity

Incident Type

D Dismantled - Legitimate removal of components for use as parts.
F Fire - Damage caused by combustion.
H Hail - Damage caused by hail stones.
I Impact - Collision of some type with an object, for example another vehicle, tree or pole.
M Malicious/Vandalism/Stripped - Intentional damage, for example, broken door locks, glass window or windows, paint, scratched or stripped of all or a combination of interior and exterior body parts.
W Water - Damage caused by water (fresh or salt) such as a storm, river or flood.

Damage Location

1 Motor Vehicle – Passenger Front
2 Motor Vehicle – Driver Front
3 Motor Vehicle – Driver Side
4 Motor Vehicle - Driver Rear
5 Motor Vehicle – Passenger Rear
6 Motor Vehicle – Passenger Side
7 Motor Vehicle - Engine
8 Motor Vehicle - Roof
9 Motor Vehicle - Interior
10 Caravan/Trailer - Front
11 Caravan/Trailer - Rear
10 Motorcycle - Front
12 Motorcycle – Left Rear
13 Motorcycle – Right Rear
14 Whole Vehicle
15 Floor Pan (passenger front)
16 Fire Wall
17 Chassis/structural rails (passenger)
18 Floor Pan (driver rear)
19 Floor Pan (driver front)
20 Floor Pan (passenger rear)
21 Chassis/structural rails (driver)
22 A pillar passenger
23 A pillar driver
24 B pillar passenger
25 B pillar driver
26 C pillar passenger
27 C pillar driver
28 D pillar passenger
29 D pillar driver
30 Engine block (cracked, fractured)
31 Transmission case
32 Differential case
33 Axle housing
34 Suspension (passenger front)
35 Suspension (driver front)
36 Suspension (passenger rear)
37 Suspension (driver rear)
38 Airbag front
39 Airbag side
40 Airbag curtain
41 Seat belt pre-tensioner

Damage Severity

A Heavy Panel
B Light Panel
C Heavy Structural
D Light Structural
E Unrepairable
F Major Mechanical Damage
G Minor Mechanical Damage
H Major Stripping
I Minor Stripping
J Major Vandalism
K Minor Vandalism
L Water (salt)
M Water (fresh)
N Burnt/Blistered
O Smoke and Heat
P Minor Smoke

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