Buying a car at auction

When you buy a car at an auction and it’s registered in Victoria with Victorian number plates on the vehicle, you must provide VicRoads with the vehicle transfer requirements within 14 days of taking possession of the vehicle.

Complete your transfer online

You no longer need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to complete your vehicle transfer.

Once the auction house has notified VicRoads of the transfer, simply login to your myVicRoads account to provide VicRoads with your roadworthy certificate and payment of the transfer fee and motor vehicle duty (unless exempt).

Note, it’s not possible to complete your transfer online if you’ve bought a boat or you’re eligible for an exemption. 

Login to myVicRoads

To buy a registered Victorian vehicle at an auction, you must have a:

  • VicRoads customer number and a
  • Victorian residential address (or if you don’t live in Victoria, you can provide proof of a Victorian garage address for your vehicle, e.g. a Council rates or utility bill).

What is a VicRoads customer number?

This is a unique number issued by VicRoads to individuals or companies.

For individuals, your customer number is your Victorian driver licence or learner permit number. 

For companies, the customer number is on your company’s myVicRoads account, or any registration renewal notice issued for vehicles registered in your company’s name.

If you don’t have a VicRoads customer number, you can get a customer number by visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with your evidence of identity and proof of Victorian garage address (if applicable). 

When bidding for yourself

If you’re bidding at auction to buy a vehicle for yourself, you must ensure you have a VicRoads customer number and a Victorian residential address (or if you don’t live in Victoria, you can provide proof of a Victorian garage address for your vehicle). The vehicle will be transferred into your name as the buyer and full transfer requirements, including payment of required fees and providing a Certificate of Roadworthiness, will apply to transfer the vehicle out of your name in future.

When bidding on behalf of a buyer

If you’re bidding at auction on behalf of the intended buyer, you must ensure that you have:

  • informed the auction house of the buyer’s details (including their VicRoads customer number) and 
  • have nominated yourself as the bidder. 

If you don’t nominate a buyer, the vehicle will be transferred into your name as the buyer and full transfer requirements, including payment of required fees and providing a Certificate of Roadworthiness will apply to transfer the vehicle out of your name. 

Buying a car at auction when you’re from interstate

For vehicles to remain registered in Victoria, they must be registered to an individual or company with a VicRoads customer number and a Victorian garage address. If you’re not from Victoria and you’re buying a car at auction, you have two options:

  • If you want the vehicle to remain registered in Victoria, you must get a VicRoads customer number by visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with your evidence of identity and proof of Victorian garage address (e.g. Council rates or utility bill). Alternately, if you purchase a vehicle at Manheim Fowles or Pickles, these auction houses may be able to organise a customer number for you by taking copies of your evidence of identity and proof of Victorian garage address.
  • If you’re planning to register the vehicle interstate, the auction house will cancel the vehicle registration and keep and destroy the number plates. You’ll need to purchase an Unregistered Vehicle Permit to drive your vehicle interstate. You may be able to purchase your Unregistered Vehicle Permit at the auction house, or alternatively these can be purchased online

These processes are necessary to protect the interests of sellers at auction, ensuring the vehicle doesn’t remain registered in their name.

Auction houses notify VicRoads of the transfer

Auction houses will notify VicRoads of the transfer post the auction completion, and VicRoads will transfer the vehicle into your name based on the information provided. 

This means you have 14 days from the auction to provide VicRoads with: 

Some vehicle and transfer types don’t need a roadworthy or require payment of motor vehicle duty or transfer fees. Visit vehicle exemptions for more information.

Other types of transfers

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