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Op nearlynabs wrong person

  • Op nearlynabs wrong person

New owner's costly near-miss

A DRIVER was given the shock of their life after Swan Hill Police informed them they owed $738,000 in outstanding warrants.

The only issue was the car had just been purchased from another person.

A spokesperson from the Department of Justice and Regulation issued a stern warning to Victorians buying a new car -- check the history.

Swan Hill Police -- during an operation on Tuesday, October 31 -- stopped the driver to inform them the car had 1540 outstanding warrants.

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"The fines were incurred by a previous owner, with the new driver not held responsible after demonstrating they had just recently bought the car and did not commit the offences," the Spokesperson said.

"The incident serves as a timely reminder for prospective buyers to check a vehicle's details before making a purchase."

People can enquire whether a vehicle has been reported stolen, been previously written-off or if infringement sanctions have been issued against it by visiting the VicRoads website at

Individuals can also check the history of a vehicle by contacting Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) website at or by calling 1300 007 777.