Understanding VINs

Get details on how Vehicle Identification Numbers work

VIN is short for Vehicle Identification Number, and this unique code is a 17-digit serial number that includes both letters and numbers. VINs are used for identification of cars and trucks as well as motorcycles and certain other vehicles. A vehicles VIN never changes and is traceable and identifiable. Because this number is uniquely associated with a particular vehicle, it can be used for checking the vehicle's history. Information available can include past accidents and insurance claims as well as general vehicle specifications and more.
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The VIN is located in several specific places on the vehicle itself and on its associated paperwork. You can check the registration and insurance documents as well. The most easily accessible VIN location on the vehicle itself is on the driver's side interior dash, visible through the base of the windshield. You should also find it on the engine block at the front and on the door post of the driver's side door. If you have problems locating the VIN, check the maker's website for more detailed information.

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