What is a VIN?
The car's vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying
code for a SPECIFIC automobile. It is just like the car's
fingerprint. A VIN is composed of 17 digits and characters that
act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the
car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN
can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims,
thefts and insurance coverage.
Where can I find the VIN?
The VIN can be found by looking at the dashboard on the driver
side of the vehicle. If the VIN cannot be found, open the driver
side door and look at the door post (where the door latches when
it is closed). It is likely that the VIN will also be displayed
in this location.
Other VIN locations:
- Insurance card / insurance policy
- Vehicle title and registration
What if the VIN is not 17 characters long?
If the VIN is not 17 characters
long, please double-check to make sure that you have the right
VIN and have copied it down correctly. If the VIN is still less
than 17 characters long, the VIN is most likely from a pre-1981
Pre 1981 Vehicles.
Prior to 1981, VINs varied in length from 11 to 17 characters.
AutoCheck can only report on vehicles that use a 17 character
VIN. Therefore, information on vehicles manufactured before 1981