When buying or selling a used vehicle, why stop at examining how the vehicle looks and runs? Checking a vehicle’s history is equally important to make an informed decision. You can find out various details of a vehicle using its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Read on to find detailed information of VIN and how it is necessary to make the right decision when buying a pre-owned vehicle.
What is a Free VIN check?
A Vehicle Identification Number is a 17-character unique serial number assigned by auto manufacturers, which can be used to track and identify motor vehicles. The VIN does not contain the letters I , O (o), and Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0). If the VIN is less than 17 digits, then there’s a possibility that the vehicle was manufactured before 1981.
VIN is widely used by the police and other investigating personnel to distinguish between vehicles of same make, model, and color, for law enforcement and bureaucratic purposes. VIN is also useful for those looking to buy a pre-owned vehicle, as it helps provide a detailed vehicle history.
Where is the VIN Located?
A VIN is usually located somewhere on the body of the vehicle, and you can easily find it if you know where to look.
List of places where you can find the VIN in a car:
Front of the engine
Front of the car frame, near the container that holds windshield washer fluid
Rear wheel well, directly above the tire
Inside the driver-side door jamb, underneath where the side-view mirror would be located if the door was shut
Driver-side doorpost, near the spot where the door latches, not too far from the seatbelt return
Underneath the spare tire
List of places where you can find the VIN on a motorcycle:
On the steering neck
On the motor near the bottom of the cylinders
You can also find the VIN on any documentation you have for the vehicle such as:
Body shop repair records
Vehicle history report or VIN check