What is a vehicle identification number (VIN)?

The VIN is a unique code used in identifying specific automobiles. It is a 17-character serial number, including numbers and capital letters. VIN numbers give a unique identity to each car, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN.

A VIN reflects the car’s specifications, features, and manufacturer. It is used to know the car’s registration details, warranty claims, theft and insurance coverages as well as the vehicles history and any previous damages.

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Decoding the VIN

  • The first character informs where the vehicle was built.
  • Second and third characters identify the manufacturer of the vehicle.
  • The character series from four to eight is termed as vehicle descriptor section (VDS). It helps in identifying the portrait of the vehicle like type, brand, model, body style and engine size.


  • In the United States, the eleventh character is used to identify the manufacturer’s factory. The twelfth- seventeenth character is the vehicle’s serial or production number. This number is unique to each vehicle and the manufacturer uses their own sequence in assigning this number to a vehicle.

Where can I find my VIN?

Every vehicle has a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can find this 17-digit number on your

  1. Title Document
  2. Vehicle Registration
  3. Insurance Policy
  4. You can also locate the VIN on a car by looking at the driver’s side dashboard (viewable through the windshield) or on the locations shown in the image.
Note: In case if you do not have access to the car or the papers, try to call the seller and ask for your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to run a VIN Check with us.

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