All cars and light trucks built after 1981 have
a unique 17-character number that contains valuable information
about that vehicle's history. This number is called the vehicle
identification number (VIN#).
The VIN is the record of everything that will
ever happen to that car. It displays a car’s uniqueness and
manufacturer and provides a method to trace your car from the factory
to the junk yard. Your VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations,
warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.
Look over the car and make sure that all the VIN
numbers you can find are the same within the car. The VIN number
is normally engraved or on a sticker in numerous places in the car
(inside the doors, the dash, the trunk, engine, and/or quarter panels).
States use the VIN to track a cars status. Protect
yourself by thoroughly checking the VIN on the used car you want
The locations of the vehicle identification number (VIN)
vary but the following are the common places to find them:
Firewall of the vehicle
Radiator Support Bracket
Dash by windshield
Left hand inner wheel arch
Guarantee & Maintenance Book
Machined Pad on front of engine
Drivers door or post on passenger side
Component parts as listed above -eg- engine, frame, etc.
Later model years most common locations of the VIN: