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Vehicle Identification Number Search
Every car and light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN). A VIN has many important uses, including unlocking important information about a vehicle’s history.

If you are wanting to learn who the owner of a vehicle is or information about a vehicle’s history and there is no vehicle tag to be found on the vehicle in question you can simply run a VIN Search and get the answers you are seeking.

The VIN # is located in a number of places on a car, but most commonly on the dashboard (you can see it through the windshield) and the driver’s side door jamb sticker. On some vehicles the VIN # is also placed on the engine, hood, and other parts. The VIN # may also appear on car titles, insurance policies, service records and police reports for the vehicle.

Using the VIN number in the car buying process:
There are many things a seller may not disclose to you, such as a salvage title, flood damage or an odometer rollback. Any of these and other issues can affect the safety, performance and even value of a used car.
To make it more difficult for you to learn a vehicle’s history, crooked sellers may list the wrong VIN in an online vehicle posting or may not be willing to provide the VIN at all. Scam artists may also alter the vehicle’s title documents to hide potential problems.
VIN #’s also have many other important uses. For example, service shops use VIN #’s to identify the engine, transmission and brake systems installed by manufacturers so that they can properly service vehicles. Law enforcement agencies use VIN #’s to identify and recover stolen cars and car parts. Auto manufacturers use VIN #’s when they resolve safety recalls.

Vehicle History Information From VIN #’s
Characters within a VIN indicate a vehicle’s year, make, model, where it was manufactured, and more. VIN decoding is the process of deciphering these details.

The VIN is also used to access a Vehicle History Report. Every Vehicle History Report contains important information that can impact your decision about a used vehicle. Some types of information included in a Vehicle History Report Reports include:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Title information, including salvaged or junked titles
  • Odometer readings
  • Lemon history
  • Total loss accident history
  • Frame/structural damage
  • Accident indicators, such as airbag deployments
  • Service and repair information
  • Vehicle usage (taxi, rental, lease, etc.)
  • Recall information

Decoding A VIN Number
Example VIN:1HGCM82633A004352

Type of information provided
Country
Manufacturer
Type
Details
Check digit
Year
Assembly plant
Production number
VIN digits
1
2
3
4-8
9
10
11
12-17
Values from example VIN
1HGCM82633A004352
1
H
G
CM826
3
3
A
004352

Note: The letters I, O and Q never appear in a VIN.
World Manufacturer Identifier
The first three digits make up the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)

Note: The letters I, O and Q never appear in a VIN.
World Manufacturer Identifier
The first three digits make up the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)

Country
The first digit in the VIN indicates the vehicle’s country of origin, or final point of assembly.  Here are some examples:

Value
Country
1, 4 or 5
United States
2
Canada
3
Mexico
J
Japan
K
Korea
S
England
W
Germany
Y
Sweden/Finland

Manufacturer
The second digit in the VIN indicates the manufacturer.  Some manufacturers are listed below:

Value
Manufacturer
A
Audi, Jaguar, or Mitsubishi
B
BMW or Dodge
C
Chrysler
D
Mercedes-Benz
F
Ford or Subaru
G
General Motors, Pontiac or Saturn
H
Honda or Acura
J
Jeep
N
Nissan
R
Audi
T
Toyota or Lexus
V
Volkswagen (VW) or Volvo
1
Chevrolet
4
Buick
6
Cadillac

Vehicle Type
The third digit indicates the vehicle’s type or manufacturing division.
Vehicle Descriptor Section
Digits 4 through 9 make up the Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS).

Vehicle Details:  Model, Body Style,
Digits 4 through 8 identify the vehicle’s model, body style, engine type, transmission, and more.  Service shops commonly use this information to identify systems installed by the manufacturer so that they can properly service a car.

Check Digit
The ninth digit, or check digit, is used to detect invalid VINs based on a mathematical formula that was developed by the Department of Transportation.
Vehicle Identifier Section
Digits 10 through 17 make up the Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS).

Vehicle Year
The tenth digit identifies the vehicle’s model year.  The year may be indicated by either a letter or number.  Here are some examples:

Value
Year
W
1998
X
1999
Y
2000
1
2001
2
2002
3
2003
4
2004
5
2005
6
2006
7
2007
8
2008
9
2009
A
2010

Assembly Plant
The eleventh digit identifies the manufacturing plant in which the vehicle was assembled.  Each manufacturer has its own set of plant codes.

Production Number
Digits 12 through 17 indicate the production or serial number.  This number could indicate the sequence in which a vehicle came off the assembly line.  Since there is no fixed standard for this number, each manufacturer may use this number differently.

Vehicle Identification Number Search Results
VIN or Vehicle Identification Number
NOTES:
SINCE RECORDS ARE ENTERED BY VARIOUS COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES SEARCH RESULTS MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE AS EACH OF THESE ENTITIES HAS THERE OWN GUIDELINES FOR HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS ENTERED INTO PUBLIC RECORDS.
This search requires both the tag number and state of origin.
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