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Why To Use A Free VIN Number Search

A Free VIN Number search can reveal a lot of important information about a vehicle. You can find out manufacturer detail about a vehicle from the make and model to trim and interior options. A Free VIN Number search can also show you vehicle history, license plate information,recall and safety information.

What Is In a Free VIN Number Search

By requiring the use of a 17 character VIN for all vehicles, it became possible to identify the manufacturer, model, and specific vehicle details. The first three characters identify the division, the manufacturer, and type of vehicle. An example is a “1” indicates the General Motors Division. The second character “G” is in the United States, and the third character “1” means a passenger car. If the third character is a “2”, it is a Pontiac passenger car, and a 1GC indicates a Chevrolet truck.

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Positions 4 through 8 provide additional information such as vehicle type, platform, body style and the model. As of the 1980s, most manufacturers started using the 8th digit to identify the type of engine. When that model offers a choice. An example is a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette would have a “U” for 6.0L and “E” for a 7.0OL V8 engine. The 9ths position is a check digit.

Digits 10 through 17 provide the ‘vehicle identifier section’ (VIS). In North America, the last 5 digits must be numeric. However, the 10th digit is required worldwide to identify the model year. This is either a letter or a number. The 11th position identifies the manufacturing assembly plant.

As global markets change, new regulations apply to the VIN numbers. Currently the 17 VIN number is sufficient for current global demand. Older vehicles might have fewer than 17 digits.

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History of VIN Numbers

During the years that followed World War II, the automobile industry experienced record sales as the mass production of automobiles increased exponentially. Previously, there were only a few car manufacturers who used any method of identifying one vehicle from the next. In 1954, the vehicle identification number became popular and by 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States established a standardized format that included both numbers and alphabet characters.

Free VIN Number Search Online

An easy place to find the VIN number is on the Vehicle itself or Vehicle Title. Try our Free VIN Number Search. The results will be instantly available. Give it a try and see how fast you can find everything to know about your automobile.

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  1. It’s odd….unmarked….’70 sprt back with 351w…. 4 link rear suspension….falcon z tranny that’s weighted?

    • Hello Damian,

      I am not sure I understand the question about the vehicle you’re looking up. Do you have a specific vin number search question I can answer for you?

      Best Regards,
      The Search Quarry Team

  2. Why can’t I find a vin with 12 # My 61 impala SS has 12 # 11867N181223

    • Hello Robert,

      I understand why you’re frustrated, almost all VIN checks require a 17 digit number which is standard for vehicles manufactured after 1981. Older vehicles have VIN numbers different from the current 17 digit standard. I found a website using Google which has a VIN database of older vehicles,

      To my knowledge this site looks legit, but I have never used them.

      Best Regards,

      The SearchQuarry Team

  3. I’M LOOKING TO PURCHASE 2010 Dodge Journey SXT VIN #3D4PG5FV0AT180226. The price seems too good to be true. Found out it has a Salvage title. After some research, I found it is tagged REBUILT but could not find and history of any accidents. It also says Salvage: damage or not specified. Can’t find any more information about this. At a dead end. Please advise.

  4. Hi I found free tool to finding VIN Location, tool is very fast Check yourself

    • Hello Mary,

      Thanks for reaching out. That is very interesting about a free VIN tool. We also have a Free VIN Decoder where you can lookup VIN Numbers.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

  5. Does the vin tell you which key code it has? The dealer can stamp out a key by the vin. Can I use vin to determine this myself?

    • Hello Darrel,

      With the combination of the VIN and the license plate you may be able to find out the key code, but our data does not include that information as it is more specialized. I was just looking into it and I found a website that claims to be able to do just that,


      The Search Quarry Team

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