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How To Run 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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33 responses to “Free VIN Number Search

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

    1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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.

    1. 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

  3. 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?

    1. 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

    1. Ryan,

      If you can send me the VIN number I will gladly assist you with a VIN Number Lookup if I can.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

        1. In order to run a VIN number search we need the full 17 digit alpha-numeric VIN number. The VIN number you provided looks to be incomplete, we did not have any luck looking up the vehicle record for the information you provided.

  4. We’re trying to locate current address of our daughter and are co signers on her car loan.
    Forward order at Post Office expired. The loan origination is our current home address are we able to obtain this any place?

    We have Vin number and last known address
    Thank you for any direction

    1. Barbara,

      A reverse VIN number search may offer limited vehicle owner information with what has been registered with the motor vehicle department. It sounds like your daughter does not have a valid forwarding address so the vehicle information might not yield anything useful. If you provide her full name, age and last know residence we can search our resources for any available information.

      You might also want to consider hiring a private investigator to locate her if she has not registered any forwarding addresses.

    1. You will want to run a vehicle history report and check for this information. If you use the link below and run a VIN vehicle history report you might find the information you’re looking for. Another option is to contact the DMV and inquire about this vehicle you intend to purchase.

      VIN Decoder & Vehicle History Report

    1. Our VIN number search only works for cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles. In order to perform a boat VIN check and find the boat history you can go a couple different routes. First, you can perform a VIN check online using services like Secondly, you can contact the DMV in your county to inquire about the boat history using the hull number or boat VIN number.

    1. To find out the vehicle history use our VIN Decoder and select the Vehicle History Report after the VIN Decoder has provided results. Then you should be able to run the Vehicle History Report and find out what is in the trucks history before you take it on the road.

  5. I was impressed that it really worked first time I have used something like this and it actually gave me information I was looking for

    1. Thank you for the feedback on our Free VIN Number Search Brenda. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with

    1. You might consider reaching out to the DMV. They will be able to lookup your vehicle by VIN and assist you in replacing a lost vehicle title for your C10. If you have the VIN and license plate number and the vehicle is registered to you, then it should be a fairly simple process.

  6. I’m looking to buy a 78 nova from a guy, he bought it from a guy who bought it from a guy. I wanna make sure it’s okay for me to buy

    1. If you’re interested in verifying if that person’s name is on the title you might want to verify their driver’s license to see if it matches the vehicle information that is on the vehicle title. Another option would be to visit the DMV in person and request a title check on a vehicle that you’re purchasing.

    1. Thanks for reaching out about our Free VIN Number Search blog. We are happy to assist you with understanding your vehicle better and decoding your VIN number. We have attached an image ( at the bottom of the blog post ) describing how to decode your vehicle identification number and what each of the 17 digits mean on your vehicle’s VIN number.

Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: September 11, 2019

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