VIN Check

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How To Run a VIN Check

 Performing a VIN check can reveal a lot of valuable vehicle information about your car or a used car you’re planning on purchasing. A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is like your vehicle’s DNA: not only is it completely unique to your vehicle, but it can also tell you a lot about your vehicle’s history and any potential issues you may have with it now or in the future. A VIN is a 17-character combination of numbers and letters, and while your VIN may seem like little more than a random collection of letters and number, in fact, each part of a VIN contains specific and detailed information. Below we will look at how to decode a VIN and why a VIN is so important.

Vehicle Information Available Via VIN Check

All VIN numbers are 17 characters long and are divided into three sections. The first three characters are the world manufacturer identifier (WMI). All vehicle manufacturers are assigned a WMI that is unique to them. Chevrolet’s WMI in the United States, for example, is 1G1, while Volkswagen in the United States is 1YW. The same manufacturer can have different WMI’s depending on where the car was built

For example, while Volkswagen’s WMI is 1YW in the U.S., in Mexico it is 3VW, in Germany it is WVG, and in South Africa AAV. Small manufacturers producing fewer than 500 vehicles per year in the European Union or 5000 vehicles per year in the United States only have a two-character code, but on the VIN the third character appears as a 9, which is essentially a placeholder.

The next section of the VIN is digits four to nine. This is the vehicle descriptor section (VDS), and it contains information about the make and model of the vehicle. Every manufacturer has its own system for what each character represents in this 6-character section. However, the eighth digit is almost always used to indicate engine type and, at least in North America, the ninth is the check digit.

 Finally, the last section is the vehicle identifier section (VIS), consisting of digits 10 to 17. This is the section that identifies a specific vehicle. While many cars will share the same WMI and VDS, the VIS distinguishes one car from the next. The tenth digit is always used to identify the model year. On Ford vehicles, for example, a Y in the tenth digit means the vehicle was manufactured in 2000. In North America, the eleventh digit is the plant code, which is used to identify the plant that the car was manufactured at. The rest of the digits in the VIS are simply the serial number which is unique to that vehicle

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 As you can see, your VIN is like a key to unlocking your vehicle’s unique identity, such as its manufacturer, model year, and plant number. However, there’s more to a VIN than what the numbers and letters themselves actually represent. Because no two VINs are alike, that means that manufacturers and government agencies use VINs to track unique incidents or information about specific vehicles, such as accident reports and recalls

With a VIN number check you can decode your vehicle’s unique past. First, find your vehicle’s VIN, which will be located either on the driver’s side of the windshield or in the driver’s door. Alternatively, you can find your VIN on the vehicle’s registration card or, in some cases, on your insurance card.

 Next, go online and find a VIN decoder to perform a VIN check. There are many VIN decoders available, including through Some VIN check decoders offer very specific information. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a VIN lookup for finding out if any parts of your vehicle have been subject to a recall. Note, however, that VINs only became standardized in 1981, so if your vehicle dates from before then a VIN lookup isn’t likely to be of much use.

Running a Vehicle History Report

 While being able to look up your VIN is certainly impressive, it has a very practical purpose beyond just satisfying your curiosity. For one, a VIN number search, as mentioned above, could alert you to any parts of your vehicle that have been subject to safety recalls. While manufacturers will usually send recall notices directly to you, these notices may get lost in the mail or the manufacturer may have an out-of-date address for you. As a result, it’s a good idea to lookup your vehicle’s VIN for any possible recalls from time to time.

 Secondly, if you are buying a used car it is an extremely good idea to look up the VIN number of any vehicle you are thinking about purchasing. With a VIN check, you can verify whether or not the information the seller has provided to you about the vehicle is true, such as if it has been involved in any accidents or if any recalled parts have been replaced.

 However, keep in mind that even if a VIN check shows no history of accidents that isn’t a guarantee that it has never been involved in one. A VIN decoder will only show accidents that have actually been reported for that particular car. As such, always use your best judgment when buying a used vehicle.

Vehicle Safety Standards

Vehicle safety information can be obtained by the website. With your VIN check you can cross-reference the accident statistics with the potential vehicle you’re buying to find out the safety record and potential hazards thereof. This is always best practice, especially if you have children or loved ones that frequently drive with you. This is a free government resource that anyone can use.


VIN Check FAQs

Can I run a VIN check on any vehicle?

Yes, since VIN information is public record you can lookup and decode any VIN number as long as you have the complete 17 digit vehicle identification number available

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  1. I own a 1963 Willy’s Truck which as a 8 digit VIN number on the title. I am not able to pull of anything on my Truck. VIN is K183691D

    1. Kathryn, our VIN check resources only work for modern vehicles, that were manufactured in the last 40 years and have a 17 digit VIN number. Most of the online resources you’ll find are the same. You might want to run a VIN check through your local DMV if you have any specific inquiries

  2. My car has been paid off for 10 years, when we went to get a copy of the title, we were told by the DMV that there is a lien on the title. But they wouldn’t give us the lienholder’s information so that we could resolve this issue. What title search can be done that will give us the lienholder’s information.

    1. Greg, you can use the government resource to run a VIN check and find out if there are any active liens on your vehicle. There will be a nominal fee but this should help you to find out what bank has a lien on your vehicle, or if the information your received from the DMV is inaccurate.

    1. Taniafavis, we are happy to assist you with a free VIN check if you provide us with the full vehicle identification number. In order to use our resources you must make sure you enter the entire 17 digit VIN number exactly. If you respond to this thread, we will run a VIN check for you.

  3. I want to find out who owns this car. It was just sold on March 1, 2020. Parents bought it for their daughter. They paid 8,900.00 I want to offer them 12,000.00 for it. I was going to buy it on Monday and they bought it on Sunday. It was sold at Uni cars Honda in Indio California.

    1. Unfortunately we cannot lookup vehicle license plate by name. You will need to have the license plate number or VIN number to lookup this information with our resources. You can contact the police directly about your stolen vehicle and they can lookup this information for you

    1. We ran a VIN check for you and this is the information that comes up in our vehicle record database:

      2013 FORD F-150 VIN

      VIN # 1FTFX1EF6DKE32451
      Engine Cylinders: 8
      Make: FORD
      Vehicle Type: TRUCK
      Engine Type: 5.0 Liter V8
      Model: F-150
      Primary Body Type: Pickup
      Class 2F: 7,001 – 8,000 lb (3,175 – 3,629 kg)
      Transmission Type: Automatic
      Fuel Type: Gasoline

    1. In order to transfer the title of your vehicle to your name you will want to contact the DMV and submit all the information you have on the vehicle. This is not an uncommon problem but typically, you will need to address the DMV directly about this. Submit the bill of sale and any additional information you have on the car, including the VIN and license plate information. They might have you sign an affidavit that this vehicle was sold to you without the proper title transfer being made.

  4. I have a ‘76 corvette, salvage title. Can I find out the damage history which caused the salvage status? VIN1z37l6s405325. Thanks

    1. Thank you for reaching out about our VIN check resources. The used car vehicle information that you’re interested in should include the entire vehicle history including accidents, how many previous owners and safety and recall issues. Our VIN number check resources may be inadequate for you to source the reason for the vehicle salvage status. That being said there is a great government resources , , where you can locate all the vehicle salvage information you’re interested in. Another option would be to visit the DMV in your state and request the vehicle salvage history.

      VIN Check Salvage Records

      A VIN check salvage record search can be used to find the vehicle history, accidents, stolen vehicles, recalls and safety issues. There are many free government resources that can be used online to perform a VIN check for salvage records, such as the National Motor Vehicle Titling Information System.

  5. I am trying to search the owner of a car that’s being driver recklessly by a young boy. I’m afraid this kid is going to kill someone. It’s everyday speeding in and out of traffic and in school zones. The local police have to catch him in the act. But I wanted to send a letter to his parents making them aware of how this kid is driving this new Camarillo. I have tried to look it up but there are several warnings and I’m affraid to proceed with the search. Can you help

    Thank you

    1. Unfortunately we cannot assist you with this information. This is a police matter and if you provide them with the same information you’ve provided us, they will be able to better assist you.

    1. You will need to make a formal request to the DMV and have a valid reason, if they would even allow it. If this is your vehicle then you may be able to go in person and make a request, otherwise it is very unlikely that you’ll be able to get this information from the DMV or a VIN check.

  6. I have a 1950 Chevrolet 2 door sedan no vin# only Engine # how can I do a search on it Engine # HAA965395

    1. Unfortunately we cannot do a vehicle search by an engine serial number. We can only run a vehicle VIN check with the full 17 digit vehicle identification number.

      How to Find My VIN Number

      1. Check for the VIN on the Dash
      2. Look for the VIN on the Door Frame
      3. Search for the VIN on the Engine
      4. The VIN is on your Registration
      5. The VIN is on your Vehicle Title

  7. My husband is looking for his 1972
    Dodge charger. We have the paper work when he purchased it and the VIN # is WP292G199038. It is very clear on the paperwork. It is not faded or distorted in any way. He looked up the Dodge Vin #\’s for 1970\’s and it states that this is all the numbers it has as the VIN #. Can you advise where to look or how to look and find this vehicle?

    1. Since this is an older vehicle, with fewer than 17 digits on the VIN, it will not be in our database. That being said, you might consider running a Carfax report or contacting the DMV. The DMV will need a valid reason to run a VIN check on Dodge ChargerDodge ChargerDodge Charger and the Carfax report will cost you $39.99

  8. What name is the title in, I just purchased vehicle and person indicating lost title has been applied for.
    Vin number–1ftef14n9jna69595

    1. We don’t have the vehicle title information in our VIN record database. You will want to reach out to the DMV directly to inquire about the vehicle title transfer to you. Sometimes it’s best to visit the DMV in person to resolve these issues as they may need to verify your information, the bill of sale or other vehicle related information.

    1. If you can provide us with the full VIN number we are happy to run a VIN Check for you. We can also lookup vehicle information by license plate number as well. Please provide us with the full 17 digit VIN and we will do the rest. Thank you for reaching out

    1. Unfortunately we don’t have that VIN information available. Typically VIN numbers are 17 digits and that is only 15. You might have entered an incorrect VIN number.

      That being said you must agree to the terms and conditions of our VIN check before we can show you any vehicle records or owner information

    1. Our VIN Check resources are for vehicle information resources and vehicle history reports. We do not offer the service of auto part replacement. A good place to check for a replacement part for you 1999 Mustang is eBay Auto Parts Online. You can find most any auto part for most any vehicle and have it shipped to you.

    1. We performed a VIN Check and did not find the history for this vehicle. Here is a link to our Free VIN Decoder where you can check VIN numbers quick and easy. Typically our VIN Check resources need a 17 digit alpha-numeric code to be recognized.

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Last Updated: March 10, 2020

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