How To Get A VIN Check
October 22, 2013
A VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is like the DNA of your car; it is its unique identifier. It is comprised of a 17 digit number that is required in every car. Although VINs were first put on cars in 1954, there was no uniform way of assigning numbers. Different manufacturers used different formats of numbers and there was the potential that this could cause some confusion. It also made deciphering VINs very difficult. In 1981 however, the 17 digit format was invented and all manufacturers are required to use it.
The VIN of your car is usually found on 3 locations; on the firewall in the engine bay, beneath the windshield on the driver’s side or on the driver’s side doorjamb. Some modern cars have made it easier to find the VIN; they put it either or the front or back windshields.
There are various reasons you may want to do a VIN check. You may be looking to find out the technical details of the car. It will tell you the make and model of the car, the year it was produced and the kind of fuel that it uses. The second reason to do a VIN check is to find out a car’s history. It will give you a vehicle’s mileage, its inspection registry and you may even find vehicle photos if previous owners kept them online. The third reason for a VIN check is to find out whether it is stolen. Certain countries keep track of all stolen cars by requiring that their VINs are entered into a collective database. If you but buy a car from Italy, Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and even Canada, you can check up their databases to make sure that you are not buying stolen property.
How do I check my car for a VIN?
It is very important to make sure that you know where the VIN of your car is. Make sure that it is on all the 3 locations that we mentioned. It should be untampered with; any signs of scratching could mean that someone was trying to compromise it. Once you have a VIN number, you can go online and find out a comprehensive history of the car. All you need to do is enter the VIN number. Some of these services are free and some charge, but it is a better idea to go with one that asks for a small fee; they tend to be more accountable and give more information than the ones that are for free.
If you are looking for an online VIN checking service, consider using Carfax or AutoCheck. For a full AutoCheck review, visit this website.