How to decode a VIN?

The VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique series of letters and numbers assigned to each new vehicle exiting a dealership. This number has existed since 1954, but it has been used systematically since 1981 in an international context.

It allows you to find out when and where a vehicle was manufactured, what engine or transmission model it is equipped with, and other such information. We can also use it to know the past of the car (accidents for example). If you want to decipher your car’s VIN to find out its route or just because you’re curious about what’s hidden under this series of numbers and letters, this article is for you.

The first step is to find out where your VIN is

You need to find a long series of mixed letters and numbers (around 17) somewhere in or on your vehicle. Here are some common places where manufacturers have positioned their VINs.

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  • Look for a plate at the base of the windshield, on the driver’s side dashboard.
  • Look for a sticker on the driver’s side door.
  • It can also be in front of the engine block and is easily visible after you open the hood.
  • On most new vehicles, the number can be found on different parts of the vehicle, such as the hood, the trunk door or the bumper to identify it.
  • Open the driver’s side door and see where the mirror would be if it was closed (inside the door).
  • On old cars, the number can be found elsewhere, for example on the steering column, the radiator support or on the interior pillar of the left door.

Find information about your vehicle on the Internet using the VIN

There are, in fact, sites capable of automatically decrypting your VIN. Try the VIN site .

  • Some manufacturers present their VIN codes on their sites, but nothing is less certain.
  • If your vehicle was built before 1980, it may have a special VIN. If your attempt on the Internet has been unsuccessful, try your luck with companies like CARFAX, AutoCheck or VinAudit. In general, they give you some summary information. If you want all the details of the VIN, you will have to pay.