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How do you check a VIN number?

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The best way to check a vehicle identification number (VIN) is to access the VIN located inside the driver's side windshield and then visit the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System website. Click on "Purchase an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report" and follow the prompts.

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  1. Write down the vehicle's VIN

    Usually, the quickest place to find the VIN of an automobile is to check the driver's side of the windshield. The VIN can also sometimes be found on the driver's car door jamb and underneath the hood on top of the radiator shroud.

  2. Visit the National Motor Vehicle Title Information website, and click on "Purchase an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report."

    The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, or NMVTIS, is a database filled with valuable information about a vehicle's condition and history that consumers can access for a fee. The Anti-Car Theft Act requires companies providing information about vehicle history to charge a fee. Some companies provide a more selective vehicle history report without charging a fee.

  3. Visit the National Insurance Crime Bureau website.

    Navigate to Theft and Fraud Awareness, and then click on VINcheck. The National Insurance Crime Bureau website provides information about a vehicle that has been stolen or has a lien on the title.

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