What Is the Way to Look up a VIN?

What Is the Way to Look up a VIN?

Look at the sticker on the driver's side door jamb, or search the corner of the driver's side dashboard to find the vehicle identification number of a car or truck. The VIN is always on the vehicle's title and vehicle insurance policy paperwork.

The VIN is a unique number placed on any motorized vehicle, including cars, motorcycles, semi trucks and boats. Before buying a pre-owned vehicle, buyers can input the VIN into a national database, to view a vehicle's history and recall information.

Some of the information disclosed on a vehicle's history:

  • Registration and title information
  • Total accident history
  • Completed repairs and service history
  • Damage to the frame or structure or previous water damage
  • Airbag safety information
  • Odometer information
  • Recall information

Expect to pay a small fee to access a full VIN history report.