How Do I Do A VIN Lookup?

VIN - on door jamb

It may sound a little strange, but a VIN lookup isn’t all that difficult. VIN is an acronym for Vehicle Identification Number. Every vehicle has a unique VIN. Using a VIN, you can find out valuable information about the vehicle’s history, whether it has ever been in an accident or damaged, how old it is, whether or not it has been maintained, and more.

The VIN is located in several locations on the vehicle, on a sticker on the door jamb and on the dashboard next to the windshield. The VIN is also on a vehicle registration as well as insurance and documents of sale.

MORE: What Is A Vehicle Identification Number?

With the VIN in hand, go to the website of a company that specializes in offering this service. The two best-known are Carfax and AutoCheck (a part of Experian), but the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and other sources also offer VIN lookups.

Input the VIN of the vehicle you want a report for, pay any required fee, and your vehicle history report will be available almost immediately.

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