What is a VIN Number Check?

Where Can I Find the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer.

The VIN can be found in a couple of places including on the car's registration label (1), on the compliance plate in the engine bay (2) or on the passenger side windshield (3), or on one of the door posts (where the door latches when it is closed) (4). See the image below:

Look for the VIN in these other locations:

  • Insurance card/Insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration certificate

A VIN Number Check is a comprehensive vehicle history check that you can run whenever you’re purchasing a used car, whether you’re an individual or a business. CarHistory can help you run a VIN number search online with ease.  
We’re here to cut through the jargon and help you make the most informed decision you possibly can when it comes to your next used vehicle purchase. Regardless of which states and territories a vehicle has been registered in, our thorough CarHistory Report will give you a national overview of the journey the car has been on before it found you.  
VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number and is an easily identifiable 17-digit number assigned to every car, no matter its make or model, in Australia after 1989. 
As leaders in automotive history checks in Australia, we can proudly say that we go above and beyond other service providers. 
Tap into our extensive data sources to pull an in-depth vehicle history report. Our reports draw on data from the PPSR VIN check to the National Vehicle Information System (NVIS) which is a database contributed to by major Australian motor vehicle insurers. This ensures that we provide you with the most thorough history check available. 

What is a VIN number check?

A VIN Number Check is a report that is generated based on the reported history of the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) issued to every vehicle in Australia manufactured after 1989. If you’re purchasing a car manufactured before 1989 information may be limited as we can only run checks for VINs with 17 digits – no more, no less. It combines both a rego check and a PPSR Certificate. 
Each VIN is unique, and no two vehicles will ever have the same VIN number. When you do a VIN number lookup, you’re looking at the entire reported history of this vehicle and any relevant details that might help you decide whether this is a safe car to buy. The VIN number check also allows government registers and authority figures to track all previous owners of a vehicle. 
When you run a VIN number check, you will find key information about the car when you search its VIN number:  the make, model and variant, the year of manufacture, ANCAP safety and vehicle emissions ratings as well as engine details including size, transmission and fuel type.
You will also be able to see if the car has been stolen, written off in an accident, or financed. This information can help you avoid investing in a money pit, making an illegal purchase, or having your car repossessed. 
A VIN number check can also serve as a vehicle registration check, which means you can see when and where it was last registered, and the current rego (if applicable) expiry date. CarHistory Reports will show up anything that’s been reported on the vehicle, no matter what state or territory in Australia the car has been registered in. 


What are the benefits of checking VIN numbers?


Whenever we make a purchase, we want to know the goods and services we are buying will deliver what they promise, and nowhere is that truer than when it comes to the world of used cars.  
The benefit of checking the VIN is both peace of mind and real financial commitments. The VIN acts like a historical index of major events in a vehicle’s life. Therefore, the information we pull from our reports will give you an insight into the history and health of your potential vehicle.  
Typically, the big red flags to look out for in the history of a vehicle is if it’s ever been stolen, written off, is currently under finance, or even rebirthed – where the vehicle may contain stolen parts if it wasn’t stolen itself, including the VIN plate.  
By running a VIN number check, you can save yourself a lot of trouble, money, and time later down the road. It’s a small investment to make for the assurance that you’re buying a clean, quality used car that will serve you well into the future.   

How to check the VIN number of a vehicle?

Checking the VIN number of a vehicle is simple and easy with the help of CarHistory’s comprehensive reporting capabilities when it comes to VIN lookup Australia-wide.  
First, you’ll need either the 17-digit VIN or the rego plate and state of registration. The VIN plate can live in a few places, but you’ll typically find it on the driver’s side door frame.  
Then hop online to our website and begin a report, entering information as prompted. Once you submit and complete payment, the information will be checked against our data sources, and a PDF report will be generated for you in no time at all.  
Protect yourself by ensuring that the vehicle you intend to purchase is free from headaches and you’re paying what it’s worth. Submit a VIN Number Check today.  


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