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
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I purchased my car from Brisbane QLD and I live in NSW. It was a 2010 model and looked to the average eye immaculate. I went to the mechanic to get a blue slip so I could transfer rego over from QLD to NSW when they advised me that my car had been in a major, major accident and the repair work is very dodgy… [I’m] Still frustrated with myself for not checking prior to purchasing the car I did the check and saw my car was a repairable write off - a lesson I'll only ever learn once.
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