Infographic: 5 Steps to Buying A Used Car

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


Are you one of the 1.2 million Aussies planning to buy a used car in the next year?

Only 29% of used car purchasers feel truly confident going through the process*.

Following these five steps will help give you more confidence when you purchase your next used car, and avoid buying a lemon.

Download our 5 Steps to Buying A Used Car Infographic.

5 Steps to Buying a Used Car


*CarHistory Used Car Survey 2016. The Leading Edge. March 2016. n = 807 Australian used car buyers aged 18-75 years.

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