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:
Media Release: 27 February 2013
RACV members in the market for a used car can increase their peace of mind when making the important purchase decision by obtaining a comprehensive vehicle information report from CarHistory, Australia's leading source of pre-owned vehicle history.
The new arrangement will provide RACV members with exclusive access to special offers for CarHistory vehicle reports through RACV’s Show Your Card & Save program.
A CarHistory report aims to reduce fraud and improve transparency in the sale and purchase of second hand cars, allowing used car buyers to find out prior to purchase if a car has been written off, stolen, damaged or has money owing on it.
More than 13.5 per cent of CarHistory reports show that a vehicle has either had its odometer rolled back, is a repairable write-off, or is stolen.
CarHistory is part of Equifax, and its CEO Nerida Caesar said "RACV members who are in the market to buy a used car may avoid making a costly mistake by obtaining a CarHistory report prior to purchase."
A CarHistory report will give RACV members access to information to help them make the most informed used car purchase decision possible.
Duncan Elliott, RACV General Manager Membership, said "we are pleased to have CarHistory as a Show Your Card & Save program partner. When purchasing a used vehicle, these reports will give members the insight they need to make an informed decision."
By partnering with RACV in its highly successful Show Your Card & Save program, CarHistory has the opportunity to reach more than 2 million RACV members across Victoria.
RACV members can purchase the discounted CarHistory report by clicking this link.
Show Your Card & Save is the world's largest member benefits program, offering RACV members discounts at participating businesses throughout Australia and the world. For more information on SYC&S and the special offers available to RACV members, visit racv.com.au/sycas.