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
CarHistory provides these practical tips for Australian consumers to consider when making a second hand car purchase:
- Inform the seller you intend to do checks on the car.
- Obtain the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and purchase a CarHistory Report to get the car’s complete history (your VIN number can be found on your engine, on your registration papers and sticker, or on the inside of most car doors).
- Get an independent mechanical inspection.
- On the day you take ownership of the vehicle, purchase a PPSR Certificate to protect you against repossessions.
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