Free Car VIN Scanner


Decode your Vehicle Identification Number

What is Laser Appraiser?

Laser Appraiser is the original, most comprehensive and affordable vehicle appraisal and automobile valuation solution available for used car dealerships and wholesalers.

The powerful Laser Appraiser Mobile VIN Scanner for iPhone and Android delivers car dealers mobile purchasing efficiency and simplicity.

On the desktop, the powerful Laser Appraiser Dealer Studio brings big data and statistical analysis to dealer purchases, providing insight on when to buy, where to price, and when to sell each vehicle acquisition.

Live auto auction integration from the most popular car auction providers enables early-access to the run numbers and lanes containing the best deals.

What is a VIN?

A VIN (vehicle identification number) is a unique 17-digit code of uppercase letters and numbers that identifies individual manufactured stock automobiles. A VIN is most commonly represented as Code 39 or Data Matrix barcode attached to the body or dashboard of a vehicle. Each section of the VIN code provides a specific piece of information about the vehicle, including year, make, model, engine size, and the country and factory where the car was made. The VIN also carries security features for owners and manufacturers.

It is standardized by ISO 3779 and ISO 4030. VINs have been in use in the US since 1954. But they were not standardized until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized them in 1981.

If a vehicle was made before 1981, the VIN may be shorter than 17 characters. The Laser Appraiser VIN Scanner decoder works best with post-1981 vehicles.

Where to find a VIN?

A car's VIN may typically be found at the front of the dashboard of the driver's side of the vehicle. It's easiest to see from outside the car, looking in through the windshield at the area where the hood ends and the windshield begins. A VIN may also be found on the post of the driver's side door, where the door latches to the car.

A VIN may be printed on insurance cards and vehicle titles.

How to scan a VIN?

Laser Appraiser is an automotive business app designed to quickly and accurately scan VINs from any cellphone or tablet. No matter the lighting conditions or the barcode damage, the superior Laser Appraiser VIN scanner will provide a seamless way to see a vehicle’s history, pricing guides, and trusted market reports to aid in choosing a car that is going to be profitable for automotive dealerships.

How to generate a VIN Barcode?

The Laser Appraiser VIN Barcode Generator encodes a barcode from a valid Vehicle Identification Number.

Where to find vehicle information using a VIN?

Information about a vehicle's history may be found on the Web.

  • Has a car been stolen or totalled? Find the salvage history by exploring the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Database;
  • Looking for a free alternative to CarFax? Research a vehicle's history on;
  • Seaching for an owner's manual online? Visit to find it and more vehicle details.