A VIN (vehicle identification number) is a 17-digit code of letters and numbers that identifies a car uniquely, like car DNA. Each section of the 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.
If your vehicle was made before 1981, the VIN may be shorter than 17 characters. This decoder works best with post-1981 vehicles.
Look for your car's VIN 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.
Or, look for the VIN on the post of the driver's side door. You'll see this when you open the door and look around the area where the door latches to the car.
If you can't find the VIN on the car, it should be printed on your insurance cards and your vehicle's title.