Decode any VIN to view the vehicle's history

With our VIN Decoder service, you can check the vehicle’s complete history to find out the number of owners, auction photos and history, recalls, service history, inspections, accidents, title history, damages, and much more.

 
 

View any vehicle’s history with our Accurate VIN Decoder

Every vehicle has its unique 17-character alphanumeric code known as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN Number) also known as chassis number or serial number. The VIN decoder is a tool that helps in the process of checking a vehicle’s history by entering the 17 digits VIN.

It’s a good idea to run a VIN check if you are considering a used car or would like to know the history or past of the vehicle you currently own.

Oftentimes, customers will search online for “free vehicle history report” or “free VIN check” only to find companies that have no information or inaccurate results. This may uncover numerous results but the problem is most “free VIN Decoder” tools only code for basic information by simply returning the make and model or year of manufacture. Using our VIN lookup tool will help you find a vehicle’s previous owners, number of repairs, accident history, auction history, and photos.

By using our accurate VIN Lookup, you are sure to get comprehensive information at the most affordable rate than other providers of vehicle history reports. Our service ensures 100% satisfaction and guarantees our customers to get the lookup they need.

Our proprietary VIN check taps into millions of National Records by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Ministry of Transportation (MOT) and discloses every available history for a specific vehicle including any hidden problems, odometer fraud or rollback, title history, ownership history, recall notices, theft, major accidents, lemon checks, or undisclosed liens. Every VIN report comes with over 60 individual checks. View our sample report page to have an overview of the details we provide in our report.

Ideally, the decision of buying a new vehicle is huge and can be frustrating not to mention a used vehicle. However, the safety and history of any vehicle’s past can only be unlocked by looking up the VIN Number. You can discover important repairs or recalls that are yet to be completed, making the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Did you know that 23% of vehicles on the road have had an accident or claim? So never expect the seller of a vehicle to be honest. Even some of these sellers are unaware of the previous accidents of the vehicle they wanted to sell. Save yourself a waste of time and money by getting a vehicle history report before making a commitment worth thousands of dollars.

How can you locate the VIN Number?

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a sequence of 17 numbers and letters that are unique to each vehicle. Generally, you can find the VIN number in the following positions of the car.

where to find a VIN on a car
  • On the dashboard: This is the most common place to find a VIN number. You can find the VIN number on a dashboard where the dashboard meets the edge of the windshield on the driver’s side.
  • On the driver’s side doorjamb:

You can locate the VIN on the driver’s side door jamb. It is easy to locate just like opening the driver’s door and finding it.

  • On other locations:

You can also find the VIN number on major components of a vehicle such as an engine block, chassis, and transmission. Checking the VIN number on the engine is the best method for VIN number lookup.

  • Check your paperwork:

You can also find the VIN number on the vehicle’s title, registration, or insurance papers. Sometimes VIN numbers are reported as “Chassis Number”, or the “Serial Number”.

Since many cars are routinely stolen and the parts are sold separately, it is important to match the VIN number. If there isn’t a match, it doesn’t necessarily mean the parts were stolen. Rather, it could be another reason, one you may have conducted yourself.

How to Decode a VIN Number?

  • First character: This represents the country where the vehicle was manufactured.
  • Second character: This Represents the manufacturer’s name.
  • Third character: With this character, you can find out the vehicle’s type or division.

The first three digits of a VIN number are known as the World Manufacturer Identifier or WMI.

  • Fourth to eighth character: This sequence of characters tells you about a vehicle’s engine size and type, vehicle brand, model, series, and body style.
  • Ninth character: The ninth character provides you with the security check digit. This single digit is used to verify the accuracy of the VIN number.

The fourth to ninth digits are known as the Vehicle Descriptor Section or VDS.

  • Tenth character:  This character represents a vehicle’s model year.
  • Eleventh character: This character tells you of the assembly plant where a car was produced.
  • Twelfth to seventeenth character: This sequence of characters represents a vehicle’s serial number. These six digits make every single vehicle in the world different from the other.

The tenth through seventeenth digits is known as the Vehicle Identification Section or VIS. 

Where to find the VIN number of a bike?

The location of the VIN number on bikes is different for various manufacturers. Usually, the VIN number can either be found on the steering neck or by turning the bike’s handle to the left. You can also find the VIN near the bike’s motor.

Unlock this information with our VIN Decoder

Each of our VIN reports will include the following:

250 Brands Checks, Major Accidents, Salvage & Flooded Cars, Lemon Cars, Odometer problems, Title History and Duplicate Titles, Hidden Lien, Total Loss, and much more. In addition to basic vehicle information, our vehicle history check tool will provide detailed information that you should be aware of.

Title information:

Our VIN Decoder tool will find out how many times a new title was issued, which often indicates a new car owner. The report will reveal the current state of the title and the last title date. It is important to check title information to avoid auto fraud or theft.

Brand History:

By collecting data from insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, motor vehicle departments, and auto repair centers, our vehicle history will show how badly a vehicle was damaged. Our VIN decoder tool will show you if the vehicle’s status is “salvage,” “junk,” “flood,” “collision,” or some other descriptive designation.

Auction Photos & History:

VIN report will reveal auction photos and history to verify if the vehicle was in an accident and how severe the accident was before repairs. Each auction report includes 10+ photos including the exterior, interior, and engine including damages of the vehicle.

Odometer reading:

Sometimes dishonest car dealers will roll back the odometer to show their customers that the car has fewer miles than it actually does. A vehicle history report will reveal the last known odometer reading for the car which will allow you to compare it to the reading on the car.

Vehicle specifications:

Using our VIN check tool, you can find in-depth specifications such as model, trim, engine, exterior and interior options, transmission, fuel, standard safety features, audio system, airbags, brakes, comfort features, convenience features, and security features. With our VIN report, you can over 100 specifications on every model and every make.

Total Loss History:

DO you know that cars that have been deemed “total loss” as a result of accidents or other damages (fire, floods, hail, etc.) can be cleaned up and sold again. Our VIN lookup tool will reveal if this is the case with the car you want to buy.

Recalls:

Vehicle recalls are becoming very common. A safety recall happens when the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) declares a vehicle unsafe to drive due to a defect in some or a part of the vehicle. When enough of these defects occur in a specific vehicle model, the NHTSA will ask the automakers to issue a recall on the vehicle so the defect can be fixed. Find if the vehicle has had any manufacturer recalls. If there are defects, learn about their impact on safety and how to fix these issues.

Loan & Lien Verification:

Conducting a loan and lien check is necessary as this can impact the worth of the vehicle. If a lien check is carried out on time then a better deal could be negotiated. Also, a vehicle with a loan and lien history will require clearance of all charges before title transfer to the owner. The ownership can be gained but the title will remain with the lender party until all unpaid dues are cleared.

Best time to buy and sell:

We offer detailed data based on the market analysis for the vehicles so the buyers and sellers can find the best time to buy and sell any vehicle.

Depreciation Analysis:

Depreciation is the largest cost in owning a vehicle, typically making up 40-50% of the total cost of ownership. Find out how much the vehicle will depreciate over 5 years. You will be able to see the searched VIN Number compared to other similar models and learn about the depreciation costs.

Market value:

Our VIN report contains market value calculation using an advanced tool that considers current mileage and other data to provide an up-to-date market value. Vehicle depreciation and resale value can be then compared with other vehicles. The vehicle comparison is focused and covers similar models sold in the nearby locality to ensure relevance.

Warranty status:

This VIN number search also reveals the type of warranty coverage and current status information. Check if the vehicle is still under or out of warranty.

Police reports:

Each VIN search reveals vital information about any past reports concerning law enforcement agencies. It is essential to know any specific law enforcement reports related to a vehicle as it impacts the current worth and resale value.

Safety rating:

Use our crash rating guide to discover valuable information about the safety of the vehicle in a crash, including its technical capabilities to avoid accidents.

Insurance data:

The VIN check also reveals the vehicle’s insurance claims details. Since an insurance claim has a major impact on the resale value of the vehicle, it is highly important to verify it by using the VIN check tool.

Inspection Records:

Records of the annual safety checks and emission inspections can be identified using the VIN Decoder tool. This is a significant check to complete as previous inspection delays or failures can result in penalties based on local legislation.

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Be sure to enter each digit correctly and bear in mind that VINs don’t contain O’ or ‘I’ letters. So double-check that these letters have not been substituted with the numbers ‘0’ or ‘1’.

Typically, vehicles that are manufactured before 1981 have shorter VINs than 17 digits and are likely not to give results from a VIN lookup. To obtain an antique or classic vehicle history, simply contact our staff via live chat or email for assistance.