What is VIN? Best Way to Check History of the Vehicle


VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. It is a 17 digit uniquely identifying number for a vehicle. It means that every car out there has a unique identification number, and no two cars share the same VIN. This is the reason why many people refer to VIN as the fingerprint or DNA of a car. VIN is also known as the body number. Any vehicle you see on the road, either it’s a car or truck or bike, has a VIN.

VIN is not just for cars and trucks. Other vehicles like motorbikes, mopeds, and scooters also have unique VIN. You can find the VIN of your vehicle in the following places:

  • On the registration book of your vehicle.

  • Some vehicles have their VIN on their windshield.

  • You can also find VIN of a vehicle pasted on different body elements of theirs.

Why is it important?

VIN makes it possible to find any specific vehicle quickly and accurately. Suppose your car gets stolen, and there is no way to find out who took it. There your car’s VIN will help you find your vehicle.

VIN is also vital in the scenario if you want to buy a second-hand car and want to check its history. There are several online applications now that can help you in VIN number lookup for free.

Best ways to Check History of the Vehicle

There are many ways to look up the history of a used vehicle. For checking history, it is must that you know the VIN of the car. The best applications for looking up for a used car history are:

  1. com

Vehiclehistory.com is one of the best ways to look for VIN history. This online platform provides all general details about a car, such as its inspection and performance records, ratings of safety, warranty, and many more. You will also find the selling details of the specific vehicle on the website.

  1. Carfax

Second, on our list is Carfax. This website provides detailed history reports of any vehicle. Many well-known car dealerships provide Carfax generated reports to the buyers of the car. You can buy one yourself a history report if you want to. A single car report costs 39.99 dollars.

  1. National Insurance Crime Bureau

We all are familiar with the National Insurance Crime Bureau. From their website, you can get the history of any vehicle you want by inputting the VIN. National Insurance Crime Bureau also offers a database of stolen and lost records.

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NHTSA is another one of the best online platforms which offer a detailed history of the car. Its interface is easy and efficient to use. It provides VIN number lookup in which it even contains the selling details of the vehicle besides general information.


A VIN is a vital registration number of a vehicle. No vehicle is launched without a VIN. It helps car users in many ways. You can find any car details and history online by knowing a car’s VIN. If you want to do it manually, you can ask the dealership or speak to the dealership.

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