One of the most important pieces of information you can have about a car is its Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. This 17-digit number encodes a huge amount of information, including the make, the model, the country of origin, and much more. The VIN format is standardized throughout most of the world – nearly any on-road vehicle you can buy will have one, aside from very old vehicles or obscure foreign models. This is crucial information, and we place a priority on consumer awareness here at Grove Collision Repairs.
So, in this blog, we wanted to quickly cover why the VIN is so important, as well as providing a guide to finding your VIN if needed.
What’s in a VIN?
There is a lot of information can be encoded into a VIN. This includes:
All told, the VIN could be seen as equivalent to a Tax ID, or Social Security Number in America. It’s a wholly unique identifier which separates your vehicle from all the others which are superficially like it. And like a personal identifier, the VIN is used to track a vehicle’s history. Changes in ownership, accidents, and potentially even moving violations are tied to the VIN and can be looked up via public databases.
Why You Need to Know The VIN
There are plenty of reasons knowing a vehicle’s VIN is useful:
Finding The VIN
The VIN will always be visible on a vehicle at least once, and often in a few places. These are the most common:
In addition, it will also be in your insurance documents and title.
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