Reading Vehicle Identification VIN Numbers on Autos

VIN or Vehicle Identification Numbers for cars, trucks and automobiles. Just what are they, how do I find them and why are they important?

VIN numbers are like a social insurance number for your automobile product. Each auto produced has an identification number assigned to it – a unique number to that vehicle. When you purchase your automobile product either new or used – the number on your bill must correspond to that stated VIN number. Otherwise you have the entirely wrong auto. Something or someone else. It has been known where administrative staff or perhaps the salesperson at a dealership made a mistake or was lazy. Voila years later collision, accident and health insurance could be denied by the auto insurance company if the VIN on the insurance form and registration does not match the VIN on the dash of the automotive vehicle.

Where and how can ascertain the proper VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for your vehicle? Usually it can be found stamped on a plate in clear view attached to the left side of the dashboard, just inside the windshield on the bottom driver’s side.

Sometimes the windscreen at the bottom may be a bit dirty or even the glass is hard to read through. Other times the bottom number may have slid just a tad under the dash so it is hard to read. Regardless either read the VIN properly to your satisfaction or take your car or truck to professional mechanic, body shop or service department of an auto dealership.

These unique VIN registration numbers have other purposes and benefits to you as well as an automobile owner. For repairs mechanics may need to refer to the VIN to identify model type for replacement parts. Stolen cars are usually identified by the VIN.

The VIN identifies the car for warranty coverage and as well it allows the auto manufacturer to identify vehicles and track you down in the event of an auto model recall – to inform you of work that should or must be done to your vehicle to keep it safe to operate on the road. Lastly even the automobile manufacturer themselves and their marketing and sales departments have good use for these VIN registration numbers allowing them to track specific vehicles and their sales and transfers across sales regions and even into other sales jurisdictions and different countries.

All in all it is a wise idea to know where you VIN can be read on your vehicle, to mark it down and ensure that it matches and corresponds to your vehicle sales invoice, registration and auto insurance registration papers and auto insurance policy coverage.