Where to find the VIN number on your car
Your VIN is your car's 17-digit serial number. Here are a few places you can usually find it (sometimes without leaving your couch). If all else fails, you can always find your VIN number on the car itself in a few different places.
Your Online Ad
If your car is currently listed for sale in a marketplace, you likely entered your VIN when creating your ad. Try looking at your ad to see if your VIN is displayed.
Your Insurance Card
Your Online Insurance Website
Your Manufacturer or Lender Website
- On a sticker in the driver's door jam. Pro tip: newer smart phones will let you copy the VIN right from a photo of this sticker.
- On a plate at the base of the windshield. The VIN plate can be seen from outside the car on the driver's side.
- Under the hood, on the engine block. However, this is probably the least convenient location to look.
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