How to Find Vehicle Specs by VIN Number

All motor vehicles have a Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the "VIN" number. The VIN number of a vehicle is a 17-character alphanumeric code that contains information about the vehicle, such as who manufactured it, where and when it was made, the body type, and much more. No two VIN numbers are alike. Each VIN uniquely identifies the vehicle it was assigned to, which is why they are often used by law enforcement to track down stolen autos. VIN numbers can also be used by the general public to find the specs on any vehicle.

Find the VIN number. The VIN for cars made after 1969 is located on the driver's side dash and can be viewed through the windshield. The VIN can also be found on insurance and title records. If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you'll have to ask the owner or dealership for the VIN.

Write the VIN down on a piece of paper.

Go to a VIN decoder website, such as AutoCheck.com, DecodeThis.com or DMV.org. You can use any of these websites to decode your VIN and reveal the meaning of each character to find vehicle specs. Enter the VIN in the search box on any of these sites, then press "Enter."

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Things Needed

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Jason Jensen began his professional freelance writing career in 2010. He is an ACT-certified personal trainer and longtime vegetarian with an enthusiasm for fitness and nutrition. Jensen has also worked as a musician, freelance photographer, audio engineer and Web designer.

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