VIN information (aka VINformation)

The VIN, or vehicle identification number, offers an abundance of information for drivers, car insurers, and anyone else wanting to learn about a vehicle's history. Find out what a VIN is, how it helps law enforcement prevent theft and fraud, and how you can use it to avoid buying a lemon.

general VIN questions

What's a VIN?

What's the history of the VIN?

What do all those numbers and letters mean?

locating the VIN on a vehicle

Where can I find my car's VIN?

Can I find the VIN anywhere else?

getting a car’s history using the VIN

How is a car's history compiled through the VIN?

How accurate are car histories?

How can I get a car's history?

What are some other ways the VIN can be used?

using VINs to prevent fraud and buy the right used car

What is the NMVTIS and how does it help fight fraud?

How can a car's VIN help me buy a used car?

how car insurers use the VIN

Why do you ask for my VIN?

Can I get a real quote if I don't input my VIN?

My car had a salvage title in its past life. Why couldn't I buy my policy after entering my car's VIN?

Why is it important to have my VIN accurately entered on my policy?

What is VIN etching?

What is VIN cloning?

using the VIN

The VIN is an important tool for drivers, insurance companies, and anyone looking to learn more about a car's history. If you have a VIN (or non-VIN) question that we didn't answer here, send us an email, post it on our Facebook Wall, or call us anytime at 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262). We'll get you an answer as soon as we can.

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