The vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number is a unique code that includes the serial number by the automobile maker to identify individual automobiles and other motor vehicles. The VIN is now standard on all on-the-road vehicles and components of the code mean certain things like: in what country was the vehicle made, the make and the model, etc. Putting the VIN on autos became standard practice in 1954 from the National Highway and Transit Safety Administration.
How is my VIN used?
There a numerous reasons why someone would need to know your VIN, for example, if there was a factory recall for a certain auto maker, this would allow the manufacturer to notify all consumers who have purchased a vehicle in that line about the defect or nature of the recall. It is much like the vehicle’s DNA, telling where and when the auto was made, as well as tracking if the vehicle has changed ownership so that those purchasing the vehicle can track the usage, repairs, and services rendered on the vehicle. Knowing your VIN can be extremely useful when you need a windshield replacement because Safelite can acquire the specific parts for your car or truck. Some makes and models will differ in design year-to-year, so knowing your VIN or knowing where your VIN can be located is helpful for the windshield technicians in preparing to replace your windshield.
Where is my VIN located on my vehicle?
There a multiple places, both on and off your vehicle, that you can find and look up your VIN.
If you are on the road and do not have access to your car or truck’s documentation, look on the vehicle:
- At the base of your windshield near the driver's side
- On the car frame near the apparatus that holds the windshield wiper fluid
- Driver-side door post when the door latches
- Underneath the spare tire
If you are at home and need to schedule a windshield appointment, take a look at these documents for the VIN:
- Vehicle’s title document
- The vehicle’s registration documentation
- Any insurance documents
- Body shop repair records
- Vehicle history report