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How to Find Vehicle Specs by VIN Number

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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.

Step 1

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.