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VIN Decoder

Get a free VIN check to get a sneak peek into the history of your car. Whether buying or selling a used car, knowing a vehicle’s history is important in order to make a decision with confidence. Enter the 17-digit VIN below, then hit “DECODE” to instantly access CARPROOF’s up-to-date, impartial information about any car.

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How to decode Vehicle Information Numbers (VINs):

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Find VIN

Locate the VIN, which is typically found on the inside of the driver’s door jamb and windshield, and enter it into CARPROOF's VIN decoder.

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Decode VIN

Hit “DECODE” to check for details about a car like year, make, model, where it was made, and a preview of records indicating accident history, safety recalls and more.

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Use VIN

Use the free decoded information to determine if you want to run a CARPROOF report and get the vehicle’s complete history.

To date, 12,371,227 CARPROOF Vehicle History Reports have been issued. Find out what they're checking for.

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What is a vehicle identification number?

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a series of digits unique to each vehicle manufactured for sale in Canada. Our free VIN decoder can provide details about a used car like year, make, model, where it was made, and a preview of records indicating accident history, safety recalls, maintenance records, odometer readings, and more.

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Where can I find the VIN number?

The VIN is located on the vehicle’s dashboard, inside the windshield on the driver’s side. It can also be found on the on the door jamb inside, right where the driver’s side door latches. You can also find the VIN on documents like the vehicle’s ownership, insurance and service records.
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Why do I need a VIN check?

Once a VIN is decoded, you’ll see a free preview of some important information about the car’s history. Consider purchasing a CARPROOF report with complete details to help you get the right vehicle at the right price.
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What does a VIN search tell me?

A VIN decode provides the history of a specific car. Once decoded, details about a car like year, make, model, and where it was made will be revealed. When combined with a comprehensive vehicle history report, further details such as accident history, unfixed safety recalls, maintenance records, odometer readings, and more will be uncovered.

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What if my VIN doesn’t decode?

First ensure the VIN was entered correctly. Keep in mind that VINs never have the letters ‘O’ or ‘I’ in them, so make sure that these weren’t added instead of the numbers ‘1’ and ‘0,’ as this is a common error. A VIN with less than 17 digits usually means the vehicle was manufactured before 1981. These VINs will not decode and CARPROOF will not be able to identify the year, make and model for the vehicle. In these cases, you can still order a CARPROOF report to access any vehicle history information collected and archived by our data providers.

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How can I verify my VIN?

Have you been given a fake VIN? Check the VIN everywhere it appears on your car to make sure the number is the same in each place and there are no signs of tampering. Compare this number to the one found on the vehicle’s original vehicle registration form (not a photocopy). You can also use CARPROOF’s free decoder to reveal the vehicle’s characteristics and confirm that they all match.

This free VIN decode is the first step to getting the vehicle’s complete history, including CARPROOF badges!

There are certain things you're looking for in a used car, and we want to help you find them... easily. That's why we've added badges to our vehicle history reports. Find out if the vehicle has what you're looking for – at a single glance

Want to know more?

Download CARPROOF's free used car buying guide

Learn how to finalize a private used car sale

View a sample CARPROOF report