What’s a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

At some point, no matter who your insurance company is, you’ll be asked or need to figure out what your car’s vehicle identification number is. Your car's vehicle identification number (VIN) is what is used to track your specific vehicle. Whether that is for a recall, registration, warranty, a claim, theft or for your car insurance coverage. Think of the VIN as your car’s social security number. The VIN serves as the car's unique DNA, as no two cars can have the same VIN. All vehicle’s made since 1981 have a VIN of 17 numbers and capital letters that serve as a unique identifier for the car. 

A VIN displays your car's unique features, specifications and the manufacturer and can be found on the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle. The simplest way to find it is to stand outside your car on the driver's side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. If you don’t see the VIN there, try opening your driver’s side door and look on the frame or your car closest to the handle side of the car door. Usually you’ll also find your VIN displayed here as well. 

Still having problems finding it? You can also check a past insurance policy, on your vehicle’s registration or right on your vehicle’s title. 

While not the most fun thing to go on a scavenger hunt for, your VIN is critical to provide you with the most accurate car insurance quote and to assure you’re getting the most accurate coverage for you (and your car’s) needs.