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Q: Where do I find the vehicle identification number?

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Where do I find the vehicle identification number?

A: Your car has an identification number, call...

Your car has an identification number, call the vehicle identification number, or VIN. This number is used for a very wide range of purposes, from insurance to transferring the title and a great deal more. You’ll need to know where to find it for these situations. You can find the VIN in the following locations:

  • Stamped on a metal placard on the dash in front of the driver position (it’s very close to the windshield)

  • On some models, it’s stamped on a placard under the front of the passenger seat.

  • The VIN is listed on the driver side door placard, along with other important information, including tire pressure, tire size, vehicle towing capabilities and more.

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