A VIN number is different from a rego number. Unlike rego, the VIN of a vehicle cannot be changed, it stays with the vehicle for life and is used to properly identify the vehicle. Usually the rego and VIN number are linked, however this is not always the case. So if you have done a rego check before purchasing a car, it does not mean that you don’t need a VIN check.
What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?
The VIN is a number made up of 17 characters and is unique to each vehicle. It is used to identify individual vehicles. A VIN uses numbers and letter, except for, I, O and Q as these letters are easily mistaken for others.
Where is the VIN number?
The VIN number is often attached to the vehicle on a plate or stamped onto the chassis. There are also a few places that you can check to find the VIN:
- In the documents of insurance or registration
- The registration label
- The door jam or windshield of the passenger’s side
Why Do I Need a VIN Check?
Performing a VIN check can quickly show if something is not standard, such as different body type or model. A VIN number check can reveal many details of the history of the car in question. It is one way to make sure that the vehicle you are buying is what you are being presented with. You will also know that if the vehicle has been stolen, written-off or attached with a loan. Therefore, to avoid any fraud, you should get a VIN check whenever you plan on purchasing a car.
What Will I Know from a VIN Check Report?
A VIN check report can show many elements and the history of the vehicle, including:
- Finance Owing – does the vehicle have a loan or debt owing against it?
- Damage or Write Off Status – was the vehicle involved in a major accident?
- Stolen Vehicles – has the vehicle been reported as stolen?
- Registration – what is the current rego and is it valid?
A VIN check also shows other details such as the make, model and colour of the vehicle. Sometimes these details may not match, but if the seller is able to provide the paperwork to justify the differences, then usually this is okay. For example, they may have replaced the engine, so the engine numbers may not match, but being provided with a receipt stating such then you are probably dealing with an honest seller. Basically, nothing should be a surprise when reading the report, as all sellers should be up front about changes that they have made to the vehicle. Especially if you are dealing with a vehicle that has been heavily and obviously modified.
How to get a VIN Check Report?
Getting a VIN number check is simple and low cost. You may order a VIN number check from CARIFY or other online services. To get a VIN Check from CARIFY, all you need is the following 3 things:
- VIN or REGO number
- Credit or debit card
- Email address