When buying a new vehicle, the first thing you (as a buyer) look for, is the comfort of the vehicle. Next, you may consider whether it meets your requirements of power, safety and convenience. After those considerations, you move on to shortlisting these vehicles based on the mileage, colour, and engine capacity.
But when looking for these factors, at times, you might not realize that you are being recommended an older production model of the vehicle. For starters, the one being suggested to you, may not be the latest one that the dealer has. Thus, it is important to check for it before you finalise the decision.
All such details of your vehicle, such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), engine number and chassis number can be found out. This article mentions some of the different ways to acquire these details. Before you know where to look, ensure that you understand well what VIN is.
What is the meaning of VIN in your vehicle?
VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is a unique number allotted to the car by its manufacturer. It is also known as the chassis number of your vehicle. This unique field helps the registration authorities know which specific unit of the manufacturer is being registered in the buyer’s name. VIN is a 17-digit number which is distinctive from the other models and the make of the vehicle.
How to get the VIN for your vehicle?
The VIN for your vehicle can be found in not one but multiple ways. Here are some of them you can try out to locate the VIN:
1. The registration certificate of your vehicle
The primary document that has all details of your vehicle is the registration document. Since it serves as identification proof for your vehicle, it also contains details of the VIN. When your motor vehicle is registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO), the RTO prints the chassis number on the registration certificate. In case you have the newer version of the registration certificate, which is a smart card, you can find the VIN details embedded on the chip along with other details of your vehicle. *
2. The motor insurance policy
Since it is mandatory to have at least third-party vehicle insurance, all vehicles, whether privately owned or commercial, are required to have a vehicle insurance policy. This insurance document contains several details of the motor vehicle, including its VIN. So, you can check the VIN, right in your motor insurance
policy. Modern-day insurance policies can even be bought online. Thus, it is even easier to check for VIN without going through the entire insurance document. *
3. On different parts of the vehicle
The VIN or the chassis number is not just printed on the registration certificate and the insurance policy, it is also embossed on the different parts of your vehicle. For instance, certain car manufacturers print the VIN on the dashboard. Further, it can also be found on the B-pillar of your car behind the driver-side door. For some two-wheelers, it is located on the chassis near the front suspension.
The hood of the vehicle is also one part where some manufacturers etch the VIN. In some cars, the VIN can be found under the spare wheel in the boot space. Since it is inside the vehicle, it remains protected from erosion. *
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Understanding the Vehicle Identification Number
The VIN is a 17-digit number, as mentioned above. Here’s what each number means, and how you should interpret it:
- The first digit is the location where the car was manufactured.
- The second and third digit denotes the details of the manufacturer.
- From the fourth to the eighth digit, the car’s brand, engine type, capacity, and fuel type are denoted.
- The ninth digit is a security code provided by the manufacturer.
- The tenth digit denotes the manufacturing year of the vehicle.
- The eleventh digit is the manufacturing plant of the vehicle.
- The remaining six digits are the unique serial number assigned to your vehicle.
Where can the engine number be found on your vehicle?
Similar to the chassis number, the engine number is another unique field for the vehicle’s engine. It too serves as an identifier for the vehicle’s engine. However, it is important to note that the VIN and the engine number are not the same and are two separate unique fields.
The engine number can be found embossed on the vehicle’s engine. In most cases, it is a metal sticker imprinted and placed on the engine in a way that you can see it clearly. Also, the registration certificate of your vehicle mentions its engine number. Finally, even the insurance policy document has a mention of the engine number alongside the VIN and other registration details of the vehicle. Also check out the commercial vehicle insurance
offered at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.
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