The chassis number or the Vehicle Identification Number is a unique identification number of the car. The 17-digit number has all the details related to the car and ensures that these cannot be duplicated, if stolen. The Vehicle Identification Number of the car can be found on various parts of the vehicle and knowing where it is present is important during the time of vehicle registration or when you need to renew the registration of the vehicle. That said, let’s breakdown what exactly is the Vehicle Identification Number of a car and where to find the VIN or the chassis number of your vehicle.
As already mentioned, the chassis number of a car basically has all the details of the car, and a unique serial number to ensure that the model cannot be duplicated. We’ve listed out the significance of the 17-digit number and what is consists:
There are numerous ways to find the chassis number of a car as listed below:
As soon as a car is purchased, the manufacturer gets it registered at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in their jurisdiction. The RTO then prints the chassis number of the vehicle on the registration certificate of the car.
Some cars have the chassis number on the dashboard on the side of the driver.
Car manufacturers often print the chassis number of the car on the side door by the driver’s seat. On opening the door, the car owner should be able to spot the chassis number easily.
Every car manufacturer prints the Vehicle Identification Number on the chassis of the vehicle just by the engine. This is the easy to spot once the hood of the car has been lifted.
For convenience sake, car manufacturers also print the chassis number under the front grille of the car.
Car manufacturers also print the chassis number under the spare tyre in the boot of the vehicle. Lift the spare tyre and you will spot it.
A few car manufacturers print the chassis number above the rear wheel. However, with this option, the chassis number might be difficult to locate. In the case of second-hand vehicles, the buyer of the used vehicle must ensure that the chassis number as printed on the vehicle and what’s mentioned in the registration certificate of the vehicle match. If there is a discrepancy, refrain from purchasing the vehicle as it is quite possible that the vehicle has been stolen.
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