VIN Decoder

Use the VIN number search on our site. We'll automatically add it so you can find the parts you need.

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How to find your car VIN number

Look for your car's VIN at the front of the dashboard of the driver's side of the vehicle. It's easiest to see from outside the car, looking in through the windshield at the area where the hood ends and the windshield begins.

Or, look for the VIN on the post of the driver's side door. You'll see this when you open the door and look around the area where the door latches to the car.

If you can't find the VIN on the car, it should be printed on your insurance cards and your vehicle's title.


What is a VIN number?

A VIN (vehicle identification number) is a 17-digit code of letters and numbers that identifies a car uniquely, like car DNA. Each section of the code provides a specific piece of information about the vehicle, including year, make, model, engine size, and the country and factory where the car was made. The VIN also carries security features for owners and manufacturers.

If your vehicle was made before 1981, the VIN may be shorter than 17 characters. This decoder works best with post-1981 vehicles.


Why does a VIN matter?

VIN numbers provide important and specific information about your car. On AutoZone.com, it will make sure we identify the correct vehicle on the site before providing part match recommendations. Service shops use the VIN to learn about the vehicle's history, quickly identifying service and accident history records. Manufacturers use the VIN to find vehicles when they issue recalls, and law enforcement can use it to help recover stolen vehicles.


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