How to decode Vehicle Information Numbers:
Locate the VIN, which is typically found on the inside of the driver's door jamb and windshield, and enter it into CARFAX Canada's decoder.
Hit “DECODE” to check for details about a car like year, make, model, where it was made, and a preview of records indicating accident history, safety recalls and more.
Use the free decoded information to determine if you want to run a CARFAX Canada report and get the vehicle’s complete history.
To date, 13,170,671 CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Reports have been issued. Find out what they're checking for.
What is a vehicle identification number?
A vehicle identification number is a series of digits unique to each vehicle manufactured for sale in Canada. Our free decoder can provide details about a used car like year, make, model, where it was made, and a preview of records indicating accident history, safety recalls, maintenance records, odometer readings and more.
Where can I find the VIN number?
On the vehicle's dashboard, inside the windshield on the driver's side. It can also be found on the door jamb inside, right where the driver's side door latches. You can also find it on documents like the vehicle's ownership, insurance and service records.
Why do I need a VIN check?
Once a VIN is decoded, you’ll see a free preview of some important information about the car’s history. Consider purchasing a CARFAX Canada report with complete details to help you get the right vehicle at the right price.
What does a VIN search tell me?
Once decoded, details like the car's year, make, model, and where it was made will be revealed. When combined with a comprehensive vehicle history report, you'll receive further details like accident history, safety recalls, maintenance records, odometer readings and more.
What if my VIN doesn’t decode?
First, ensure each digit was entered correctly. Keep in mind that VINs never have the letters 'O' or 'I' in them so make sure these weren't added instead of the numbers '1' and '0.' This is a common error. In most cases, vehicles with VINs shorter than 17 digits were manufactured prior to 1981, and will not decode. This means that CARFAX Canada will not be able to identify the year, make and model for the vehicle. However, CARFAX Canada can still report any vehicle history information collected and archived by our data providers.
How can I verify my vehicle identification number?
Have you been given a fake VIN? Check each location where the number appears on your car to make sure it is the same in each place and that there are no signs of tampering. Match this number to the one found on the original vehicle registration form (not a photocopy). Lastly, you can use CARFAX Canada's free decoder to reveal the vehicle's characteristics and confirm that they all match.
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