What is A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identification code for a SPECIFIC car.
The VIN serves as the automobile’s fingerprint, as no two operating vehicles have the same VIN.
A VIN is made up of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN shows the car’s unique features, specifications, and manufacturer.
The VIN can be used to track market recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts, and insurance coverage.
What if the VIN doesn’t have 17 characters?
Double-check to make sure you have the correct VIN and copied it correctly. Once you’ve verified that the VIN is less than 17 characters long, it’s most likely a pre-1981 vehicle.
Before 1981, VINs ranged in length from 11 to 17 characters. AutoCheck can only report vehicles that use a 17-character VIN. Therefore, information on vehicles manufactured before 1981 is limited.
VIN decoding explained
The VIN can be found by looking at the dash on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The easiest way to see it is to stand outside the vehicle on the driver’s side and look at the dashboard’s corner where it meets the windshield.
If the VIN cannot be found there, open the driver’s side door and look at the door post (where the door locks when closed). The VIN is also likely to be displayed at this location. See the image below:
To Locate The VIN Of A Vehicle, Do these:
- Look through Insurance card/insurance policy
- Vehicle title and registration
To Register A Trailer Without VIN You Will Require;
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Proof of ownership
In most cases, the title applicant will present a Certificate of Title or a Manufacturer’s Declaration of Origin (MSO) as proof of ownership. However, there are certain exceptions to this:
· Out-of-State Purchase: Some states do not title or register trailers. In those cases, the applicant must present a bill of sale as proof of ownership.
Your email must include the weight of the trailer, as well as the trailer description.
Additional information such as;
- The trailer type and
- The name of the state where the seller resides is also required.
- Kit: A trailer that is purchased from a retailer (in-state or out-of-state) as a kit will not usually come with an MSO. In that case, the applicant can present a bill of sale or a paid invoice
- Farm Cart – An applicant applying for the title of a farm cart can submit a bill of sale, a paid invoice, a statement describing the unit, the name of the seller, the purchase price, and all the facts related to it the acquisition of the property.
Can you register a trailer without VIN? Yes, you can.