Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions Most People ask:

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What is a VIN number?

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-character string of letters and numbers that is assigned to every vehicle during manufacture. The VIN of a vehicle can be used to gain access to the vehicle’s history and past records. You can get an enormous amount of information from the vehicle by its VIN number, including its year, make, model, history, records, and many more. 

Be aware that there are vehicles with VINs with fewer than the standard 17 characters. These vehicles were manufactured before the standardization in 1980, and were assigned VINs with varying length. There are 5-digit VINs, 7-digit VINs, 13-digit VINs, and so on.

Where can I find the VIN number?
The Vehicle Identification number can be found in different locations. If you are having trouble finding the VIN on your vehicle, then you can take a look at the following locations:
  • Dashboard, right under the windshield.
  • Driver’s side door, just by the doorpost.
  • Front of the engine block.
  • Documents pertaining to vehicle registration and title.
  • Contact the dealer you purchased your vehicle from.
Do cars in Europe have VIN numbers?

Yes, every car in Europe has a vehicle identification number. Car manufacturers are required by law to attach standard VINs of 17 characters to every vehicle they design and produce. The VIN serves as a method to keep track of vehicle records. It is also required for the car’s registration and gaining full ownership of vehicles worldwide. Be aware that fake VINs and fraudulent activities related to the VIN of any vehicle are punishable by law.

How do you read a European VIN?
Since 1980, a standard VIN has been a 17-character string of letters and numbers that is assigned to every vehicle from the manufacturer. These digits and letters are significant since they  hold different pieces of information on the vehicle. To read a European VIN, you must understand what each character represents. The following highlights the information you can read from a European VIN:
  • The location (country) where the vehicle was manufactured: It is denoted by the first letter or digit.
  • The vehicle’s manufacturer is denoted by the next two digits.
  • Vehicle specifications, such as the model, body style, engine, and trim level. These details are denoted by the next five digits.
  • The ninth character is referred to as the check number, and it denotes the originality of the VIN.
  • The year of the vehicle’s manufacture is encoded in the tenth character.
  • The plant where the vehicle was manufactured can be retrieved from the eleventh character.
  • The last six digits show the specific car serial number, which is the unique production number of each vehicle.
How can I find the history of my car?
To get the history of a car in Europe, all that is required is the car’s Vehicle Identification Number. After acquiring the VIN of a vehicle, a car owner, buyer, or enthusiast can easily get the vehicle information of a car by generating a vehicle history report from our website. Vehicle History Reports’ VIN Check tool thoroughly and accurately decodes the provided VIN and provides the details and information associated with the vehicle. Some of the details provided in a report from Vehicle History include:
  • Accurate vehicle specifications.
  • Accident history.
  • Damage history.
  • Odometer fraud.
  • Auction history with more than 10 photos (if available).
  • Title brand records.
  • Theft records.
  • Lien and loan records, and more.
Why do I need a vehicle history report?

There are several reasons why car buyers, owners, enthusiasts, and dealers may need a vehicle history report for vehicles they are interested in. One of the major reasons why vehicle history reports are required is to determine a vehicle’s reliability, performance, and dependability. With a vehicle history report it gets easy to identify reliable vehicles and make informed decisions.

How can I order a Vehicle History Report from Vehicle History Report?
Vehicle History Report provides the best value for its customers with its different vehicle history report packages. To place an order for a vehicle history report from Vehicle History, you will need to enter your car’s VIN into our form, and you will gain access to the records and information on your used vehicle. After filling out the form, you will be given instant access to the free vehicle specifications for your vehicle. To gain access to the car history report, however, you will need to purchase one of our available packages:
  • Basic package: 1 premium report.
  • Platinum package: 5 premium reports.
  • Gold package: 10 premium reports.
After payment, car buyers, owners, or enthusiasts are granted full access to the vehicle history reports of their European vehicles and can easily determine the reliability, performance, and dependability of their vehicles.
How does Vehicle History get its vehicle information?

Vehicle History gets its records and history from various information sources, such as government agencies, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and more. With the data collated across these sources, Vehicle History Report has access to thousands of records and can present them to customers in a detailed, concise, and comprehensive vehicle history report.

Can I have my vehicle history report as a document?

With Vehicle History Report, users are granted lifetime access to their vehicle history reports and can have them stored as pdf files on their devices or even have them sent via email.

Can I change my VIN number?

The Vehicle Identification Number of any vehicle is not meant to be altered throughout the lifespan of that vehicle. Any alteration of the VIN is a criminal offense and is punishable by law. The VIN of a vehicle is like the fingerprints of that vehicle and is not meant to be altered or changed.

Is there a free way to look up VIN numbers?

Yes, Vehicle History Report offers free VIN decoding to its customers. After the VIN has been decoded with the VIN decoding tool, car buyers and owners can access the vehicle specifications of their cars for free. However, to be provided with a detailed  premium vehicle history report, customers have to pay a fee.

What does a vehicle history report from Vehicle History contain?
A vehicle history report is a document that contains the history and records of a used vehicle. The information provided by a vehicle history report is necessary to make informed decisions before any car purchase. The information found in a vehicle history report from Vehicle History contains the following:
  • Accurate vehicle specifications.
  • Accident history.
  • Damage history.
  • Odometer fraud.
  • Auction history with more than 10 photos (if available).
  • Title brand records.
  • Theft records.
  • Lien and loan records.