How to do a VIN Number Search on an Old Car

by Stephanie Ellen
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A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can give you a wealth of information about your classic car if you are familiar with manufacturer names and model numbers. For example, a VIN beginning with YM23J63 indicates that your car is a 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown, LeBaron, medium class, two-door hardtop with a B8 engine. The VIN can also be used to track your car's history: a check of the car's VIN on a national database will tell you if your car has been stolen or reported as totaled.

Step 1

Navigate to the NICB's VINCheck web page

Navigate to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's (NICB's) VINCheck web page (see Resources).

Step 2

Type in the car's VIN

Type the old car's VIN into the "Enter VIN" text box.

Step 3

Click the box to accept terms

Click the box next to "You must check here to acknowledge your understanding and acceptance of the terms and conditions of use."

Type the verification code

Type the verification code shown into the text box, then click "Search" to receive a report on your vehicle.


  • If no report is shown, then your vehicle has never been reported as stolen or totaled.

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