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

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

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