Where to Find the VIN on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer

Some VINs were stamped on the frame, while others were screwed on after manufacture. These VIN tags identify details about the Chevy pickup such as the original engine model. This can help when replacing parts or trying to understand the pickup's history. Look Vehicles a metal tag or a stamped set of characters to find your Chevy VIN.

Under The Hood:

 Where to Find the VIN on a Yamaha Rhino

VIN Location

The VIN on a Yamaha Rhino is etched into the frame behind a rear tire on the driver's side of the vehicle. If you cannot find the number on the vehicle, locate the ATV's certificate of title and registration, which also lists the VIN. Do not use the numbers stamped on the motor as it is only a serial number and not a VIN.

VIN Format

All Yamaha Rhino vehicles should have a 17-character VIN that aligns with ISO standards and describes specific characteristics of the ATV, such as the body style, engine type and assembly plant.

ATV History Check

The VIN can be used to run a vehicle history check to reveal major problems, such as major accidents, odometer tampering, fire or hail damage, owner history and whether it is a stolen vehicle. Many online services can retrieve background information by simply entering the VIN into the website's search page.

 How to Find the VIN on a 1958 Chevrolet Truck

Check on the inside doorjamb by the driver's side. This is found when you open the driver door--it's the part of the door frame that is hidden when the door is closed. Look all along this frame for the VIN tag.

Look near the inner fender well on the driver side. This is located on the curved top frame above the front driver-side tire. If you don't see the VIN, check this area on all four wheel frames. Feel around with your hands for any tag or etchings, as it might have been painted over.

Call your local Chevrolet dealer, or visit the website and email support. Give them specific details about the truck. If you cannot locate the VIN, it is possible your truck may not be a 1958 Chevrolet. A Chevrolet parts expert should be able to discern the true origins. It is also possible that the VIN has been removed, since many VIN plates were screwed on and not stamped.

 How to Find the VIN on Motorcycles

Turn your motorcycle's handlebars completely to the left. Look at the right side of the motorcycle's steering head, the area the front fork pivots against at the front of the frame. Write the 17-digit VIN number imprinted or stamped onto the side of the steering head onto a piece of paper.

Look on the left frame rail for a stamped plate or sticker containing the motorcycle's VIN number. These plates are typically found on most Japanese sport motorcycles, but may also apply to cruiser models.

Look under the rear of the motorcycle's frame. Some manufacturers will stamp the VIN onto a cross-member where the rear shock absorber is attached to the frame.

Items you will need

  • Paper

 How do I Find a VIN on a Kubota Tractor?

Lift the tractor's hood. Look for the serial number plate on the valve cover, referred to by Kubota as a head cover. It is located on the top of the engine. If the numbers are obscured due to wear and tear or the plate was removed, each engine model has a second serial number location.

Shine your flashlight near the oil filter or engine mounting block. This may require crouching underneath the tractor and looking up. The serial number plate is found in this location on ZB600 and EL/EA series engines. If you cannot find the serial number, the tractor may have an engine from a different series.

Focus on the top of the tractor. When facing the tractor from the front, the injection pump is to the right. The serial number appears on the pump on Super Mini, 03 series, and WG/DF 752 and 972 engines.

Inspect the rear of the engine closest to the cab. Shine the flashlight on the engine to illuminate small parts. The serial number is on the exhaust manifold for an 05 series engine and a WG/DF 1005 series engine.

Items you will need

  • Flashlight