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Where can I find my VIN?

Vehicle Identification Number Locations

You can think of a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) as kind of like a social security number for your vehicle. It’s a one-of-a-kind string of characters that can help identify for your ride in the sea of cars that exist in this world. Unlike a social security number, however, there’s no need to keep your VIN confidential.

Customers sometimes ask us here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert: where can I find the VIN on my vehicle?

The most common location for a vehicle’s VIN is on the lower-left corner of the dashboard, in front of the steering wheel, near where the dashboard meets the edge of the windshield on the driver’s side. Typically, the number is affixed to a metal plate. This convenient location allows onlookers to read the number with ease by looking through the windshield on the driver’s side of the vehicle. See what we mean by saying there’s no pressure at all to keep this number confidential?

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Where else might my VIN be located?

There are other locations you’re likely to find the VIN as well. These include the:

  • Front of the engine block. Spot this one by popping open the hood and taking a look at the front of the engine.
  • Front of the car frame. This would be near the container that holds the windshield washer fluid.
  • Rear wheel well. Look up, directly above the tire.
  • Inside driver-side doorjamb. Open the door and look underneath where the side-view mirror would be located if the door was shut.
  • Driver-side doorpost. Open the door and look near the spot where the door latches, not too far from the seatbelt return.
  • Underneath the spare tire. This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

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Is the VIN recorded anywhere outside of my vehicle?

In addition to the above, the VIN can be found on your insurance card. The VIN should be published there along with your insurance information.

Why is the VIN located in these places?

In general, the VIN is located on various important parts of your vehicle, such as the transmission. This is for security purposes.

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