September 28, 2020

Finding the Chassis and Engine Number of Your Vehicle

A chassis number is a serial number used to identify a motor vehicle manufactured before 1989. It is a series of numbers or letters attached to or stamped on a vehicle by its manufacturer. You can usually find a chassis number in the engine bay or on the chassis itself. The chassis number may also appear on the vehicle registration papers.

The chassis number is the last six digits of your car’s Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), so you need to find the VIN to determine the chassis number. Cars and motorcycles list the VIN in different places, so where you look will depend on the type of vehicle you have. The engine number is the number that is stamped on your vehicle’s engine. If you are having trouble finding the VIN or engine number on your vehicle, there are several places that you can check.

1.Check your paperwork

If you do not have access to your vehicle or if you do not want to go looking around the vehicle for the VIN, there are several different pieces of paperwork that should include the VIN. Some of the documents that you can check include:

  • Title
  • Registration card
  • Owner’s manual
  • Insurance documents
  • Body shop repair records
  • Police reports
  • Vehicle history reports

2.Find the ID Plate on Your Vehicle

The ID plate is usually located on the firewall in the engine compartment or on the center pillar. You can also find the Chassis Number (VIN) on the locations below:

  • Front of engine block under hood
  • Front end of frame (old cars)
  • Driver’s side interior dash
  • Driver’s side door jamb (inside)
  1. The easiest place to find the VIN on your vehicle is right on the lower left corner of your dashboard. You should be able to read the number by looking through your windshield on the driver’s side of your car.
  2. You can pop your hoodand look at the front of the engine block. The VIN number may be written there on the block.
  3. Sometimes the VIN is written on the front of the vehicle’s frame, somewhere near the windshield washer fluid container. You go to the front of the car, pop your hood, locate your window washer fluid container, close the hood, and then inspect the vehicle’s frame near this area of your vehicle for the VIN.
  4. The VIN might also be located in the driver’s side doorjamb or on the doorpost. Open your driver’s side door and look around the edges of the doorjamb for a little white sticker.

    If your VIN is on the doorjamb, then it should be on the area of the doorjamb just below the level of the rearview mirror. The VIN number may also be on the opposite side of the driver’s side doorjamb, near where the driver’s side seatbelt latches.
  5. Peekunder the wheel well. Another place you can check is under your rear wheel well. You will probably need a flashlight to see the VIN if it is written there. You simply go to the back of your car, get down on the ground, and look up at your wheel well. Check both sides to see if the VIN is recorded there.
  6. If you have a spare tire in the back of your trunk and you haven’t found the VIN anywhere else, it might be back there. Pop your trunk, remove the spare tire, and look in the space where the spare is usually kept. The VIN may be written in this area.

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Article Written By Jaden El Kadiri © 2020-04-15