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Is Sharing Your Vehicle Identification Number [VIN] With Car Buyers Safe?

Is it safe to disclose you VIN to a prospective buyer when selling a car? This is a very common question we hear all the time. People worry that disclosing their VIN might expose their personal information. In our article we’ll explain the potential risks and benefits so that you can make an informed decision.

What is A vehicle identification number (VIN)?

The VIN number is your car’s unique identification given to it during production. A (VIN) holds information on a vehicle’s history, model year, specific make, location of manufacture, and model and trim levels. Any license plates, registration, insurance, and owners are all linked to the VIN.

What information does a VIN provided?

  • The country or area where the automobile was manufactured
  • Vehicle features (model, type, style, colour, etc.)
  • Specific technical features
  • The year of production
  • The Factory code 

Do I legally need to share my VIN in NSW?

No it is not a legal requirement in NSW. However, sharing the VIN is preferable because it speeds up and increases the transparency of the selling process.

What are the risks?

The risks of sharing your VIN to a potential buy are relatively low because for most vehicles the VIN is visible on the dashboard and can be already be seen by the general public when you park your car. 

However, VIN cloning, also known as VIN exposure, is your most significant risk. It occurs when a stolen car of the same model copies your VIN in order to appear legitimate.

It is simple to fake the VIN but much more challenging to change the car’s licence plate number and registration. Cross-checking the VIN with the registration of the car is an easy way to confirm if a VIN is legitimate. 

The VIN is often displayed on the dashboard and publicly visible

Should I Give a Potential Buyer My VIN Number? 

Giving prospective buyers access to your VIN makes the transaction more quick and transparent. The buyer can verify the vehicle’s history and confirm everything is in order themselves. This saves time and shows that you are honest about your vehicle’s condition. 

It’s recommended to meet potential purchasers face-to-face and only reveal the VIN if they appear sincere about purchasing the vehicle. When selling to car dealers you are generally required to disclose the VIN. 

However, we don’t recommend disclosing your VIN online or on social media as part of your car advertisement.

How Do I Find My VIN?

Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is your vehicle’s unique 17-character code. Car VIN can be found in a few places inside and outside your automotive:

  • Where the corner of the dashboard meets the windshield on the driver’s side.
  • The door post is on the driver’s side (where the door latches when it’s closed).
  • At the front of the engine block (when you open the bonnet)
  • At the front end of the frame behind the driver’s side tyre.
  • Inside of the driver’s side door jamb (where the door connects to the body of the car).

If you still can’t find it, check your vehicle’s registration certificate or the owner’s manual.


In the end, disclosing your VIN appears to be a safe and beneficial move. It conveys goodwill and increases your credibility when selling your car. 

As long as you don’t share you VIN on your car advertisement, there is no need to take additional precautions.

If you’re looking to sell your car and wanting to skip the hassle of selling privately or trading in to dealer, give our friendly team a call.

We offer top cash for you car, whether is has registration. Even if your car is old or not running we can still remove it for free and give you the best deal. 

You can reach us by calling 0422 600 833, or filling out our contact form above. 

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