How To Find The VIN, Chassis Number & Engine Number Of Your Bike

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 28/06/2020

As the owner of a bike, you will need to know how to find the VIN, chassis number and engine number of your bike. Read the article to find out how to do it.

How To Find The VIN, Chassis Number & Engine Number Of Your Bike

Do you think it’s only a unique number plate that makes your bike distinct? Think again. While a number plate can be switched out if a bike is stolen, there is another way to identify it. To give each bike a unique identity, there are specific numbers inscribed on its chassis and engine. Moreover, a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is also provided, which gives key data such as year of manufacture, registration details, etc.

However, many of us don’t know how to find the VIN, chassis number and engine number. These figures play a vital role in ensuring the security of your bike over its lifespan. They are also considered as the most authentic source of finding out the history of the bike.

What is a VIN?

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is an alphanumeric code with 17 characters. The numbers and letters help to identify details of the bike, such as the location and year of manufacture. The VIN also reveals whether the vehicle is private or commercial. It helps in finding out details related to the bike’s age, insurance policy, number of recalls, registration, and other details.

Why is VIN important for buyers of used bikes?

For people going for used bikes, the VIN can be handy as it reveals critical information when run through a specific database. It will display the year of manufacture, accident history, and other key details that you might not know immediately if you’re not the original buyer. The database is available with dealers involved in the registration process. Having this information can help you make a wise decision about a prospective purchase.

How to read the VIN?

Of the 17 characters that make up a VIN, the first three are known as the World Manufacturer Identifier and are used to identify the bike maker and country of origin. Characters 4-9 form the Vehicle Descriptor Section. This reveals different traits of the vehicle, such as body type, the model of vehicle, etc. The last 8 characters make up the Vehicle Identifier Section. This offers more detailed info about the bike, such as its model year, engine, transmission and plant code.

How to find the VIN, chassis number, and engine number?

Before we get into details of how to find the VIN, chassis number, and engine number, it should be noted that the chassis number is a part of the VIN number. However, the engine number is not.

There is no one place to find the VIN number on a bike. Different manufacturers choose different places to stamp this unique number. However, it is mostly engraved on the part joining the body of the bike with the handle. Turn the handle to the right, and you should be able to locate the number on the neck stem or the short tube where the frame connects to the handle. The last 6 digits are the chassis number of the bike.

The engine number is the easiest to locate as it is imprinted on the engine. It can be found in the owner manual and the registration certificate as well. It is used for identification purposes. However, it is different from the VIN number and should not be confused with it. The engine number is used to identify the year and the serial number of the engine and not the bike itself.

Now that you know how to identify your bike in case of theft or loss, make sure your insurance is up to date. Make sure you #ThinkAhead and get comprehensive bike insurance such as TATA AIG’s Auto Secure Two Wheeler Package Policy that offers maximum benefits at an affordable price.

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