BMW Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique code used by BMW to identify each car sold.
Every BMW will have the VIN in at least two of the following locations.
- Driver's Side Dashboard. You can usually locate the VIN by looking through the windshield of your car.
- Driver's Side Doorjamb.
- Under the Hood.
- Driver's Side Quarter Panel.
- Vehicle's Title Record.
- Vehicle's Insurance Card.
Location of BMW VIN at the bottom right corner of your windshield. This VIN needs to be accessed from the outside.
Open the driver's door and locate the sticker on the door jamb. Here you will find the VIN of your BMW. This sticker also shows the month and year the BMW was manufactured, model, and even paint code.
Here is an example of a BMW VIN.
Here is an example of a BMW VIN on an X5.
BMW is known to stamp the VIN by the strut tower on the driver or passenger side.
BMW prints the VIN on a small sticker placed behind the license plate.
The VIN of the BMW, in some cases, can also be displayed on the instrument cluster. The instructions vary between BMW models, and not all models can show the VIN.
Title or Registration
If you have any official paperwork for your BMW, it will have the VIN printed on it. Your BMW title or registration will have the VIN printed on top.
A BMW VIN will tell you the year, make, model, trim, options, transmission, engine, and even the color of your BMW. You can learn more about how to decode BMW here. You will also find your BMW VIN on your sales invoice, registration, and insurance card if you have all of your paperwork.