VIN Scanner

For Apple (iOS), Android and Desktop

Use your camera to automatically find VIN numbers in printed text, handwriting, screens or the vehicle's barcode or dashboard. Instantly load configuration, trim, appraisal, and history report.

iPhone Scanning a VIN Number

VIN Scanner: Capture VIN Numbers from Vehicles, Handwriting, Print, Screens, Barcodes & More

Stop typing VIN numbers and making errors with the help of the Carbly VIN Scanner. Speed up your workflow by pointing your camera at the VIN, barcode or vehicle dashboard and let us do the work.

Never Type a VIN Number Again

Carbly's built-in VIN scanner uses text recognition to automatically find VIN numbers in printed text or barcodes. What this means is that you can effortlessy and quickly capture VINs from all sorts of places without fear of making errors.

OCR VIN Scanner

Text Recognition

Carbly uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to find VIN numbers in a sea of text. You can pull VINs out of printed paper, emails, texts and more.

Barcode VIN Scanner

Fast Barcode Scanning

Quickly and accurately get a vehicle's details from a VIN barcode. Effortless.

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Full Vehicle Details

Once you've scanned the VIN number, Carbly shows you everything you need to know about a vehicle including detailed appraisal data to CARFAX vehicle history reports.

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See our Vin Scanner in Action

See how our VIN Scanner works in the summary video below. Utilizing our best-in-class VIN Scanner will allow you to make less errors and streamline your workflow.

Carbly's VIN scanner works in a wide variety of conditions, and has sophisticated technology to ensure you get results quickly and accurately. We support Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes, text recognition and more. Carbly is currently available for both iOS and Android. Carbly is for licensed auto dealers only.

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VIN Numbers Explained

With Carbly, you don't have to know what a VIN number actually represents, since the app handles decoding for you. But if you're interested, there's much that can be learned by understanding the structure of a VIN.

VIN number analysis

Build location

The first digit in a VIN number is the build location. This indicates the country in which the vehicle was built. In some cases, the second digit of the VIN is also used to uniquely identify the country. Here are some common countries and their respective codes:

United States: 1, 4, 5
Canada: 2
Mexico: 3
Australia: 6A-6W
Japan: J
Korea: K
France: VF-VR
Switzerland: T
Germany: SN-ST, W
Sweden: YS-YW
Spain: VS-VW
Italy: Z


Digits 2 and 3 represent the manufacturer of the vehicle. Some common manufacturer codes are:

Audi: AU, A1
Buick: G4
Dodge: B3
Chevrolet: G1
Chrysler: C3, C4, C6
Ferrari: FF
Fiat: FA
Ford: FA, FB, FC, FD, FM
Honda: 1H, JH
Hyundai: KM
Jaguar: AJ
Jeep: J4, J8
Lamborghini: HW
Land Rover: AL
Lotus: CC
Mazda: MZ, 4F
Mercedes: DB
Mitsubishi: MB, MY
Nissan: JN
Porsche: P0, P1
Toyota: JT
Volkswagen: VW
Volvo: V1, V2, V3, V4

Brand, Engine Size and Type

Digits 4 through 8 indicate the specifics of the vehicle configuration.

Check Digit

The ninth digit in the VIN represents a check digit used for VIN validation. This is particularly helpful for computer systems to verify that they have read the VIN number correctly.

Vehicle Year

The tenth position in a VIN indicates the vehicle year. Starting with A, representing 1980 and counting up from there.

Assembly Plant

At position eleven, a single digit is used by manufacturers to indicate which physical plant in which the vehicle was assembled.

Serial Number

The final six digits in a VIN are used to uniquely identify a particular vehicle.

Where to Find Your Car's VIN Number

The first place to look for your vehicle's vin number is by standing outside of the car, looking at the bottom of the windshield on the driver's side. Through the glass, you should see a small metal plate on the dashboard that has the VIN number and possibly a barcode.

If you don't find the VIN there (or you only see a barcode), the second place to look is by opening the driver's side door and looking at door post. It is often near the sticker that tells you about tire pressure and weight specifications.

The third place to look is on the driver's side door itself. Sometimes the VIN number is on the door, near where the latch is.

Finally, if you can't find the VIN on your vehicle, you can always check either your insurance cards or your vehicle title.

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