If you need to find the VIN number of your Toyota Yaris (1999 – 2005) it can be slightly confusing. On some models the number can be located on the lower part of windscreen, which is visible when looking at the bottom of the windscreen from the outside of the car.
Or it can be engraved on a chunk of metal directly above the engine. This post is not about these two locations. The third location for the VIN is on a little metal plate located under the bonnet (Hood) on the driver’s side. Pictured below. This is the location I want to talk about today.
Toyota Yaris SR Year 2000 VIN Number Location
Vehicle I.D Number Is The VIN. Not the model number.Picture Credit: http://www.toyota.com.au/
I recently bought a Toyota Yaris SR (Year 2000) that didn’t come with a V5C. As you may know, in order to get a new V5C you need to fill out a slip together with a postal order for around £25 and sent it off to the DVLA. I done all that was required then waited for the V5C to arrive in my name. After a few weeks I had a letter from the DVLA telling me that they needed the VIN number and car details like make and model to process the V5C request. I thought to myself, I’ve already done this.
But it wasn’t until I looked at the metal plate again which holds the VIN number, alongside other numbers and codes, like model number etc, that I realised I had sent them the wrong number. I sent them the model number! I thought that was the VIN number. It’s an easy mistake to make, I think. Anyway, I re-sent them the correct details and am now waiting for the V5C to arrive, but have had a letter telling me it’s on the way so it’s all good. So the reason for this post was to show what number the VIN actually is on the plate because I suspect that anyone else who’s not too clued up about VIN numbers can easily make the same mistake.
So if you need to send the DVLA your Toyota Yaris VIN number for any reason and it’s located on a metal plate under the bonnet (Hood) on the driver’s side this is the right number to send, The 17 digit Vehicle I.D Number as pictured above. I wished I’d have known this before I sent mine off. Luckily I still had a long amount of tax left on the vehicle so it wasn’t too much of a problem. But if you have short tax on your Yaris and you make the mistake of sending the DVLA the wrong VIN number it takes a long time for them to contact you in order for you to re-send them the right number. Something to consider if you need to tax your car in a hurry. If you have no V5C you can’t tax your car.
If you can’t find your VIN number at the location talked about here just look for it at the other two locations mentioned above. The lower part of windscreen, which is visible when looking at the bottom of the windscreen from the outside of the car. Or engraved on a chunk of metal directly above the engine. And just remember when checking those locations that it’s the 17 digit model number, as shown on the image above above that you need to make a note of.