Can VIN tell you a little history on the mini?

Discussion in 'MINI' started by purebred, Sep 1, 2013.

Tags:
  1. purebred

    purebred New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    13
    2
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0
    I have had my Mini for about 4 months now and was wondering how to tell if it is special or not. It has leather interior and sunroof and some other stuff. Was wondering if its a plain Jane or is there anyway to tell from vin if it is regular or anything else. Thanks. DSCF2059_zps474e420f.jpg
     
  2. MCS02

    MCS02 Moderator
    Staff Member Articles Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2009
    10,621
    5,775
    113
    Male
    Ratings:
    +7,157 / 9 / -3
    Well first off, all Minis are special. Of course R53's are a little more special than others. (Except classics) :biggrin5: :devil:
    You can take your key to the dealer and they can print all the options by reading the key.
     
  3. Firebro17

    Firebro17 Dazed, but not Confused
    Lifetime Supporter

    Sep 18, 2010
    7,820
    3,327
    113
    Retired CAL FIRE Battalion Chief
    The Great Irrigated Desert of Central CA
    Ratings:
    +3,328 / 0 / -0
    They should also be able to scan that key and tell what work has been performed at a MINI dealership as well. In any event, the cars repair history should be available by punching in the VIN.
     
  4. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    Alternatively, you can call MINI US 866-ASK-MINI for much of the same information.
     
  5. MCS02

    MCS02 Moderator
    Staff Member Articles Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2009
    10,621
    5,775
    113
    Male
    Ratings:
    +7,157 / 9 / -3
    I did not know that! Thanks Nathan
     
  6. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    Not only can you get how the car was built they can also tell you what dealer sold the car and the in service date.

    You'll need just the last characters from the VIN when you call.

    Calling MINI US will also give you the opportunity to provide MINI with your information to be tied to the VIN in the event of recall notices.

    I'm not sure if they can provide service history, they can let you know if there are outstanding recalls, if there were any.

    The dealer on the other hand may give you the full service history after reading the fob. Some dealers will not disclose this info for some odd reason. Most will provide the history, so it is on a case by case basis.
     
  7. rkw

    rkw Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2009
    1,253
    443
    83
    San Francisco
    Ratings:
    +449 / 0 / -0
    Enter your VIN here for a list of the factory build options on your car: http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html
    There are some blank areas when it displays the results. Make sure to keep scrolling down.

    There are other online VIN decoders that give only basic information about model and build date. This one seems to actually pull info from a BMW database. It is spot on with all the factory options on my '06 R52.
     
  8. purebred

    purebred New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    13
    2
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0
    Thank you all Gentlemen.
     
  9. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
    Wow, that's informational. Now I know the exact build date of my car. 11/27/06. I knew it was one of the last R53's but it was hard to tell just how late it was, now I know.
     
  10. purebred

    purebred New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    13
    2
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0
    I only have one key for my Mini. I have heard these are expensive? I want to get another one some day, but just retired and with all the Gun buying and My new, to me Mini, My Wife says slow down a bit on the finances. Want to get the manual as well.
     
  11. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
    25,144
    10,033
    113
    Writer
    Short North
    Ratings:
    +10,050 / 0 / -0
  12. purebred

    purebred New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    13
    2
    0
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0
    Thank you Nathan, what I meant to say was the Bentley manual.
     

Share This Page