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Free VIN number check, VIN number explained

   Free VIN Number Check

   VIN Number Explained

OK, you know where to find Vehicle Information Number (VIN number), and you learned how and where to use it to check used car history before you buy. Here is short reference in case you wandered what letters and numbers in VIN stand for.

VIN number represents cars own fingerprint. It is used to precisely identify specific car. Running VIN number check, you'll learn the complete history of a car. It gives us the way to trace what has happened with vehicle since the day it went under the hammer to the day it ends in junkyard.

How to read VIN number?

VIN number consists of 17 characters separated in four sections.

The first three characters shall uniquely identify the manufacturer, make and type of vehicle :

  1. First number Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured:
    USA (1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Germany (W), Japan (J), Italy (Z), Korea (K), England (S)...
  2. Second character specifies the manufacturer:
    Audi (A), BMW (B), Buick (4), Cadillac (6), Chevrolet (1), Chrysler (C), Dodge (B), Ford (F), GM Canada (7), General Motors (G), Honda (H), Jaguar (A), Lincoln (L), Mercedes Benz (D), Mercury (M), Nissan (N), Oldsmobile (3), Pontiac (2or5), Plymouth (P), Toyota (T), VW (V), Volvo(V)...
  3. Third VIN character indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
  4. ...
  5. ...
  6. Fourth through eighth vehicle identification number digit reveals the vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series,...
  7. ...
  8. ...
  9. The digit is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous VIN numbers.
  10. Tenth VIN character tells the model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993 (P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X), 2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3), 2004 (4), 2005 (5).
  11. Eleventh digit reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.
  12. through 17.  VIN number digits indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled of the manufacturers assembly line. This five digit serial number starts at 000001 at the beginning of every model year.

Now that You understand what all those letters and numbers stand for, You can easily decipher any VIN number, and buying used car will be as easy as any shopping.

Maybe not.

Maybe it could be a bit easier to run a VIN number check online and get an instant report on used car history from nationwide databases: accident damage, damage from hail, flood or fire, mileage discrepancies or odometer rollback, lemon vehicles, and more...



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