Ladies, did you know that an automobile’s VIN is a very valuable piece of information to have on hand? Not a lot of women and men realize the importance of a vehicle’s VIN. This article on VIN Decoder will give you the proper information you need to know about what a VIN is, why it is important in a car buying decision, and how we come about finding our vehicle’s VIN.
Vehicle Identification Numbers, or VIN, are used by the automotive industry to identify cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Auto manufacturers first implemented this idea in 1954. Back then no real standards had been established, so the length of each code was different depending on the manufacturer. All cars produced after 1981 have their own unique 17-digit code. You might be thinking already, ok why the history lesson? But it is important to know the background of VINs and how this code can be useful in many situations.
Websites To Use To Check Your VIN
Are you looking to purchase a used car? If so, it is always wise to do your research first. There are websites like vincheckpro.com and lookupvin.com that allow potential buyers to look up information about cars that they are interested in. You can also use the famous carfax.com. Searching the car’s identifier will allow you to pull up history reports. These sites are great tools to use when looking to buy a used car because they can reveal several things about your vehicle. For example, they will tell you how many people have owned the car, whether the vehicle has been involved in any accidents, and maintenance related things like the last date of inspection. Most importantly, using these websites and looking up a vehicle’s VIN will guarantee you do not purchase a lemon. VINs can also be used to tell if an odometer has been rolled back. That might sound crazy, but rolling back mileage numbers is a way for people to get more money out of a car that has reached maximum mileage. Ever see Matilda and Mr. Wormwood sell cars? Never feel bad about doing research when looking for a used car. You can get a great car for less money. In fact, I never buy new cars straight from the dealership. The reason being is that cars lose their value the second they move off a dealership lot. So why spend more on a car you could research online, and find for $10,000 less? That story will be explained later on, so for now just understand that knowing your car or future car’s VIN can save you tons of cash.
This code is extremely useful in the event that your car is stolen and in helping to deter theft in the first place. It can also be used in searching for replacement parts and much more. This is where the decoding comes into play. But in order to lookup or decode these identifiers, you must first know where it can be found.
Locating your car’s unique id code is quite simple. In fact, it can be found in several places!
- On the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver side door sill.
- On the rear wheel well, the front frame of the car, or under the spare tire.
- On paperwork, like the title, registration, and the insurance forms.
Just for kicks and giggles, let’s see if we can learn a little about decoding a VIN. First, you must know that each digit or group of digits has its own specific meaning. The first three digits of a car’s unique code represent the WMI or World Manufacturer Identifier. In other words, it identifies the country that the car was made in. The second represents the manufacturer that made it. The third identifies the division of the manufacturer. Digits four through eight are known as attributes. The fourth digit tells you about the breaking, suspensions, and safety of the car. The fifth represents the series. The sixth and seventh digits tell you about the car’s body and style. The eighth digit tells you the engine size. The ninth digit is special. It is known as the check digit and is used to check to see if codes are valid. The tenth digit represents that year of the car. The eleventh identifies the manufacturing plant. And last but not least, digits twelve through seventeen provide you with the production line. These codes are outlined here. A little wordy, and crazy to understand, but if you are bored at work, figure out what your VIN code means! Knowing how to decode a VIN is not necessarily important since we now have online sites that do it automatically. However, it’s always fun to learn something new.
Check That VIN!
What is important is knowing what VIN stands for and why you should look it up the next time you think about purchasing a used car. Save yourself from a lemon purchase, and always look up the VIN. If you figured out the coding, tell me about it! I would love to hear about that experience.