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The VIN Number Explained

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is used to identify every automobile manufactured. A VIN is unique and reveals numerous details about the vehicle it represents. If a specific vehicle needs to be located, it can easily be found with the use of its VIN. The VIN is also used to create an accurate vehicle history report, which is helpful to verify the claims made on a used car. You may have also heard it referred to by other names, such as a Chassis Number or a Vehicle Serial Number.

The VIN consists of 17 letters and numbers that help identify every single car. No two VINs are the same. In the United States, the first three characters indicate the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The next six characters represent the Vehicle Descriptor Section, or the VDS this portion describes the make, model, body, and engine type. The tenth character represents the year in which the vehicle was manufactured. Auto manufacturers decide what the last seven characters indicate. If you are interested in decoding the final digits of your VIN, visit your auto manufacturer's website.