What is a vehicle identification number (VIN)?
The VIN is a unique code used in identifying specific automobiles. It is a 17-character serial number, including digital and capital letters. VIN number gives a unique identity to cars, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN.
A VIN reflects the car’s specifications, features, and manufacturer. It is used to know the car’s registration details, warranty claims, theft and insurance coverages.
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- The first character informs where the vehicle was built.
- Second and third characters identify the manufacturer of the vehicle.
- The character series from four to eight is termed as vehicle descriptor section (VDS). It helps in identifying the portrait of the vehicle like type, brand, model, body style and engine size.
- In the United States, the eleventh character is used to identify the manufacturer’s factory. The twelfth- seventeenth character is the vehicle’s serial or production number. This number is unique to each vehicle and manufacturer uses their own sequence in assigning this number to a vehicle.