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VIN Decoder, VIN Check & Vehicle History Reports: How Do They Differ?


Is there a difference between a VIN decoder and a VIN Check? What information is available from decoding a VIN number? Does a VIN check provide vehicle history data? All of these are valid questions that many consumers and even automotive industry professionals are unsure about.

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Topics: Automotive Data, VIN, Vehicle Equipment, 3rd Party Mapping


3 VIN Lookup Resources for the Takata Airbag Recalls


If you have kept up with the news or social media on any level, then the Takata airbag recall should ring a bell. It has been deemed the largest recall in U.S. history, totaling almost 34 million vehicles (1 in 4 on the road). The NHTSA has thus far listed 11 manufacturers with multiple models affected by this recall. So far the list consists of BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Let's not forget about their sister companies such as Acura, Infiniti and Lexus.

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Topics: Automotive Data, VIN, Vehicle Equipment, Dealers, 3rd Party Mapping


Car Infotainment Systems to Consider in the Vehicle Shopping Process


Auto Technology: Infotainment Systems

Remember the days when an 8-track player in your car, or multi-disc changer (for the millennials), was the best thing since sliced bread? Today, if your car doesn't have an auxiliary port or Bluetooth capability it would be considered prehistoric. As smartphones have become more of a standard, a simple connecting cable doesn't quite cut it anymore. Infotainment systems (information and entertainment) are the new auto industry standard.

The bottom line is that cars supporting music entertainment needs, as well as readily available information through smartphone integration is essential for many vehicle shoppers. Unfortunately, choosing a vehicle with the perfect infotainment system is more complicated than it was with previous entertainment systems.    

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Topics: Mobile, Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Technology


The Effect of "Mobilegeddon" on the Automotive Industry


Mobile devices are becoming a standard means of browsing the internet, researching products and services, and making purchases online. According to Global Web Index, 80 percent of internet users own a smartphone and 47 percent own a tablet. With these kinds of statistics, you better believe that your website is receiving a significant amount of its traffic from mobile users - unless you fell subject to the latest Google algorithm update last week. 

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Topics: Mobile, Vehicle, Parts & Services, Insurance, Automotive, Dealers


Can On-Demand Roadside Assistance Apps Prevent Vehicle Breakdowns?


Getting stranded on the side of the highway, or even worse, on a dirt road far from civilization is one of drivers' worst fears. These fears have driven many consumers to seek various roadside assistance services for peace of mind when the time arises.

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Topics: Mobile, Insurance, Roadside Assistance


Usage Based Insurance: How it Works and Who it Benefits


Paying for a service based on usage is not a new business model, as we’ve seen it used with cellular and internet service providers, but is now growing as a popular automotive insurance option available through several insurance providers. Usage-based insurance (UBI), also known as pay-as-you-drive (PAYD), uses key metrics such as accrued mileage and driving behaviors to determine insurance rates for individuals or businesses.

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Topics: Automotive Data, Insurance, Automotive Technology, Vehicle Equipment


3 Auto Insurance Underwriting Challenges a VIN Decoding Solution Will Overcome


The process of underwriting for auto insurance policies involves many steps, accounting for a number of risk variables. The vehicle specifications are just one piece to consider when assessing risk. Some others include client demographics, geography, and driving history to name a few. 

As the variety of available vehicle safety equipment continues to increase, so does their effect on insurance risk ratings. With the large number of tasks at hand, it’s important that underwriters utilize resources that can save them time and increase process accuracy.

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Topics: Automotive Data, Safety, Insurance, Automotive Technology, Vehicle Equipment


Four Common Questions about VIN Decoding and Transmissions


This post was updated Feb 2015 with the latest VIN number statistics

Determining the installed transmission type from VIN alone has traditionally been hit-or-miss. Not knowing the transmissions installed in the vehicles in your inventory can present a number of challenges. Unfortunately, the existing VIN standards do not require OEMs to encode transmission information directly in the VIN. However, due to a gradual decrease in transmission options over time, this is becoming easier. This article explores four common questions about VIN decoding transmission data, and provides suggested solutions for significantly increasing the match rate of decoded transmissions in your inventory or data feed.

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Topics: VIN, Vehicle Equipment


10 Auto Blog Articles We Thought You'd Enjoy! Part 2


It's been a couple of months since we last put together a list of ten awesome auto industry blog articles. Since then, there have been plenty more share-worthy blogs to sift through!

Similar to part one, the blogs we've shared below are from all different segments of the auto industry, providing value for several auto niches. Topics range from vehicle maintenance and safety to best practices for marketing your automotive business to both B2B and B2C.

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Topics: Mobile, Marketing, VIN, Insurance, Automotive Technology, Vehicle Equipment


DataOne Attending NADA 2015 in San Francisco!


It's that time of year again, and those of us in the automotive industry know I'm not just referring to the New Year! It's the final days before we travel out to San Francisco for the 2015 NADA Convention & Expo and as always we are looking forward to meeting up with our partners, friends and long time clients. We will be based out of the Dominion Dealer Solutions booth at #1019S and happy to chat at the booth or meet up for a cup of coffee (on us)!

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Topics: NADA Conference