VIN Decoding 101: Everything you wanted to know about VINs
Everything you wanted to know about VINs
As you might expect we get a lot of questions about VINs. There is a lot of confusion about what a VIN is, how is it used, what information is captured within it and what is not. In this series we hope to provide a good resource that you can use to educate yourself on Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) and VIN Decoding. The articles will progressively build from very basic and general information about VINs to more detailed and specific aspects of using them and vehicle data in business and technical settings. We hope you find them useful.
Part 1 – What is a VIN?
Part 2 – What is captured in the vehicle identification number?
Part 3 – The Market Effect
Part 4 – Squish, Stub, Pattern, Explosion: 15 common VIN data terms defined
Part 5 – Ten vehicle details you should expect from a VIN decoder
Part 6 – Exceptions to the VIN decoding rules
Part 7 - Ten vehicle details the VIN Pattern will not give you
Part 8 – VIN decoding "Off-Road" vehicles
Part 9 - VIN decoding outside the light duty/passenger vehicle segment
Part 10 – Why you shouldn't settle for a VIN decoder that just decodes the VIN