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.Read More
Jun 9 2015
May 28 2015
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.Read More
Feb 19 2015
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.
Feb 13 2015
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.
Oct 22 2014
Blogging has become an important part of traffic generation and brand awareness for any type of business and has indeed reached its way to the automotive world. Since the vehicle data and VIN decoding solutions we provide are vital to all segments of the auto industry, we come across quite a variety of auto blogs.
Though the blogs we've shared below are not exclusive to one auto niche (auto listing sites, dealer solution providers, auto insurance, etc.), we still thought each one of these articles would provide some level of value or interest industry-wide.
Oct 16 2014
A study from GE Capital Retail Bank in 2013 found that 81 percent of consumers research products online before making a big purchase decision. This percent is expected to continue to grow as consumers become more comfortable with the integrity of online information along with the readily available product information. From clothing to electronics to large appliances, shoppers are using the internet to make smarter decisions before opening their wallets.Read More
Sep 19 2014
Thinking about trying your hand at creating the next great inventory listing portal? Make sure your plan for displaying inventory has all your bases covered by checking out our infographic!Read More
Jul 9 2013
This post has been updated and added to since original publish date
Apr 9 2013
Online quotes have revolutionized the world of car insurance. It has made insurance more competitive because users can get multiple quotes from different carriers quickly. This has created an environment where consumers shop to find the best price possible, and may do so as frequently as once or twice a year. This results in a consistent demand for online quote both from the insurers directly and well as from third party sites that provide quote comparison tools.
Mar 8 2013
VIN Decoding Large Commercial Vehicles
The medium-duty and heavy-duty truck segments offer unique challenges to VIN decode properly. Almost all commercial trucks offer many options to significantly customize and up-fit the vehicle. These options and up-fits include everything from engines, to axles, to transmissions, to cab types and body types, all of which can substantially change the details and specifications of the vehicle. (For more information on the challenges of decoding large trucks see our article “VIN Decoding Outside the Light-Duty Segment”.) The customized nature and complexity of these vehicle segments has contributed to their being few commercial VIN Decoding solutions available for large trucks.