In our VIN Decoding 101 series of articles we have focused on which vehicles are required to have 17-digit
VIN numbers assigned and what data is and is not captured within the VIN. We have seen that country of sale, vehicle segment and type, model year and manufacturer all play a big role in the usefulness of VIN decoding and the type and depth of vehicle details the VIN will encode. For many applications a basic VIN decode, one that decodes only what is encoded in the VIN, will provide all the details that your business needs. However, there are also many common VIN decoder applications where there is need and substantial benifits for more detail, as much as possible. How can this need be met?