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VIN Decoding 101: 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

Part 11 - VIN Decoder, VIN Check, and Vehicle History Reports: How Do They Differ?

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Topics: Vehicle

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