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4 Popular Uses for Vehicle Data and VIN Decoding

There are countless ways in which vehicle data/VIN decoding can be leveraged within a business. And while each business’s use case(s) are different, there are common vehicle datasets that are needed to accomplish their goals.

In this article, we’ve covered some of the most common uses of vehicle data.

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Topics: Automotive Data, VIN, Vehicle Equipment

6 Common Misconceptions About VIN Data

Understanding how VIN numbers work and what vehicle data can be extracted from them is a challenge, even for auto industry professionals that are familiar with VIN data. We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of common misconceptions for anyone looking for a vehicle data solution, as there’s a good chance at least one of these will resonate with you.

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Topics: VIN

7 Common Questions About Vehicle Subscription Services

Vehicle subscription services started to surface in 2017 and are now available through a few manufacturers, some dealers, and several third parties including startups and vehicle rental companies. Given the diversity of businesses and level of variability in their business models, understanding how vehicle subscription services work requires a good deal of research.

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Topics: Dealers, Vehicle Shopping, Fleet Management

3 Key Challenges with ADAS and How to Solve Them

* This article was a collaboration with our partners Joseph Creese and Howard Abbey at SBD Automotive.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology is confusing for consumers and businesses alike. While there are core ADAS features that can function similarly across each OEM, such as forward collision warning, lane keeping, or blind spot monitoring, each OEM offers their unique spin on the different technologies and markets them differently with their own branded names.

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Topics: Safety, Automotive Technology, ADAS

Auto Parts eCommerce: 5 Ways Your Dealership Can Compete with Retail Giants

While parts and accessories sales are one of the most profitable revenue streams for your dealership (along with fixed ops), it’s a highly competitive market, especially online. Online part sales are a multi-billion dollar business ($12 billion in 2019, ~$16 billion in 2020), largely dominated by retail giants like Amazon and eBay, along with major aftermarket parts retailers (Auto Zone, O’Reilly, Advanced Auto Parts, etc.)

According to Hedges & Company, in 2019, Amazon sold $8 billion in parts ($5.3 billion 1st party sales), accounting for 2/3 of all online parts sales in the US. And as of the latest study, they were on track to pass $10 billion in 2020. These numbers may be intimidating, but there is still room for your dealership to have a successful online parts business.

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Topics: Parts & Services

Why ADAS Is Important to Your Business

While it’s no surprise that ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) has taken the auto industry by storm, there are still many uncertainties when it comes to how your business will be impacted. There are several benefits to these new features, including increased safety and convenience for drivers, and concerns, such as costly repairs, making ADAS a very complex topic that even those selling, insuring, and repairing these features will require clarification on.

In this article, we’ve covered how some auto industry segments have been impacted by ADAS. Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Safety, Automotive Technology, ADAS

4 Common Questions About VIN Decoding and Transmissions

This post was updated Dec 2020 with the latest VIN number statistics

Determining the type of transmission installed in a vehicle from VIN alone has traditionally been a challenge. Through the 1990s and even well into the 2000s, most vehicles were offered by OEMs with both manual and automatic transmission options. And, while the NHTSA VIN standard requires OEMs to encode model and engine information into positions 4-8 of the VIN, no requirement exists for encoding transmission type. Even today, while most vehicles are offered with only an automatic transmission, more than 5% of vehicles produced for current model years have standard and manual options available and do not have transmission data encoded in the VIN.

This article explores four common questions about VIN decoding transmission data, and provides suggested solutions for increasing the match rate of decoded transmissions in your inventory or data feed.

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Topics: VIN, Vehicle Equipment

Squish, Stub, Pattern, Explosion: 25 Common VIN Data Terms Defined

VIN Decoding 101 Part 4: 25 common VIN terms defined

This blog has been updated since its original publish date in Dec 2011

Like almost every area of expertise, VIN Decoding has unique terminology associated with it.  If you haven't worked with a VIN decoder or VIN data in the past, many of these term's meanings may not be intuitive.  Below are the definitions of 25 common terms that you will likely come across as you work with automotive and VIN data.

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Topics: Automotive Data, VIN

What is ADAS: The Evolution of Vehicle Safety Features

In the last ten years vehicle technology, specifically in regard to safety features, has become increasingly complex. These advanced vehicle safety features are often bucketed under the category “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,” more commonly known as ADAS. While the key motivator of this growth has been driver safety, ADAS will play a larger role for those on the business side of automotive in everything from data collection to lending to titling over the next few years. Some of the most popular ADAS features are: braking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Topics: Safety, Automotive Technology, ADAS

Everything Your Business Needs to Know About ADAS

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, aka ADAS, are a hot topic in the auto industry, especially as these safety features become more widespread across manufacturers and their model lineups. Whether your business is in the retail, insurance, auto repair/service, or logistics space, you’ve likely been impacted by ADAS in some way, shape, or form.

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Topics: Safety, Automotive Technology, ADAS