Just like each human being has a unique fingerprint, a VIN or a Vehicle Identification Number serves as a unique identifier for an automobile. What’s so unique about it? Well, no two automobiles can have the same VIN.
Why is VIN so important?
It is because the Vehicle Identification Number contains all the information on a vehicle’s features, specifications and manufacturer. For example. if you want to know about the year of production, engine type and model of a particular car, you can get all the details using the VIN.
VIN comes in very handy if you are planning to buy a used vehicle and want all the details prior to making the purchase. You can get a good idea if the vehicle was stolen, damaged or modified illegally in the past. This enables you to select a good and legitimate vehicle with your hard-earned money.
How do you decode a VIN?
VIN is a 17 characters code comprising of alphabets and digits. There are plenty of free VIN lookup tools available on the internet that can be used to get detailed information out of a Vehicle Identification Number. VIN can be generally found on the dashboard or the driver’s side door post. The image below explains the meaning of the various segments of a VIN.
VIN is a very useful source of information when it comes to buying vehicles or just to get a general idea on a particular vehicle. Did you find this post useful? Do let us know in the comments section below.