What can you really learn from a VIN?

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Aug 8, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Everyone who has purchased and insured a vehicle knows what a Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is, but do you know what each set of numbers in the sequence can tell you about a specific vehicle? VINs are made up of 17 numbers and letters, and each set corresponds to a detail about that vehicle.


  • The 1st character identifies the country where the vehicle was built.
  • The 2nd and 3rd characters identify the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Characters 4 through 8 identify the vehicle brand, engine size and type.
  • Character 9 is a vehicle security code which confirms that the VIN has been authorized by the manufacturer.
  • The 10th character identifies the vehicle model year.
  • The 11th character identifies the at which plant the vehicle was assembled.
  • Characters 12 through 17 are the serial number for the vehicle.

The VIN itself provides a basic overview of the vehicle, and if you search a VIN using catalog data, you can see standard features for that specific vehicle and all features that are optional add-ons. This is a great first look at the vehicle, but wouldn’t it be helpful to know if optional equipment has actually been installed on the vehicle you’re covering?

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