A vehicle identification number, more commonly referred to as VIN, serves as a car's fingerprint. It is a unique code with 17 characters (digits and capital letters) assigned to each car sold or manufactured in the US. Each part of the code stands for the exact information about your vehicle. It displays a vehicle's history including the year, make, model, and engine size, as well as the nation and factory where the vehicle was produced. Additionally, a VIN shows when a car is purchased, sold, or maintained. And it can be used, by a manufacturer or state agency, to track recalls, registrations, thefts, or warranty claims.
If a vehicle was made before the year 1981, you will find the VIN has as few as 5 digits to as many as 13 digits. The standardization was not achieved until January 1981, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized the present 17-digit format. Our free decoder works fine with a standard 17-digit code. Don't hesitate to do a VIN lookup for your car!