What is a VIN?
The Vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code assigned to motor vehicles that describes several features, including the manufacturer, country of origin, engine type and size, the factory in which it was assembled, the year it was manufactured, as well as a distinct serial number. This information can be unlocked using a VIN decoder.
Using an automobile’s VIN is the most accurate way to describe a vehicle and is widely used in a variety of applications, including sourcing parts, diagnostics, title history, vehicle sales and more.
The current VIN format was standardized in 1981 and consists of 17 characters, excluding the letters I, O, and Q (to avoid confusion with the numerals 0 and 1).
To use our VIN decoder, simply enter your VIN above to fetch a vehicle’s year make and model. Our VIN decoder will work on any vehicles sold in the US. In cases where VIN does not decode, the likely cause is the VIN does not belong to a real vehicle (see vehicle checksum).
CarMD VIN Decoder API
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