VIN Number Lookup
Decoding The Vehicle Identification Number
The VIN Number on a vehicle may be altered to hide the fact that it may have been stolen.
Stolen cars may have their VIN Number changed via
the Vehicle Descriptor Section
(VDS) and the Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS) to make the vehicle appear to be newer, or to have a higher spec. The VIS may also be changed to hide the manufacturer's
A cloned car may have its registration and VIN Number illegally changed to that of
a car that is currently for sale on the internet.
Any checks run
on a VIN cloned car may not reveal if the car has been stolen or written off. In
each case if you notice anything unusual, such as scratch marks on a VIN,
a worn VIN sticker, or a loose VIN plate then assume the worst.
The first three digits of a
represents the World Manufacturer
. If for example the first three characters are 1G1 this
indicates that the vehicle was made in the USA and that the vehicle is a Chevrolet.
Digits 4 to 9 represent the Vehicle Descriptor Section - VDS. Vehicle
Descriptors vary with each manufacturer but are commonly used to describe the
vehicle body type and the engine size.
The VIN Check
Digit value is used to verify
that the VIN has not been tampered with and is written to position 9. Digits 10 to 17 represent the Vehicle
Identifier Section - VIS. Vehicle Identifiers are used to uniquely identify a
particular make of vehicle. This includes the year of manufacture and the
vehicle serial number.