|How to Decode a Vehicle Identification Number|
A car VIN number can be broken down into three groups of characters : (WMI: 1 to 3), (VDS: 4 to 9) and (VIS: 10 to 17) .
WMI - Digits 1 to 3 of a VIN code represent the World Manufacturer Identifier. If for example the first three characters are 1G1 this indicates that the vehicle was made in the USA and that it is a Chevrolet.
VDS - Digits 4 to 9 represent the Vehicle Descriptor Section. Vehicle Descriptors vary with each manufacturer but are commonly used to describe the vehicle body type and the engine size. The check digit value is used to verify that a VIN number has not been tampered with and is written to position 9.
VIS - Digits 10 to 17 represent the Vehicle Identifier Section. Vehicle Identifiers are used to uniquely identify a particular make of vehicle. This includes the year of manufacture and the auto serial number.
||Why Get a Car VIN Check?|
The VIN Number on a car may be altered to hide the fact that it may have been stolen. Stolen autos may have their VIN changed via the VDS and or VIS to make the car appear to be newer, or to have a higher spec.
The VIS may also be changed to hide the manufacturer's serial number.