|How to Decode a VIN Number|
A 17 digit VIN can be broken down into three groups of characters : (1 to 3), (4 to 9) and (10 to 17)
WMI - Digits 1 to 3 of a VIN Number 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 the vehicle 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 VIN Check Digit value is used to verify that the 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 VIN year of manufacture and the vehicle serial number.
||Why Get a VIN Number Lookup?|
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 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 serial number. A cloned vehicle may have its registration and VIN Number illegally changed to that of a car that is currently for sale on the internet.
AutoCalculator: Last Searched VIN Numbers : -
|Opel,||2010,||WMI: W0L,||VDS: 0AHL35,||Checkdigit: Undefined|
|Land Rover,||1998,||WMI: SAL,||VDS: LPAMM3,||Checkdigit:|
|Ford,||2010,||WMI: 3FA,||VDS: HP0HA0,||Checkdigit: Valid |
|Ford,||2011,||WMI: 1FD,||VDS: GF4GT0,||Checkdigit: Valid |