A Free VIN Number search can reveal a lot of important information about a vehicle. You can find out manufacturer detail about a vehicle from the make and model to trim and interior options. A Free VIN Number search can also show you vehicle history, license plate information, recall and safety information. The more you know about your vehicle can make driving a little bit safer.
By requiring the use of a 17 character VIN for all vehicles, it became possible to identify the manufacturer, model, and specific vehicle details. The first three characters identify the division, the manufacturer, and type of vehicle. An example is a “1” indicates the General Motors Division. The second character “G” is in the United States, and the third character “1” means a passenger car. If the third character is a “2”, it is a Pontiac passenger car, and a 1GC indicates a Chevrolet truck.
Positions 4 through 8 provide additional information such as vehicle type, platform, body style and the model. As of the 1980s, most manufacturers started using the 8th digit to identify the type of engine. When that model offers a choice. An example is a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette would have a “U” for 6.0L and “E” for a 7.0OL V8 engine. The 9ths position is a check digit.
Digits 10 through 17 provide the ‘vehicle identifier section’ (VIS). In North America, the last 5 digits must be numeric. However, the 10th digit is required worldwide to identify the model year. This is either a letter or a number. The 11th position identifies the manufacturing assembly plant.
As global markets change, new regulations apply to the VIN numbers. Currently the 17 VIN number is sufficient for current global demand. Older vehicles might have fewer than 17 digits.
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