What is a VIN Number?

Here at 4N6XPRT Systems, we provide VIN DeCoder services to assist law enforcement agencies, insurance departments, and risk analysts in gathering important information about a vehicle. Our involvement in a case often becomes a crucial turning point.


But what makes the VIN number of a vehicle so important? Many people don’t even know what a VIN number is in the first place. Here’s a quick rundown to help you understand.


If your vehicle was made in 1981 or later, it has a VIN number. Different manufacturers used VIN numbers before 1981, but there was no universally recognized standard. You can probably find it by looking at the corner of the driver’s side dashboard from the outside of your car. If it’s not there, it should be displayed on the inside of your driver’s side doorpost, where the door latches on the inside. You can also find VIN numbers listed in insurance documents, and well as your title and registration.


This number identifies not the make or model, but your exact car. Much like a social security number for an American citizen, no two cars leave the lot with the same VIN number.


The digits of VIN numbers are not random at all. In fact, most of the letters and numbers indicate specific information about a car. For example, one number shows where a vehicle was built, while another segment dictates the vehicle’s brand, engine size and type.


When used with the proper database, this number can be used to learn information about your vehicles specifications and features. It may provide information on manufacturer recalls, warranty, registration, and current insurance information. It can be used to identify a car that’s been stolen, and even help potential buyers discover information about the vehicle’s history.


Of course, what you can learn from a VIN number depends on the methods used to analyze them. How the information generated is applied to any given situation is important as well. For example, you may be able to find out what type of engine a car has, but are you able to apply that to a case or investigation at hand in a credible way?


At 4N6XPRT Systems, we have the in-house expertise and advanced software to get the most information as possible from a VIN number. Those 17 digits might just your saving grace. Visit our website to learn more information about our unique VIN Decoder services.