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What is the VIN?
The VIN, or vehicle identification number, is an alphanumeric code (consisting of capital letters and digits) that uniquely identifies each individual motor vehicle built (it generally appears on motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds).
The VIN can be found both physically on the vehicle itself, and on many documents associated with the vehicle, such as registration documents, insurance documents, etc.
VINs were first introduced in 1954, but for many years there was no standard format for allocating VINs. Instead, different manufacturers followed their individual own standards, and the length (between 11 and 17 characters) and information encoded in VINs varied considerably.
In 1981 however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States introduced a standard format for VINs (now known as "FMVSS 115, Part 565") that has been used in the United States and Canada since then. Other countries however do use slightly different formats.
If considering buying a vehicle, you can use the VIN to perform some basic checks on the vehicle:
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