Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) are used by auto manufacturers to identify specific information
about a vehicle. A VIN lookup can tell us specific information, including the vehicle's year, make, model, country of origin, assembly plant, tranmission, trim and other optional information.
Under the standards set by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) of United States, every car and
light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-digit VIN in a fixed format. Vehicles before 1981 have different formats as specified by the manufacturers and can be vary in length from 11 to 17 characters long.
The VIN is generally divided into different sections as described below.