VIN is the universal vehicle identification number. It consists of seventeen characters. Each character of the code carries specific information about the car. By VIN, you can find out where and when the car was made, body type, model assembly date, etc.
VIN-code consists of three parts WMI - the first three digits of the number. They are the world index of the company that made the car. The first number gives information about the manufacturer's geographical area, the second identifies his country, the third speaks about the name of the company itself.
VDI - descriptive part. It goes from the fourth to the ninth position of the number, inclusive. It is she who is of greatest interest to the motorist, because has a large information load. However, the order and meaning of the numbers is determined by the manufacturer itself, which makes it difficult to read the code.
VIS is the distinctive part, 10 to 17 characters. The last 4 characters are necessarily numbers.
The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth symbols provide information about the characteristics of the vehicle. It can record the type of body, engine, model number, series. These values can be very individual for each car. The ninth character is the check digit of the code. This number is used to determine the correctness of the entire VIN, it is often used in American cars. The tenth character denotes the model code of the car. The eleventh talks about the machine assembly plant. The rest of the symbols indicate the order of production and are individual for each manufacturer.
There are many online services that help decipher the corresponding code. For example, the VIN Informer program, which allows you to work with 17-digit VINs. However, substandard numbers are not recognized on such resources.