October 17, 2008, Newsletter Issue #137: VIN numbers

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A VIN (vehicle identification number) plate gives a vehicle's complete history, such as engine size, the country where the vehicle was made and the plant the vehicle was made at. It also includes the make and model of the vehicle and features. Decoding a VIN plate or number can be quite difficult sometimes, especially when the vehicle is a classic or antique. With all the information from the VIN decoded, you can narrow down the engine's contents or internal parts and how they were made, what they were made of, by using the best information available that has been documented by the manufacturer of the vehicle in a specific make and model and in a specific year. If you want to know the information about a vehicle, check the VIN plate for all the information you need.

How do you decode such information? Call your local new auto dealer and ask for the information. You can also check online and there are books you can buy for decoding a VIN number. Be wary of an online car information company, databases are easily manipulated or outdated.

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