The VIN Number Explained

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a sequence of numbers used to identify every automobile manufactured. In the United States, VINs consists of 17 letters and numbers that help to identify every manufactured car, with no two VINs being the same. The sequence of letters and numbers reveals an automobile's make, model, year of manufacturing, as well as other important details. These numbers are very specific and hard to replicate, but it can be done. Make sure any vehicle you're interested in purchasing does not have a cloned VIN. This is a type of fraud that occurs when a VIN tag is pried off a vehicle and then applied to a stolen vehicle. You can verify that a car's VIN is not cloned by checking its vehicle history report.