The simplest and most effective way to detect fraudulent activities regarding the mileage of a car or its participation in an accident is to study the history of the car obtained using the VIN decoder.

What is a VIN code?

VIN code is vehicle identification number, consisting of a sequence of characters (no more than 17). Using a special VIN decoder, widely available on the Internet, you can quickly obtain information about the manufacturer, technical characteristics and year of manufacture of the car.

Manufacturers of modern cars indicate the identification number on the car body (we are talking about a fixed part), which can be damaged during an accident. In addition, it is duplicated in a small plate located on the front. If we are talking about modern cars, then this is the left front part of the body or the upper part of the dashboard.

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How does it work?

Many manufacturers indicate the VIN code in the documents for the car. Just enter it on a specialized website for VIN lookup, and, in the end, the report will be ready.

The main set of information is encoded in the second part of the intended code. Experts use symbols four through eight to describe not only the type of vehicle, but also its specific technical characteristics, which include the following:

  • engine and body type;
  • transmission type;
  • drive unit;
  • range of models;
  • steering wheel location;
  • energy system
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If we are talking about the original VIN code, the following should not be on the surface

  • even very small welds;
  • thickenings;
  • visible traces of mechanical damage (including putty residues);
  • traces of inaccuracies when applying marks;
  • variable character depth;
  • visible paintwork.

All data is processed and quickly verified, and blockchain technology is actively used for further data verification. Thus, the customer receives a “biography” of his car without distortion.

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