Purpose of VIN
Under the regulations of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a VIN consists of a series of Arabic Numbers and Roman Letters. The VIN is used for identification purpose of a vehicle. A VIN system is also vital to law enforcement officials for anti-theft activities, for insurance companies to identify and classify vehicles, to researchers to identify vehicles during crash investigation programs and vehicle registration for state governments.
VIN is assigned at the time of vehicle manufacturing and it is unique, where no two vehicle’s VIN are same. It is used to track the vehicle’s insurance policies and accident reports.
VIN can be divided into three groups : World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section and Vehicle Identifier Section. In the United States, every new vehicle comes with a window sticker, which consists of information about the vehicle like what kind of vehicle, color, built year, MSRP, specifications, installed standard and optional equipment details and fuel economy rating.