The Classic Car-Nection
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Classic Car VIN Search and Decoding
Classic and vintage cars do not have the standard 17-digit vehicle
identification number that is stamped on the driverís side dashboard
of cars manufactured after 1980. Classic car VINs are not standard
across manufacturers and contain various types of information about the
car. A classic carís VIN is a serial number that represents the make,
model, and year of the vehicle and may include characters that identify
the assembly plant, body type, trim line, price class, engine type, and
production number. Decoding a classic carís VIN is vital to verifying
a carís history and integrity: these details help potential buyers
confirm that that the car they wish to buy is authentic. Potential
buyers can verify that trim tag numbers, engine code identification
number, and rear axle identification numbers are consistent with its
advertised make, model, and trim line and that the car has not been
modified and fitted with different replacement parts that could
significantly lower the value of the car. Classic car owners and buyers
can research their cars with VIN decoding services online. Free services
will provide basic make, model, and manufacture location information.
Paid services may offer more extensive information and some will include
information on body plate or tag information as well as VINs.
Free or paid VIN search and decoding services help classic car owners
and buyers authenticate their vehicle and its parts. Information
contained in a vehicleís VIN can help owners restore their cars to
original showroom condition and help buyers avoid costly mistakes.