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What can you use a vehicle identification number for?

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A vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be used to determine key features and specifications of a particular vehicle. These include the maker of the vehicle, the country where it was manufactured, the vehicle's engine size and type, the year it was released and other relevant information.

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In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated that the automotive industry use a standardized VIN for the purpose of identifying all motor vehicles involved in transportation on public highways. The VIN is a unique string that contains 17 alphanumeric characters, which is typically marked on a metal plate of a vehicle's dashboard.

An interested buyer can also check the background of a particular vehicle by requesting for a comprehensive report using its VIN. Vehicle owners can also use their VINs when buying motor replacement components.

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