My VIN is Missing. What Does It Mean?

Recently, I was asked a question by a lady that prefers to stay anonymous (for obvious reasons). She had just bought a car without verifying the VIN on the vehicle and is now possibly in possession of a stolen vehicle:

Missing VIN email

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Free VIN Decoder – Vehicle Identification Number Decoding Explained

How To Decode a VIN 

Prior to understanding how VIN decoding works, it is important to know what it is all about. VIN is a common abbreviation of Vehicle Identification Number. It is a special or unique number given to vehicle and used in identifying them. The formal VIN started in 1981 since before that there were different formats used by different manufacturers. The standardization of the numbers was done to get rid of chances of similar VIN’s appearing. The digits that are found on car VIN indicate the year the vehicle was manufactured, assembly point, country of origin, model as well as other important details that will prove helpful in its identification.

The image below will show the breakdown of a VIN and explain how it can be decoded.
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