Should I check vehicle history?

There are over 3.5 million vehicles deemed total-losses each year in the United States. Because of that it is very important to check vehicle history before buying a used car. report checks for more than 60 issues: salvage titles, collision, total-loss, fire, flood, hail, odometer rollbacks etc.

What is WMI (World Manufacturer Identifier)?

The first three characters of the VIN are the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI).

The first character of the WMI is region of manufacture.

from 1 to 5 - North America
from S to Z - Europe
from A to H - Africa
from J to R - Asia
6,7 - Oceania
8,9,0 - South America

The second character in combination with first is country of manufacture. For example:

from 10 to 19 - USA
from 2A to 2W - Canada
from 3A to 3W - Maxico
from W0 to W9 - Germany

The third character is used by the vehicle manfacturer to identify the vehicle type (truck, bus etc.)

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