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8 Reasons Why Your VIN Won't Decode

A car's VIN is an essential asset for both buyers and sellers. There are, however, some reasons why the VIN won't decode. Why is that?

8 Reasons Why Your VIN Won't Decode

The Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is the key to accessing vehicle history reports that will provide piece of mind for the buyer, and make the vehicle more sellable for the owner or dealer. It can also be used to help identify certain details, specs, installed and optional equipment, and packages that support the vehicle listing.

Though VIN numbers can be incredibly valuable, especially in the sale of pre-owned vehicles, there will be occasions where the VIN won’t decode. Not to worry. There are a number of reasons why this can happen.

In the infographic we’ve shared below, created by DataOne Software, they’ve laid out eight of the most common reasons why your VIN won’t decode. The good news is that most of these issues can be corrected! If you are having trouble decoding your VIN, run down this list of potential issues and see if any of them apply to the VIN you’ve entered.

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