Generally speaking, the code consists of 3 sections. The first one identifies the manufacturer. There are 3 characters in it. In those standards where 2 digits are used to indicate the manufacturer, the number "9" is put instead of the third. The next group identifies the technical characteristics of the vehicle. 6 characters are allocated for it. The car model, body type, specification, transmission, engine must be specified here. In some standards, the car is described by 5 signs of this section, and the latter is used as a control number. The last group of 8 characters identifies a specific car. There will be the year of manufacture, the factory code and the serial number of the car.
Before buying a used car, it is very important to check the VIN, because thieves often replace the code of the stolen car with the code of the vehicle legally registered in the database, getting a "double" car. If you are inspecting a car, make sure that the code specified in the documents and on the car matches. Usually it is engraved quite clearly and is difficult to correct. Pay attention to the presence or absence of "strange" symbols. For example, it is easy to make 0 out of 9, and 5 out of 3. You should make sure that there are no such elements in the labels.