What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and VIN decoder.

About the VIN Decoder (Vehicle Identification Number) Module

A vehicle identification number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique code including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify a car.

Through free API, its possible to retrieve a distinct vehicle information by just providing the vehicle’s VIN. With that in mind, we’ve contacted to get permission to integrate the API (Vehicle API) into jT CarFramework to allow registration of new vehicles into the inventory by just providing the vehicle’s VIN.

In addiction to the current two modules already available on the platform, the new VIN Decoder module will allow you to easily maintain your inventory. The current inventory registration modules are:

  • Regular ste-by-step registration form
  • CSV list import (csv list provided by auto-traders)
  • VIN Decoder module

Because the VIN Decoder is a third party service, requires you to register for the API key in order to use it. jT CarFramework requires the API key to activate the module.

About VIN (by Wikipedia)

A Vehicle Identification Number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique code including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as defined inISO 3833.

VINs were first used in 1954.[1] From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.

In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States standardized the format.[1] It required all over-the-road-vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters I (i), O (o), or Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).

There are vehicle history services in several countries that can help potential car owners use VINs to find lemons and branded vehicles. See the used car article for a list of countries where this service is available.


  1. Elmina

    Just wondering where can folks send translations?

    1. Jay

      Hi Elmina, you can send translations to or

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