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 Edmunds.com free API, its possible to retrieve a distinct vehicle information by just providing the vehicleâ€™s VIN. With that in mind, weâ€™ve contacted Edmunds.com 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 vehicleâ€™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, Edmunds.com 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)
AÂ Vehicle Identification Number, commonly abbreviated toÂ VIN, is a unique code including aÂ serial number, used by theÂ automotive industryÂ to identify individualÂ motor vehicles,Â towed vehicles,Â motorcycles,Â scootersÂ andÂ mopedsÂ as defined inISOÂ 3833.
VINs were first used in 1954.Â From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.
In 1981, theÂ National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationÂ of the United States standardized the format.Â 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 findÂ lemonsÂ andÂ branded vehicles. See theÂ used carÂ article for a list of countries where this service is available.