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Decoding Your Car’s VIN Number

Have you ever looked at your car’s VIN code? It’s a 17-digit collection of letters and digits that, on the surface of it, is completely random and incomprehensible. But the truth is, each car’s VIN number carries a wealth of information, from where the vehicle was manufactured to its weight, chassis type, series and even engine. In fact, by doing some fairly straightforward math (admittedly, you’ll need pen and paper for it), you can confirm whether a VIN is valid — or fake — by following the steps outlined in this infographic.

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