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Is it possible to find out the color of a vehicle using its VIN?

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No, it's not possible to use the vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine a vehicle's color. Every car has a VIN, which is a 17 character combination of letters and numbers that reveals information about the vehicle.

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The first three characters confirm where the vehicle was built and the manufacturer's identity. The fourth through eighth characters identify the brakes, body style, restraint system and power train. For verification purposes, the ninth character is a check digit developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that ensures the information provided by the first eight characters is legit. The 10th and 11th characters tell where the car was built and what year it was built in, and the final six characters are a serial number provided by the manufacturer, which typically reveal the model and trim.

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    How do you check a VIN number?

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    The best way to check a vehicle identification number (VIN) is to access the VIN located inside the driver's side windshield and then visit the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System website. Click on "Purchase an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report" and follow the prompts.

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    How do you check a VIN to see if a motorcycle has been stolen?

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    How do you check a VIN number on vehicle?

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    Check the VIN number on a vehicle by running it through a history report or calling the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles will have general information in regards to title ownership; however, a vehicle history report will contain more in-depth details in regards to any accidents or police reports.

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    Does the VIN system prevent vehicle theft?

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    Prominently displaying a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN0, for example by etching it into the windows of a vehicle, may help deter theft by making the vehicle appear less appealing to thieves. Reported thefts are included as part of the vehicle history report that is searchable by VIN.

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