The vehicle identification number supplied can be decoded into the detailed data & specifications about the vehicle. These details include performance & fuel efficiency, handling & braking, exterior & aerodynamics, and the measured dimensions of the vehicle.
The full vehicle identification number
The calendar year in which the vehicle was manufactured
The manufacturer or trade name of this vehicle
The particular design or version of this vehicle
The style or sub-model within the current model
The size and type of the vehicle’s combustion engine
1.8L L4 DOHC 16V
The class and type of this vehicle’s overall design
The country of origin where the vehicle was made
The steering components or system used to control the direction of the vehicle’s motion
The automobile safety system that allows the vehicle’s wheels to maintain tractive contact on the road surface
The overall amount of fuel that the vehicle’s container can hold
The overall measurement, from top to bottom, of the vehicle
The overall measurement of the longest side of the vehicle, from bumper to bumper
The overall measurement of the thickness of the vehicle
The prescribed number of seats available in this vehicle
The possible number of seats available in this vehicle
The estimated fuel efficiency when travelling on the highway in this vehicle
38 – 41 miles/gallon
The estimated fuel efficiency when travelling in the city in this vehicle
The section show title records — the legal document proving ownership of a vehicle issued by state DMVs. Below you will find the number of times this vehicle has been registered and in which states, which is listed in chronological order.
The junk, salvage, and insurance section lists vehicles that have either been reported as a total loss by an insurance company, vehicles that have been registered with a junk/scrap yard, and vehicles that have been sold at a salvage auction (to be potentially rebuilt and sold at retail!).
The date the reporting entity acquired the vehicle
The accident records identifies vehicle accidents — both minor and major — typically in cases where there is a police report associated with the accident event. Note that, like other vehicle history providers, VinAudit aggregates accidents from a combination of police departments, state agencies, and industry sources, and a lack of a positive match does not necessarily mean the vehicle has had an accident-free history.
This section highlights any historical or active reports of theft and theft recoveries from industry sources. Buyer beware: those scammed into buying a stolen car often lose both the money and the car if it is recovered by the police.
The specified record of the vehicle
Date of Theft
The date that this vehicle was stolen
Date of Recovery
The date the vehicle was recovered
Theft Reported State
The state reported that the vehicle was stolen
The current status of the theft
The calendar year in which the vehicle was manufactured
This section show lien, impound, and export records. Vehicle liens records indicate that an finance company may have a claim to ownership of this vehicle. Impound records show if a vehicle was taken to any impound lots. And export records show if a vehicle was ever exported outside of the United States.
The specified type of record
The date the line, impound, or export happened
The finance company which acquired the lien on this vehicle
Drive Financial, Inc
The date the lien was made against this vehicle
The state where the vehicle was impounded or exported
This section shows historical listings of this vehicle for sale, either by a private party or by a car dealership. In some cases, this can give you an idea of when the vehicle has been sold before and the price at which the vehicle was offered for sale.
This section lists our checks for all potential title brands issued by state DMVs against the title. A “branded” title — as opposed to a “clean” title — indicates that the state has permanently associated a potential issue related to the vehicle.
Record of Flood Damage
A flood damage record means the vehicle damaged by freshwater flood (or it is unknown whether the damage was caused by fresh water or salt water).
Record of Fire Damage
A fire damage record means that the vehicle was damaged by fire.
Record of Hail Damage
Vehicle damaged by hail.
Record of Salt Water Damage
Vehicle damaged by saltwater flood.
Record of Vandalism
Vehicle damaged by vandals.
Record of Kit
A vehicle that has been built by combining a chassis with a different (non-matching VIN) frame, engine, and body parts. The VIN on the chassis is used as the vehicle’s VIN.
Record of Dismantled
The vehicle can only be sold as parts and can not be legally driven.
Record of Junk
The vehicle is incapable of safe operation for use on the roads or highways and has no resale value except as a source of parts or scrap, or the vehicle’s owner has irreversibly designated the vehicle as a source of parts or scrap. This vehicle shall never be titled or registered. Also known as non-repairable, scrapped, or destroyed.
Record of Rebuilt
The vehicle, previously branded “salvage”, has passed anti-theft and safety inspections, or other jurisdiction procedures, to ensure the vehicle was rebuilt to required standards. Also known as prior salvage (salvaged).
Record of Reconstructed
A vehicle that has been permanently altered from original construction by removing, adding, or substituting major components.
Record of Salvage: Damage or Not Specified
Any vehicle which has been wrecked, destroyed or damaged, to the extent that the total estimated or actual cost of parts and labor to rebuild or reconstruct the vehicle to its pre-accident condition and for legal operation on roads or highways exceeds a jurisdiction-defined percentage of the retail value of the vehicle. The retail value of the vehicle is determined by a current edition of a nationally recognized compilation (to include automated data bases) of retail values. Salvage–Damage or Not Specified also includes any vehicle to which an insurance company acquires owner- ship pursuant to a damage settlement, or any vehicle that the vehicle’s owner may wish to designate as a salvage vehicle by obtaining a salvage title, without regard to extent of the vehicle’s damage and repairs, or any vehicle for which the jurisdiction cannot distinguish the reason the vehicle was designated salvage.
Record of Test Vehicle
The vehicle is built and retained by the manufacturer for testing.
Record of Refurbished
Any vehicle modified by the installation of a new cab and chassis for the existing coach which has been renovated, resulting in a vehicle of greater value or a vehicle with a new style.
Record of Collision
Vehicle damaged by collision.
Record of Salvage Retention
The vehicle is branded salvage and is kept by the owner.
Record of Prior Taxi
Vehicle previously registered as a taxi.
Record of Prior Police
Vehicle previously registered as a police vehicle.
Record of Original Taxi
Vehicle is currently registered as a taxi.
Record of Original Police
Vehicle is currently registered as a police vehicle.
Record of Remanufactured
Vehicle was reconstructed by the manufacturer.
Record of Gray Market
Vehicle was manufactured for use outside of the United States and has been brought into the United States. Brand ’22’ has been replaced by brands ’45’ and ’46’, as of 6/25/01.
Record of Warranty Return
Vehicle returned to the manufacturer because of a breach in the warranty.
Record of Antique
The vehicle is over 50 years old.
Record of Classic
The vehicle is over 20 years old and adheres to other jurisdiction-specific criteria, e.g., vehicle make, condition, etc.
Record of Agricultural Vehicle
The vehicle will primarily be operated on private roads for agricultural purposes.
Record of Logging Vehicle
The vehicle will primarily be operated on private roads for logging purposes.
Record of Street Rod
The vehicle has been modified to not conform with the manufacturer’s specifications, and the modifications adhere to jurisdiction-specific criteria.
Vehicle Contains Reissued VIN
The chassis VIN has been reissued, i.e. the same VIN is reused.
Record of Replica
A vehicle with a body built to resemble and be a reproduction of another vehicle of a given year and given manufacturer.
Record of Totaled
A vehicle that is declared a total loss by a jurisdiction or an insurer that is obligated to cover the loss or that the insurer takes possession of or title to.
Record of Owner Retained
A vehicle that has been declared by the insurance company to be a total loss but the owner maintains possession and ownership of the vehicle.
Record of Bond Posted
The insurance company has issued a bond on the vehicle because the ownership of the vehicle cannot be proven; this allows the vehicle to be sold and titled. Note: This brand is not valid after January 17, 2003.
Record of Memorandum Copy
The title document is a facsimile title and not the active (original or duplicate) title document.
Record of Parts Only
The vehicle may only be used for parts. This code is no longer used, use ’07 – Dismantled’.
Record of Recovered Theft
The vehicle was previously titled as salvage due to theft. The Vehicle has been repaired and inspected (or complied with other jurisdiction procedures) and may be legally driven.
Record of Undisclosed Lien
The vehicle has entered the titling jurisdiction from a jurisdiction that does not disclose lien-holder information on the title. The titling jurisdiction may issue a new title without this brand if no notice of a security interest in the vehicle is received, within a jurisdiction defined timeframe. Note: This brand is not valid after January 17, 2003.
Record of Prior Owner Detained
A vehicle that was previously branded owner retained and was sold. The new owner’s title contains this brand.
Record of Vehicle Non-Conformity Uncorrected
A non-safety defect reported to the jurisdiction by the vehicle manufacturer remains uncorrected.
Record of Vehicle Non-Conformity Corrected
A non-safety defect reported to the jurisdiction by the vehicle manufacturer has been corrected.
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Uncorrected
A safety defect reported to the jurisdiction by the vehicle manufacturer remains uncorrected.
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Corrected
A safety defect reported to the jurisdiction by the vehicle manufacturer has been corrected.
Record of VIN Replaced
VIN replaced by a new state assigned VIN. A title should not be issued for the VIN. This brand can be issued for rebuilt vehicles.
Record of Gray Market: Non-compliant
Vehicle was manufactured for use outside the United States and has been brought into the United States. The vehicle is not in compliance with applicable federal standards.
Record of Gray Market: Compliant
Vehicle was manufactured for use outside the United States and has been brought into the United States. The vehicle is in compliance with applicable federal standards
Record of Manufacturer Buy Back
A vehicle that has been bought back by the manufacturer under jurisdiction -defined regulations or laws, such as lemon laws. For example, the manufacturer could be obligated to buy back the vehicle when a specified number of repair attempts fails to correct a major problem on a new vehicle, or if a new vehicle has been out of service for repair for the same problem for a cumulative period of 30 days or more, within one year of purchase.
Record of Former Rental
Vehicle has been used as a rental vehicle.
Record of Salvage:Stolen
Any vehicle the reporting jurisdiction considers salvage because an insurance company has acquired ownership pursuant to a settlement based on the theft of the vehicle.
Record of Salvage:Reasons Other Than Damage or Stolen
Any vehicle the reporting jurisdiction considers salvage based on criteria, such as abandonment, not covered by the Salvage– Damage or Not Specified and Salvage–Stolen brands. Note.–Percent of damage is not reported with brand code 50.
Record of Disclosed Damage
The vehicle has sustained damage to the extent that the damage is required to be disclosed under the jurisdiction’s damage disclosure law.
Record of Prior Non-Repairable / Repaired
A vehicle constructed by repairing a vehicle that has been destroyed or declared to be non-repairable or otherwise declared to not be eligible for titling because of the extent of damage to the vehicle but has been issued a title pursuant to state law after falling within this criterion with this brand on the face of the certificate of title.
Record of Crushed
The frame or chassis of the vehicle has been crushed or otherwise destroyed so that it is physically impossible to use it in constructing a vehicle.
Record of Odometer: Actual
The true mileage for the vehicle. The odometer has not been tampered with, reached its mechanical limits, or been altered.
Record of Odometer: Not Actual
The odometer reading is known to be other than the true mileage for the vehicle.
Record of Odometer: Tampering Verified
The odometer reading is known to be other that the true mileage for the vehicle, due to tampering.
Record of Odometer: Exempt from Odometer Disclosure
The vehicle falls within criteria that allow it to change ownership without disclosure of the odometer reading.
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits
The odometer reading is less than the true mileage of the vehicle because the odometer can not display the total number of true miles.
Record of Odometer: May Be Altered
The titling authority has reason to believe that the odometer reading does not reflect the true mileage of the vehicle because of an alteration to the odometer.
Record of Odometer: Replaced?
The odometer in the vehicle is not the odometer put in the vehicle when manufactured.
Record of Odometer: Reading at Time of Renewal?
The odometer reading was recorded when the registration was renewed.
Record of Odometer: Discrepancy?
The titling authority has reason to believe that the odometer reading does not reflect the true mileage of the vehicle because of known previous recorded values of odometer for the vehicle.
Record of Odometer: Call Title Division?
The titling authority knows of some problem with the odometer reading that it cannot print on a title. Titling authority will discuss the problem (manual process) with authorized inquirers.
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits Rectified?
A state other than the brander corrected brand 72.
This section contains additional data related to the vehicle which may or may not be related to the vehicle’s history. This includes the vehicle’s estimated market value, the vehicle’s estimate 5-year ownership cost (if purchased now), and recommended external resources for finding out more.