Almost 80% drivers believe that each car sale advertisement should contain its VIN number.
60% of drivers agree to provide the registration number as well, 25% of drivers don’t have an opinion on this matter and 15% are against it. The statistics come from the autoDNA publication: “Second hand car purchase roulette is over“. Its first chapter is devoted to the VIN number. Let’s take a moment and look at this topic, then. “Vehicle Identification Number”, is a set of seventeen characters identifying a specific vehicle; which means that every VIN is unique. The VIN is to the vehicle what the DNA is to the human. This number is assigned by the vehicle manufacturer and identifies the make, model, construction year as well as vehicle history and other technical specifications. It applies to all vehicles (such as a passenger cars, trucks, trailers, buses, motorcycles and mopeds). The VIN labelling system in accordance with the international ISO 3779-1983 standard has been in place since the 1980s. It has been accepted by most countries and is used by leading vehicle manufacturers.
The VIN uniquely identifies each vehicle manufactured in the world over the past forty years.
The research cited in “Second hand car purchase roulette is over” confirms that only 16% of the surveyed drivers are aware of how much vehicle information can be checked based on the VIN. The respondents most often mention basic information about the car, such as the production year, brand and model or date of first registration. More than a half of the respondents (when surveyed for publication) knew that VIN makes it possible to check the vehicle history (car accident history).
More than 60% of the respondents have never checked information about the car based on the VIN. The ones who did it mostly used the free vehicle check site Historiapojazdu.gov.pl (side of the Polish government). Among the paid websites, the most frequently used one is autoDNA.
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