Vehicle Identification Number Lookup with the Press of a Button
Under Redline membership, auto dismantlers can search for any automobile VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) they choose. The RDL VIN search tool can provide a complete report of the vehicle from the basic date the car was manufactured to engine and transmission makes and models.
The service is included at no cost to Redline members. They can also print or email their VIN reports. Every report pulled by a member stays inside their VIN history so it can be referenced at any time.
Auto dismantlers operating salvage yards that buy used cars and then sell the parts need to run VIN number lookups all the time. This is because VIN numbers of end-of-life vehicles have been removed from the DMV system. For this reason, researching every VIN number is extremely important to make sure that all used auto parts are authentic.
A VIN number serves as a car’s fingerprint. Comprised of numbers and letters, no two VIN codes are alike. If the VIN code is not 17 characters, the VIN most likely is from a pre-1981 vehicle.
The code includes a serial number issued at the time the car is manufactured. Used in the automotive industry, a VIN code identifies all types of vehicles:
VIN numbers are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They receive the data from automobile manufacturers.
Each segment of a VIN number has a meaning.
Letters I, O and Q are never used in a VIN code.
All end-of-life vehicles are depolluted by salvage yards. This means that any and all toxic fluids and emissions are eliminated. Then, the toxic fluids are disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. These actions alone make the auto recycling business eco-friendly, by default. In essence, recycling cars is good for the environment.
For auto dismantlers who buy and sell used auto parts, understanding the details of a VIN search is important. Many details are revealed, such as:
Every year, thousands of cars are purchased and recycled by auto dismantlers and entered into inventory. But first, running a VIN check is necessary to review a vehicle’s history. This is done by performing a vehicle identification lookup.
For salvage yards that regularly purchase used autos, the ongoing cost of purchasing VIN checks adds up. Through Redline membership, that expense is conveniently avoided.
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