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VINChecker 1.0



11.11.13 First public version VINChecker 1.0 released.

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You do not want to become a victim of fraud when buying a car?
Then VINChecker - that is what you are looking for!

The application "VINChecker" is designed for checking the correctness of VIN-number of check digit, and display information about the manufacturer and model year of the car.

System Requirements

Android 2.2 or higher.

You are using application "as is", at your own risk.
VINChecker is distributed under CC BY-ND 3.0 license ("Attribution-NoDerivs").


Android Application is distributed in the form of APK-file.

Checksum APK-archive MD5: 958a05ae90798b38930d59b224cd63c8 - 1.0
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Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Commencing in September 1980, Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regulation FMVSS-115 required a 17-digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on all new vehicles sold in the United States. (In Canada, the applicable regulation is Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Standard 115 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.) In June of 1983 the American requirements of the regulation moved to Part 565.
A Vehicle Identification Number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique serial number used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles.
Modern day VINs consist of 17 characters which do not include the letters I, O, or Q (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).
The vehicle identification number is divided into four parts:
  • the World Manufacturer's Identification (WMI - three characters);
  • the Vehicle Description Section (VDS - five characters);
  • the check digit;
  • the Vehicle Identification Section (VIS - eight characters).
When decoded, the VIN tells the country and year of manufacture; make, model and serial number; assembly plant and even some equipment specifications.
VIN Sample: SCCFE33C9VHF65358
SCC Europe, Lotus, UK
FE33C Model
9 Check Digit
VHF65358 1997, Assembly Plant H, Serial Number F65358
One element that is fairly consistent is the use of position 9 as a check digit, compulsory for vehicles in North America, and used fairly consistently even outside this rule.
Checking the correctness of VIN-number of check digit is quite effective means of protection from hackers.
VINs are normally located in several locations on a car, but the most common places are:
  • on the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually driver's but sometimes passenger's)
  • on the dash near the windshield
  • on the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine)
  • on the car's firewall
  • in the left-hand inner wheel arch
  • on the steering wheel/steering column
  • on the radiator support bracket
  • on your car's title, registration, guarantee/maintenance book or on the declarations page of your auto insurance policy
VIN Location
VIN SampleVIN Sample


To check, you must enter the VIN into the appropriate field and click the right of this field button.
If you entered the correct VIN-number, then displays:
  • entered VIN-number ("VIN #");
  • check result ("Status") - "Valid" (number correct);
  • region and country of the manufacturer ("Region");
  • name manufacturer ("Mfr.");
  • model year ("Year").
If number of entered characters is less than 17 or entered incorrect characters, then instead of the region, country and the name of the manufacturer, and year of release shows question marks "?", as a result of check indicates the cause of the error: number of entered characters is less than 17 ("Not enough chars!"); entered incorrect characters ("Invalid char(s)!")
If you entered an incorrect check digit or check digit calc error occurred (due to the used VIN format without a check digit or because of wrong VIN-number), then displays area ("Region") and title ("Mfr.") of manufacturer, year of release ("Year"), as a result of check ("Status") indicates the cause of the error: entered incorrect check digit ("Invalid check digit!"); error check digit test ("Failed check digit calc!").

Whats new in VINChecker 1.0

* first public version

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