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What are the Differences Between a VIN Number and a Vehicle Registration Number (VRN)?

What is the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit number that acts as the fingerprint for a specific automobile.

The first part of the VIN number is the country and manufacturer identifier, such as “WAU” for German Audi vehicles. The second section is the vehicle description, and the remaining part of the Vehicle Identification Number is used as an identifier. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

 

What is the Vehicle Registration Number (VRN)?

The Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) is a unique identifier that is assigned to every vehicle in Singapore.

Every vehicle must have a VRN displayed on its front and back plates. When buying a new vehicle, you can choose to use either an automatically assigned number by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) or a bid/retained number of your choice. There is no charge for an automatically assigned number, but if you want to use your own chosen number there is a fee associated with it. You can also retain the VRN of your existing vehicle and assign it to your new one at no extra cost. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining the desired VRN during bidding, your bid amount will be refunded.

 

Differences Between VIN and VRN

1. A VIN is a Vehicle Identification Number, while a VRN is a Vehicle Registration Number.

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit number stamped into the chassis of a car, which serves as the car’s unique identity code.

The first part of the VIN number is the country and manufacturer identifier, such as ‘WAU’ for German Audi vehicles. The second section is called the vehicle description, and the remaining part of the Vehicle Identification Number serves as an identifier for that specific vehicle. The VIN can never be changed once it has been issued on production line because it serves as proof of ownership. It also helps identify important information such as engine type and power output.

2. A VIN is a 17-digit code, while a VRN is a 17- or 18-digit code.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-character string of letters and numbers without intervening spaces or the letters Q (q), I (i), and O (o). It provides information about the vehicle, such as the year, country, and factory of manufacture; make and model; serial number; etc.

The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a 12 or 14 character serial number that uniquely identifies a motorboat or vessel. It is often printed on documents related to registration, title transfer, insurance policies etc., for identification purposes. VRNs are not required if titles will not be issued for vehicles or off-road vehicles due to their lack of identifying features.

3. A VIN is used by manufacturers to identify vehicles, while a VRN is used by governments to identify vehicles.

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code used by the automotive industry to identify individual vehicles. It includes a serial number and is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters).

The VIN serves as the car’s fingerprint, as no two vehicles have the same VIN. It can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized the format in 1981 so that all codes are 17-characters long with digits and capital letters included. The letters I (i), O (o), and Q (q) are omitted to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0. Additionally, the VIN identifies specific information about year make model country of origin assembly plant etcetera which can be helpful when searching for used cars online or through services like reg history check . On the other hand VRN stands for Vehicle Registration Number which is issued by state authorities when registering a vehicle .

4. A VIN does not change over the life of the vehicle, while a VRN may change if a vehicle is registered in a different country.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique identifier for a vehicle, consisting of 17 characters that represent information such as the vehicle’s make and model. The Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) is the license plate number assigned by the state to identify registered vehicles.

The VIN is used by authorities to track vehicle information such as ownership, safety recalls, and insurance claims. It can also be used to identify stolen vehicles or cars involved in accidents. The VRN is used by states to identify registered vehicles when issuing drivers licenses or vehicle registration certificates. The VRN should match with the VIN on all documents related to a specific car in order for them to be validly issued.

5. A VIN is used for safety features and vehicle verification, while a VRN is used for vehicle registration purposes.

Both the VIN and VRN are used for identification purposes. The VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle, while the VRN displays a 12-digit number on the vehicle’s front and back plates.

The main difference between a VIN and VRN is that a VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage whereas a VRN does not have this capability. Additionally, while both numbers serve as identifiers for vehicles in their respective countries or jurisdictions, only vehicles in Singapore require a VRN since it is not required elsewhere in the world.

6. A VIN is visible on the exterior of the vehicle, while a VRN is not always visible on the exterior of the vehicle.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit number that uniquely identifies a vehicle. It can be found on most passenger cars, motorcycles, and semitrailers.

The VIN contains information such as the make, model and year of the vehicle; its country of origin; its serial number; and other identifying information. The purpose of this number is to provide an accurate record of a vehicle’s history from the time it was manufactured until present day. The VIN can also be used to identify any potential issues with the vehicle during ownership such as recalls or safety issues related to its design or parts used in production. Additionally, if there is an accident involving your car you may need to provide this number for insurance purposes or when filing an insurance claim for damage caused by another driver’s negligence in an accident involving your car.

7. A VIN is connected to many different systems, while a VRN is connected to fewer systems.

A VIN is a 17-digit code that identifies a specific automobile. It displays the car’s unique features, specifications, and manufacturer. A VRN is a 12 or 14 character serial number that uniquely identifies a motorboat or vessel.

The length of VINs has varied from 11 to 17 characters since their inception in 1981. VRNs have remained consistently 12 or 14 characters long since their creation in the 1970s. Additionally, VIN verification is not required if title will not be issued; however VRN verification is mandatory before issuance of title for boats/vessels in most states.

8. A VIN can be deciphered and verified online, while a VRN cannot always be deciphered and verified online.

Yes, a VIN can be deciphered and verified online while a VRN cannot always be deciphered and verified online.

A VIN is the identifying code for a specific automobile, composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage. A VRN is used to identify boats or vessels but does not provide as much detail about the specific boat or vessel as a VIN does about an automobile. Therefore it is not possible to always decipher and verify VRNs online like you can with VINS .

9. A VIN can be used to determine the value of a vehicle, while a VRN is not always used to determine the value of a vehicle.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the identifying code for a specific automobile. It is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer.

The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a 12 or 14 character serial number that uniquely identifies a motorboat or vessel. It can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

The VIN serves as the car’s fingerprint since no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. The HIN can be used to identify individual boats/vessels but not compare them across different years or models like a VIN would do with automobiles. Additionally, while both numbers provide valuable information when determining value of vehicles they are not interchangeable since they are used for different purposes related to their respective industries (automotive vs marine).

10. A VIN can be checked using

1. Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and select the VIN check tool you want to use.

2. Enter the VIN number of the car you wish to check into the corresponding field, then click “Check” or “Decode” button.

3. If you selected “Check” option, a list of potential issues related to that particular VIN number will be displayed in a few seconds after you click on it (e.g., recalls, stolen vehicle reports).

4. If you selected “Decode” option instead, it will reveal details about manufacturer and year of production as well as other information associated with that particular VIN number (e.g., engine type, transmission type etc.).

 

How to Find the VIN and VRN on Your Car

Step 1: Check if your preferred VRN is available

1. Search for the VRN available for bidding based on your vehicle type.

2. The bid exercise for the selected vehicle series is currently not available (this indicates that this VRN is not yet available).

3. Make a bid to acquire an available VRN with the prefix and suffix (e.g SLPxxxxA) according to your vehicle type preference, up to 3 different combinations of numbers can be chosen for the same prefix SLPxxxxA (SLPyyyyB, SLPzzzzC). If successful only one VRN will be awarded based on order of preference submitted in bid request form..

4 Check if your preferred VRN is still available by re-checking availability status after submitting bid request form or at any time before expiry date of Bid Request Form end date/time displayed in Bid Offer page

Step 2: Submit your bid

1. To submit a bid to find the VIN and VRN on your car, first locate the VIN plate on your vehicle’s dashboard or engine compartment. It should look like this: __________

2. Next, use a VIN decoder tool such as this one from Car & Driver to determine the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Vehicle Registration Number (VRN).

3. Enter these numbers into an online bidding platform such as LTALink in order to submit a bid for that particular series of numbers when they become available for auctioning during bidding exercises held throughout the year .

Step 3: Get the VIN number scanned

1. Look for the VIN on the dashboard of your vehicle, usually near the corner where it meets the windshield. If you cannot find it there, look at the door post where the door latches when closed.

2. Obtain a free VIN check by entering it in the VIN check box under “Run an AutoCheck ® vehicle history report.” Enter your VIN in this space and click “Check VIN”.

3. The year, make, model and style of assembly for your VIN will be displayed above this order form along with how many vehicle history records there are for this vehicle. To view a full vehicle history report choose one of these options and fill out information to purchase package desired.

4 . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers two free VIN check tools that allow you to either decode your own or check for recall

Step 4: Using your VRN

Using your VRN can help you find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and VRN of your car. This is because when you buy a new vehicle, it must have a VRN displayed on its number plates. By bidding for an available VRN with the prefix and suffix (e.g., SLPxxxxA), you can choose up to three combinations of numbers for that same prefix. Additionally, if you wish to acquire more than one VRN, you must make more than one bid.

Step 5: Compare 10th position VIN numbers

1. Identify the 10th position of the VIN number, which is required worldwide to encode the model year of the vehicle. The last five digits must be numeric in North America.

2. Determine if 1980 was encoded by some manufacturers as “A” or zero (since the 17-digit VIN was not mandatory until 1981).

3. Read positions one through three and another position as determined by manufacturer in second section or fourth to eighth segment of VIN to identify make of vehicle.

4 Use table above to determine specific year range for passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles with GVWR 10,000 lbs or less (if position seven is numeric then model year in position 10 refers to 1980-2009 otherwise it refers 2010-2039). For vehicles with GVWR greater than 10,000 lbs use table above for alternate method of identifying model year (beginning 2010 models can repeat characters 1-8 & 10 from 1980 – 2009).

Step 6: Check if the year of the vehicle is displayed on its VIN

1. Look for the VIN on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, near where it meets the windshield.

2. If unable to find it there, look for it on the door post where the door latches when it is closed.

3. You can also check your insurance card/insurance policy and vehicle title/registration for this information.

4. To obtain a free VIN check, enter it in the box under “Run an AutoCheck ® vehicle history report” and click “Check VIN”.

5 . Enter your vehicle’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into this field above and click “Check VIN” to view manufacturer information from NHTSA’s data submitted by manufacturers since 1981 (for vehicles made since 1981).

Step 7: Find out if the vehicle has a 5-star Defaqto rating

1. Go online and search for “RAC Comprehensive Car Insurance Plus”.

2. Get a quote online to find out if your car has a 5 Star Defaqto rating or not, or ask your insurer directly if you are unsure.

3. If the policy has been given a 5 Star Rating by Defaqto, then it means that it offers good value for money in terms of coverage and customer satisfaction levels compared to other similar policies on the market today..

Step 8: Use online tools to decipher the code displayed on the VIN

1. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and enter your vehicle’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the field provided.

2. Receive an instant report on the manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant and model year of your vehicle from the data submitted by manufacturers to NHTSA.

3. Use this information to decipher your VIN code if it was made after 1981 or if it contains 11 characters instead of 17 characters if it is older than 1981 models .

Step 9: Understand the differences between VIN numbers and VRNs

VINs and VRNs are both used to uniquely identify a vehicle. Both VINs and VRNs are composed of digits and capital letters, with VINs being 17 characters long and VRNs being 12 or 14 characters long.

The main difference between VIN numbers and VRN numbers is that a VIN is used for automobiles, while a VRN is used for boats or vessels. Additionally, while title requirements may not require verification of the VIN number if no title will be issued, they typically require verification of the VRN number before issuing any title documents.