11:57 am PST
Well, there are lots of free VIN decoders on the internet. Here's one as an example.
A VIN won't tell you if a car is green or white, or if it has a leather interior or the premium stereo system. Here is a complete decode of what a VIN will tell you
- The first character vehicle identification number (VIN) serial number identifies the country from which the vehicle was manufactured.
- First vehicle identification number digit: U.S.A.(1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Japan (J), Korea (K), England (S), Germany (W), Italy (Z)
- Second vehicle identification number digit specifies the manufacturer. Audi (A), BMW (B), Buick (4), Cadillac (6), Chevrolet (1), Chrysler (C), Dodge (B), Ford (F), GM Canada (7), General Motors (G), Honda (H), Jaguar (A), Lincoln (L), Mercedes Benz (D), Mercury (M), Nissan (N), Oldsmobile (3), Pontiac (2 or 5), Plymouth (P), Saturn (8), Toyota (T), Volvo (V).
- Third vehicle identification number digit indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
- Fourth through eighth vehicle identification number digit reveals the vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc.
- The ninth vehicle identification number digit is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous VIN numbers. This is how the check digit works
- Tenth vehicle identification number digit tells the model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993 (P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X), 2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3)
- Eleventh vehicle identification number digit reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.
- The twelfth to seventeenth vehicle identification number digits indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled of the manufacturers assembly line.
What you are looking for (I think) is only found on Build Sheets. Although I don't think this will be of any value in your business, here's some information about them anyhow.
Build sheets are a small strip of paper, about 2 inches wide by 8 inches long or a square about 5 inches by 7 inches that is usually buried in the cotton stuffing of the rear seat, in the backrest of the front seat, or drivers bucket. . Build sheets usually confirm what the Cowl tag will tell you, but in more depth.
Build sheets consist of the following information:
The model number, starts with 1 followed by 4 or more numbers.eg 12467.
A pair of letters will designate the paint code.
A three number series will designate the interior.
A series of one letter and two numbers indicates the factory installed_ options.
Here's a site for GM Build Sheet Information....
However, for your purposes, it's easier to just actually look at the car itself.