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What is a VIN? Every vehicle has a unique code that identifies exactly what it is.

Buying a used car can be a tricky proposition.

A vehicle identification number, or VIN, identifies your car.

Buying a car is an exciting and challenging time.

Before buying a used vehicle, you should run a vehicle history check to make sure there are no major accidents, flood damage, or a salvage title attached to the vehicle.

When shopping for your next vehicle, you naturally want to discover everything you can about its history.

You’re driving down the road when you notice a car in rough shape with flat tires and maybe some broken glass parked on the side.

For any car made since 1981, there is a detailed repair and damage history available from a company called Carfax.

Every vehicle on the road today has a VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, but very few people understand these numbers or how they are devised.

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In testing NHTSA's VIN lookup search, Cars.com found major problems with the tool not displaying some vehicles affected by Takata's faulty airbag inflators.

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We've already seen more vehicles recalled this year than any year on record. General Motors alone has issued campaigns covering about 25.75 million cars in the US. Finally, with 2014 more than half gone, it appears that the rate of these announcements is finally starting to slow, but that still leaves tens of million of drivers needing to know whether their vehicle needs a safety fix. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is offering a solution with a simple new way for people to ma