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Vehicle Data & VIN Decoding

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Our Vehicle Data and VIN Decoding product suite offers the most comprehensive and detailed vehicle datasets available on the market today.

Vehicle Data & VIN Decoding Software

DataOne Software's scope of coverage is unsurpassed with VIN decoding solutions for everything from passenger and light duty vehicles to motorcycles and commercial tractor trailer trucks. Our Vehicle Data was developed with easy integration in mind and can power detailed inventory display up through vehicle configuration tools. Our Vehicle Service data is optimized to support dealer service marketing and service scheduling. In addition, our flexible delivery options can match your business needs to provide the perfect fit. View our Advanced VIN Decoding Logic page for information on our VIN decoder and vehicle data web service option.  

Automotive Data is a fundamental component of many business' products and solutions. DataOne will provide you with a data foundation that supports both your business' immediate and future needs. 

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Product Advantages:

  • Industry leading VIN decoding 
  • Detailed and precise OEM compliant vehicle descriptions
  • Depth and breadth of data to meet any vehicle data need
  • Extensive mapping to 3rd party datasets
  • Delivered database files and web service offered
  • Easily integrated and customizable 

DataOne Vehicle Data & VIN Decoding Services:


VINBasic™ is a powerful, easy to integrate VIN decoding solution for every vehicle from a Vespa scooter to Mack truck. It includes many common fields and pairs seamlessly with our Extended Vehicle Data for more detailed vehicle descriptions.

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Vehicle Service Data

A comprehensive set of information that can be used to market and schedule regular and premium maintenance for all major vehicle brands. In addition, supports functionality for matching vehicles to aftermarket parts and accessories

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Extended Vehicle Data

Detailed, comprehensive & complete vehicle data and descriptions. Our Extended Vehicle Data provides the depth of detail your business needs, delivered in a flexible format for your solutions.

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Mapping and 3rd Party Validation

There are a number of important third party datasets that rank, rate, identify and recommend vehicles for a variety of purposes. We can provide this data directly, or offer mapping between it and our data solutions.

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Vehicle Research

With vehicle comparison data and vehicle build logic, you can build the perfect car and compare it in a number of ways to other vehicles on the market.

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Inventory Feeds

Detailed inventory feeds are a necessary part of your dealer marketing services. Inventory feeds can include actual photos as well as give you the ability to add dealers.

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VIN Decoder FAQs

Some frequently asked questions about VIN decoders to help you get started!

How does a VIN decoder work?

All commercially available VIN decoders will extract the information encoded in the VIN Pattern or VIN Squish (What's a VIN Squish?). However, the good ones will also pass along additional information that they know about the vehicle and its configuration. Some of these inputs may include the OEM Model number, package code, installed equipment and option codes. This is sometimes referred to as VIN explosion.

Are trim and transmission encoded in the VIN number?

Trim and transmission are not consistently encoded in the VIN number, as the information OEMs provide in the vehicle descriptors section (positions 4-8) varies. However, many advanced VIN decoders can identify these vehicle details, among others, utilizing additional aggregated data and inputs. View this article to identify other vehicle details that are rarely encoded in the VIN.    

Which vehicle details can I expect from a VIN decoder?

VIN numbers specify much of the core vehicle information. For example, they identify the make, engine, body and drive type, passenger restraint system, when and where they were manufactured, and the serial number. However, some of the information can vary greatly between OEMs, especially in the vehicle descriptor positions.

Many VIN decoder solutions provide more vehicle information than what is encoded in the VIN by tying additional vehicle details to the VDS positions.

Here's a breakdown of the 17 digit VIN standard:


Can you decode heavy trucks or vehicles sold outside of the U.S. market?

DataOne's vehicle data and VIN decoding solutions currently cover both the U.S. and Canadian markets. In addition to passenger vehicles, our VIN decoding covers both commercial trucks and powersports. If you have signed up for a vehicle data & VIN decoder trial and are looking for Canadian, heavy truck or powersports data, make sure to request it so we can make it available.

If you're curious why we don't offer VIN decoding for vehicles destined for sale outside of the North American market, please check out this following article.

Will a VIN decoder identify vehicle history?

While a vehicle's VIN number can be used to access vehicle history reports, such as Carfax, that is not the focus of a VIN decoder. VIN decoders are used to identify vehicles as they are produced. Learn more about the differences between VIN decoders, VIN checks, and vehicle history reports here

What's the difference between a VIN decode and a VIN check?

A VIN check tool may just confirm the validity of a VIN, and sometimes provide basic data such as the year, make, model, trim, number of owners, etc.

A VIN decoder will, at bare minimum, extract all the information encoded in the VIN. Most complete vehicle data and VIN decoding solutions can provide additional vehicle details and specs, such as engine and transmission details, standard and optional installed equipment, vehicle dimensions, color options, MPG and so on.

Is there an advantage of VIN lookup over Y/M/M/T lookup?

Identifying vehicles and their specs by the VIN number rather than year/make/model/trim certainly has some advantages. Here are a few:

  • VIN lookup can be more precise. If you are looking up a vehicle by Y/M/M/T, there can still be many different engine types, drive types, and cab types for each trim. A VIN number will do a much better job of narrowing down this information.
  • It's quicker and easier to identify bulk vehicles and their specs in your inventory by VIN
  • Some OEMs encode trim in the VIN number. In this case, VIN lookup will eliminate guessing the trim if you're not sure.

Here are some more advantages of VIN lookup in this blog article.

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