A VIN number can help you in a number of ways ranging from getting the car’s most detailed information all the way to getting history reports of the car. However, there is also a way that can help you determine whether the VIN number is real or fake. With an online VIN calculator from www.vin-decoder.com it is possible to know. If, on the other hand, you want to try it out yourself, here is how to go about it.
The Ninth Character
The ninth character is the “check character” and it is mandatory in North America and other parts of the world. The character can be either an X or a number.
- Replace all the letters with a number
- A and J are number 1
- B,K, and S are 2
- C,L and T are 3
- D,M and U are 4
- E,N and V are 5
- F and W are 6
- G,P and X are 7
- H and Y are 8
- R and Z are 9
- I, O and Q are never used.
- Write the following numbers underneath your new 17 digit number code (below each number)
- 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 10 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 (note that 10 is one number)
- Multiply each column of the numbers you have – each digit on the 17-digit code multiplied by the number beneath it.
- After multiplying each column, add all the resultant numbers together.
- Divide your result from the addition by 11 and when it gets to the decimal point, stop at that. You only need whole numbers thus if there are any reminders, don’t continue.
- The multiplication process should have a reminder. Check the number and compare it with the ninth digit. If the remainder is 10, write down X.
To check whether your car’s VIN number is genuine or not, there is a calculation method that is used. The number you get as the remainder during your calculation should be the same one as the ninth digit.