As I mentioned in another thread, I may be considering buying a van in the near future. I was doing a bit of digging regarding VIN numbers and found the following info on this page: www.carlight.co.uk/faq/date-built.html
Is the year code consistent for all manufacturers - I'm sure many second hand caravans may be sold as 1995 when they really 1993?
Does anuone have more info on VINs or links to pages to find out the details for each manufacturer?
Also found the following Police page regarding caravans
Quote from 1st webpage follows
from 1992 onwards
As almost every manufacturer had a different numbering system, and to try to combat the growing number of caravan thefts, the Caravan Industry decided to adopt a universal numbering system . The VIN (Vehicle Identification Numbers) System has been employed from 1992 onwards.
The VIN system is a 17 character International Standard that specifies the content and structure of a vehicle identification number in order to establish, on a world-wide basis, a uniform identification numbering system for road vehicles and their trailers.
This 17 alpha-numeric code provides the following information:
- Manufacturer & Country of origin
- Single or Twin axle
- Model year
- Build number
The first part of a VIN is known as the WMI code (World Manufacturer Identifier) and comprises of three characters. The first two characters designate the country of origin and the type of product. The third character identifies the manufacturer and has been allocated by the National Caravan Council.
The WMI code for Carlight is SGC. The next character is either "S" or "T" which denotes either single (S) or twin (T) axle. The next three characters are all zeros on any Carlight Model. The next two characters are the N.C.C. manufacturers codes for Carlight which is CL. The next character shows the model year in accordance with the following VIN code:
The next four characters comprise of a number allocated by the factory; 2356, and then the build number makes up the last three characters. So for instance a VIN number of SGCS000CLT2356010 would show the caravan as a single axle 1996 model build number 10.
|How this is determined is shown in more detail below, the relevant part of the VIN number being described is in red:|
||The caravan was built in the U.K. by Carlight|
||The caravan is a Single Axle|
||The caravan is a 1996 model.|
||The caravan was assembled as build number 10.|