Carbly | VIN Scanner

VIN Scanner

Load a vehicle configuration, appraisal, and history report in seconds.

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The Most Amazing VIN Scanner You've Ever Seen

Carbly's built-in VIN scanner uses text recognition to automatically find VIN numbers in printed text or barcodes. No more laborious typing, just point your phone's camera at the VIN and let us do the work.

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Text Recognition

Carbly uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to find VIN numbers in a sea of text. You can pull VINs out of printed paper, emails, texts and more.

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Fast Barcode Scanning

Quickly and accurately get a vehicle's details from a VIN barcode. Effortless.

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Full Vehicle Details

Once you've scanned the VIN number, Carbly shows you everything you need to know about a vehicle including detailed appraisal data to CARFAX vehicle history reports.

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The Most Cost Effective Tools Available

Other solutions do your business a disservice by nickel and diming you when selecting multiple data providers. To make the most accurate vehicle value assessment and save yourself from bad buys and under-market sales, you need to look at a full range of data sources. We've hand selected those that give you the best market analysis.

Our price of $199/month includes all books and services. CARFAX requires a separate account, but unlike other solutions, we never charge you to integrate vehicle history reports with Carbly. Sign up now to start your 14 day free trial and start making more informed buying and selling decisions.

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Instant Vehicle Prices

Live book values, wholesale prices, retail prices, market days supply, price histories and projections and much more in your pocket at all times. Carbly is an invaluable tool to have at your dealership or at auction.

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Integrated World Class Data Providers

To provide full market insights, we've partnered with Manheim Market Report, Black Book®, NADA Official Used Car Guide®, J.D. Power PIN and CARFAX to deliver timely, accurate vehicle pricing information. One data source is not enough.

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Instant Vehicle History Reports

Using your exising CARFAX login, immediately see a vehicle's ownership and damage history.

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Real Retail Sale Prices

Actual retail sale prices show you what customers are willing to pay for each vehicle, as well as dealership profits and losses at those prices. Cross-check that against wholesale book values to understand profit potential. These are not asking prices, but real transactions.

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Complex Data Shown Intuitively

Carbly takes a large amount of complex market data and distills it down for easy decisions. This means faster, more accurate vehicle pricing and inventory forecasting. Carbly is available for iOS and Android.

Carbly comes with a no-risk 14 day free trial that includes full access to our world-class appraisal tools. Get started today and make more money buying and selling cars.

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If you need help or have questions, you can give us a ring at (800) 996-4028.

Carbly's VIN scanner works in a wide variety of conditions, and has sophisticated technology to ensure you get results quickly and accurately. We support Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes, QR codes, text recognition and more. Carbly is currently available for both iOS and Android. Carbly is for licensed auto dealers only.

If you'd like a demo of how Carbly works, don't hesitate to give us a call at (800) 996-4028 or email us at hello@getcarbly.com

VIN Numbers Explained

With Carbly, you don't have to know what a VIN number actually represents, since the app handles decoding for you. But if you're interested, there's much that can be learned by understanding the structure of a VIN.

VIN number analysis

Build location

The first digit in a VIN number is the build location. This indicates the country in which the vehicle was built. In some cases, the second digit of the VIN is also used to uniquely identify the country. Here are some common countries and their respective codes:

United States: 1, 4, 5
Canada: 2
Mexico: 3
Australia: 6A-6W
Japan: J
Korea: K
UK: SA-SM
France: VF-VR
Switzerland: T
Germany: SN-ST, W
Sweden: YS-YW
Spain: VS-VW
Italy: Z

Manufacturer

Digits 2 and 3 represent the manufacturer of the vehicle. Some common manufacturer codes are:

Audi: AU, A1
BMW: BA, BS, BW, BY, US
Buick: G4
Dodge: B3
Chevrolet: G1
Chrysler: C3, C4, C6
Ferrari: FF
Fiat: FA
Ford: FA, FB, FC, FD, FM
Honda: 1H, JH
Hyundai: KM
Jaguar: AJ
Jeep: J4, J8
Lamborghini: HW
Land Rover: AL
Lotus: CC
Mazda: MZ, 4F
Mercedes: DB
Mitsubishi: MB, MY
Nissan: JN
Porsche: P0, P1
Toyota: JT
Volkswagen: VW
Volvo: V1, V2, V3, V4

Brand, Engine Size and Type

Digits 4 through 8 indicate the specifics of the vehicle configuration.

Check Digit

The ninth digit in the VIN represents a check digit used for VIN validation. This is particularly helpful for computer systems to verify that they have read the VIN number correctly.

Vehicle Year

The tenth position in a VIN indicates the vehicle year. Starting with A, representing 1980 and counting up from there.

Assembly Plant

At position eleven, a single digit is used by manufacturers to indicate which physical plant in which the vehicle was assembled.

Serial Number

The final six digits in a VIN are used to uniquely identify a particular vehicle.