InstaVin, a new text-message-based accident-history report search system, launched last week. It offers quick information for prospective buyers at a lower cost than CarFax or other competitors. The system is temporarily free, and Jalopnik tried it out.
If you know how to read it, your car's Vehicle Information Number will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your ride. What secrets do those 17 letters and numbers hold?