Before considering buying a used Lincoln many people want to decode the VIN number, which acts like the DNA of the vehicle. Decoding it will reveal a wealth of information about any Lincoln (assuming it was made after 1981, when the current system went into place).
One problem is that there have been so many options introduced into the Lincoln line over the years, doing a manual decoding can be tough. Most people are better off giving us the VIN number and letting our database system decode it for them.
That said, it can be a good idea to take the time to decode the VIN number enough on your own to make sure that you have actually been given one that corresponds to a Lincoln. This isn't hard. Look at the second digit in the VIN number, and make sure it is one of these letters:
If not, someone may have given you a false VIN Number.
Lincoln started out in 1917 by manufacturing aircraft engines for World War I. When the war ended, demand for their engines dropped and by 1922 they were bought out by the Ford Motor Company, which retooled their factories in order to start a luxury car division.
Lincoln almost immediately became a direct competitor to the GM-made Cadillac, a position it has held ever since. One of their first innovations was creating a four-wheel break system that was first used on police cars, and later made available to the general public.
After World War II, Ford merged their Lincoln and Mercury divisions to create a new company called Lincoln-Mercury. Over the years their two marquee products, the Continental and the Mark series, have endured in the American mind as symbols of quality.
In 2012 Lincoln underwent its most major recent change when Ford got rid of the Mercury division, and rebranded the company under the name The Lincoln Motor Company.
Lincoln has remained a force to be reckoned with in the American luxury car market, and has become very popular in China over the last few years.
If you are considering buying a pre-owned Lincoln, you should make sure it doesn't have any hidden problems. We can help you by performing a vehicle history search. Simply enter the VIN number into our search bar to get started.