When universal VIN numbers were introduced to all vehicles sold in America in 1981, the idea was to make it possible to decode information about a given car, truck, van or motorcycle by using the data. Initially this decoding process was fairly simple. But because of the sheer number of makes, models and engine types introduced over the years, it has now become nearly impossible for the average person to do a full decoding of any vehicle, including a Mercedes-Benz, on their own.
This is why we suggest that if you really want to decode information about a used Mercedes-Benz, type the 17-digit VIN into our search system and let us provide you with a full vehicle history report.
If you insist on doing some of the decoding on your own you can also provide us with your email address, and we will send you a 300+ page report with basic decoding information. However, if you just want to see if a VIN you have been given is mostly likely one for a Mercedes-Benz, look at the first three digits and see if one of these pops up:
This is far from a universal code, so if those sequences don't show up, please do a vehicle history check for a full VIN decoding.
Mercedes has one of the more unique origin stories in the automobile business. The company started in 1886 with a rather unique vision of what would be the ideal horseless carriage. While other companies were creating vehicles with four wheels, they decided large motorized tricycles that literally looked like horse-drawn carriages were the way to go.
Of course, this didn't last, and the German company was soon making traditional four-wheeled vehicles. As early as the 1930s, Mercedes gained a reputation as being one of the brands preferred by wealthy individuals. This was because while other companies were trying to make inexpensive workhorse cars for the masses, Mercedes from the get-go wanted to make highly stylish vehicles that looked like pieces of art.
This is a formula that has never changed. Mercedes today is a symbol of high-quality German engineering and design. It has constantly been a leader in new automotive technology and quality.
Because of high quality standards, a used Mercedes-Benz can be a good investment. If you want to find the history of a given Mercedes, you can enter the VIN number in our search bar