If you are looking to buy a RAM truck, you are going to want to use the VIN number to decode information about it before you make your purchase. The easiest way to go about decoding it is simply to enter the 17-digit sequence into the Research.com search bar and let us provide you with a complete vehicle history.
Of course, some people prefer to decode as much information as they can on their own. If so, we can send you a free guide to decoding the numbers and letters of a RAM VIN if you give us your email address.
What may matter most to you, however, is simply being able to scan the VIN and decode if you have in fact been given the VIN for a RAM truck. This is a bit harder than with most makes of cars, because RAM itself is a division of Dodge. This means that to start decoding you don't look at the second digit in the VIN; instead look at the 5th digit. For most RAM trucks, this will end up being one of these three:
That said, Dodge has used other letters over the years for RAM trucks, so if none of those three letters are there, your best bet is to provide us with the VIN and we will do all of the decoding for you.
RAM is one of the newest makes of vehicles to hit the American market. Up until 1981 Dodge produced their own line of trucks, under their own name. However, in that year, they decided to make a change for marketing reasons.
Since the 1930s Dodge had put hood ornaments featuring the image of a ram on many of their truck models. This soon became synonymous with sturdy pickup trucks that had a great deal of horsepower.
So when Dodge decided they wanted to start a new company focusing on pickup trucks and similar vehicles, they chose to call it RAM in order to make sure that consumers continued to make that association.
RAM trucks at first were just about as popular as traditional Dodge pickups. But then in 1988 RAM upgraded the fuel injection systems of the trucks, giving them much better gas mileage than similar vehicles on the market. This caused RAM to explode in popularity.
Over the years RAMs have won the “Truck of the Year” award five different times. But, they are no longer a part of the Dodge line. After the financial crisis of 2008, RAM was purchased by Chrysler and now sells many different types of trucks, some for the luxury market, some mid range and some practical working trucks.
Finding out as much as you can about a used truck before you buy it is very important. That's why we encourage you to enter the VIN in our search bar and find out if the RAM you are