What's a VIN Bar Code?
automobile built since 1981 should have a Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) in bar code format somewhere
on the vehicle. Most makes of automobiles have the VIN
bar code on the inside of the driver's door. General
Motor's cars have the VIN on the driver's side dashboard.
The GM dashboard bar codes are particularly hard to
read for most bar code readers because the bar code
must be read through the windshield of the car.
Data provides special support for reading the VIN's,
including through the windshield. Our readers also allow suppressing the "I" on imports' VINs.
Reader should I use?
Our LT5101 or LT5101H TriCoder with a built in laser, the LT5100 TriCoder with an enhanced built-in laser scanner that includes an aiming dot, or the LZ404-RF Wireless Laser Gun. They all have special support for reading the VIN. This
special support accomplishes two objectives:
- Reading of all VINs, including reading those through
- Support to allow entry of the VIN to any software
as keyed data after the bar code has been scanned
away from the computer (in the lot). The scanned bar
code is saved in the memory of the reader. The person
doing the scanning can then return to the computer
and transmit the VIN directly into whatever software
package is being used, being sure the correct screen
and cursor position is ready for the data transfer.
needs to read the VIN number?
shops, body shops, and car dealers can enjoy the speed
and accuracy of VIN bar code scanning. Most parts ordering
and lookup are all based on the VIN. Getting the VIN
copied onto paper and then keyed into the software
correctly is very difficult due to the ease of transposition
and misreading of a zero for the letter "O". By scanning
the bar code, the accuracy is assured the first time,
so parts lookup and completion of the new customer
data becomes faster and easier. Repeat customers are accurately and quickly identified. With the speed and accuracy of scanning bar code VINs, significant increases in
shop productivity can be realized.
would I use the TriCoder to scan VIN numbers?
out to the cars on the lot. Scan all the cars you
wish, one by one. Come back to the computer, attach
the TriCoder its USB cable, and the upload the VINs
one by one as though the data were keyed, all under
your control of time and location on the screen. This
allows you to input the first VIN to one work order,
finish the work order, and then input the second VIN
scanned into the next work order, etc.
The LT5101H TriCoder
(pictured on the right) complete with USB cable is
and the LT5100 TriCoder with a aiming dot laser is $999. For more information on the TriCoder Portable Readers click here
would I use the LZ404-RF to scan VIN numbers?
out to the cars on the lot. Scan a car's VIN. The result
can be immediately transmitted wirelessly from the lot to the
computer as keyed data (up to around 500 ft away);
or, the data can be saved in the scanner until the
operator gets back to the computer to be sure the correct
screen is up and the cursor is properly positioned
before transmitting the data, (one trigger pull scans
and saves the data, the second pull of the trigger
transmits the VIN to the computer screen).The LZ404-RF Laser complete
with B700 USB Base Station is $799.
here for more information on LZ404-RF Lasers
You could also use the LZ360-USB attached to a USB port on a Windows® or Macintosh® laptop computer for scanning directly into the software of your choice running on the laptop.
you have questions or need advice, feel free to call
us at 800-345-4220 or email
us with your questions or concerns.