vin decoding

I need to find a resource that can decode the first 8 digits of a several makes of cars. I usually won't have the remaining 9 digits so typical online
decoders won't work. Can anyone here steer me to a resource that can help me determine the car line, body style and engine (digits 4-8) of different car makes and models?
Thanks.
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Messenger wrote:

    For around $20 the Dealership edition of the N.A.D.A. Used Car Value Guide Book. They break down VIN's in a chart that tells you the country of origin, then the maker. Then you go and flip thru and each model name has it's vin codes, Engine Vin Codes, vehicals GRVW's, ect. Charles
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Charles Bendig wrote:

Thank you for replying.
I've visited the n.a.d.a. web site. I didn't want to commit to a subscription so I bought a used (95-2002) one but don't have it on hand yet. Does the NADA publish different books for dealers and the public? I ask because I will certainly try to get the dealer version if there's a difference....
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Messenger wrote:

    Yes they do. I buy my dealer editions from vendors at Dealer ONLY auction. Dealer Editions list Loan/Wholesale value, Retail & Trade in Value.
Charles
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I agree. There are tons of publications out there that have that information. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Bigjfig wrote:

    The NADA Dealer Edition is one of the few small enough to keep in you back pocket, or glove box. Which is why I recommened it. Charles
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True. And they usually have various editions for vintage cars, classics and imports, etc. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Charles Bendig wrote:

I found one from 95 - 2002, it works for my purpose. The "model number" column, which is just 3 digits, gives me the information I need. The little booklet is thin so I suppose I have a dealer edition; although that designation isn't readily apparent on the cover.
Thanks for your help and advice.
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