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I'm attempting to write my own car vin number decoder script in python and have run into the following issue:

From the research I've been doing I believe that when decoding a Vin number, its fairly straight forward to get the the make of the car (BMW, Ford, etc.), however once you want to get the model, its a bit tougher.

From Wikipedia, I've read that each car manufacturer has its own system for encoding its models. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Identification_Number)

Is there a way to get a hold of the model codes that any given car manufacturer uses to encode the models of their cars? I haven't found anything from the research I've done so far. Do car manufacturers make this data public?

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You'll need a (web) service that provides that info, and they cost money.

Examples:

Similar question over on StackOverflow: Can anyone recommend a REST / SOAP Web Service for VIN Numbers?

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The reason that they're subscription based, and expensive, is that it's volatile data that isn't standardized across manufacturers so it's not simple or cheap for them to maintain. –  GalacticCowboy Mar 25 '13 at 15:19

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