The 17-digit VIN number associated with each and every Cadillac sold in America allows you do decode information about the vehicle before you buy it. When you perform a vehicle history search with VehicleHistory.com, our system will automatically decode the numbers for you and give you a complete history of the vehicle.
There are some people who like to decode the VIN number themselves. This can be very tricky, though, because of the sheer number of types of Cadillacs that have been manufactured over the years.
We would be happy to send you a free decoding guide if you give us your email address. In the meantime, you can do a bit of decoding on your own and find out if the VIN number you have been given seems to belong to a Cadillac.
Take a look at the third digit in the VIN. In most cases, it should be one of these three:
If not, you may have been given a false VIN number and should beware (although there are some exceptions to this rule).
Few people know it, but when General Motors started operating Cadillac back in 1909, the goal was to make luxury cars that could be used as hearses, funeral flower cars, ambulances and limousines.
That quickly changed, first by developing luxury personal cars in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and then during World War II the company made tanks for the US Army.
The most important milestone in the history of Cadillac came in the 1950s, when they introduced the El Dorado. Known as the American Dream Car, it would dominate the American luxury market for well over two decades.
Luxury was always the hallmark of any Cadillac, and over the years they would produce power steering, air conditioning, headlight dimmers, and other innovations that would eventually become standard features across the entire high-end car market. They were even one of the pioneers of modern airbag systems.
Not much has changed about Cadillac. The brand is still a synonym for wealth and comfort on the road, even as they have expanded into the truck and SUV marketplaces. People drive Cadillac with pride.
Buying a used Cadillac should be approached with caution. Many of them have problems – because people tend to hold onto them for as long as possible. If you are interested in one, you should use VehicleHistory.com to do a full VIN number search before you make an offer.