This article will detail how to fix the “VDP invalid, expired, or not showing the details of the car for sale: VDP does not contain the VIN” error message.
The “VDP invalid, expired, or not showing the details of the car for sale: VDP does not contain the VIN” error can be a complicated error to diagnose, as it can be a multitude of reasons as to why this is appearing. It is also misleading, because of the "VDP does not contain VIN" area. The general meaning of this error is that the VDP page for a vehicle being submitted to Google is not valid and that Google cannot verify the vehicle exist. Google crawls all of the VDP pages for each vehicle, so if the VDP URL being submitted no longer exists on the website, Google will mark the vehicle as excluded and error it out. The reasons this occurs are the following:
- The VDP URLs being submitted are incorrect/redirects to another website (FTP)
- FTP files are not being submitted and updated daily
- The vehicle has been sold but remains on the website marked as "sold"
- The vehicle has been sold and removed from the website, but the vehicle continues to be submitted to Google.
If you are receiving this error and it persists, it may require a support ticket. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance.