mysql query giving too many results

I have a table automobiles with 7 results which contains vehicle info including the VIN
I have CBB table that contains the description of a vehicle I have joined the vin(the first 8 characters) in the automobiles table to the vin in the auto descritions table (cbb) because there are many cars made when comparing the first 8 characters of the vin im getting 30 records instead of 7, how do I make the query concentrate on the automobiles table rather then the cbb table... my present query is attached
SELECT a.automobileId, a.stockNumber, a.year, ap.photoName, c.data7, c.data8, c.data10, c.vin, t.transmissionType FROM automobiles AS a LEFT JOIN automobilePhotos AS ap ON a.automobileId=ap.autoId STRAIGHT_JOIN cbb AS c ON SUBSTRING(a.vin,1,8)=c.vin LEFT JOIN transmissions AS t ON a.transmissionId=t.transmissionId WHERE ap.isActive='true' AND ap.isDefault='true'

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DalHorinekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Also you should GROUP BY vin will give you only those records from automobiles (7) and assig to it a record from cbb (for each vin the first one found) ...

I don't know, what you want to display, if there are more records that matches vin code it cbb table.
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DalHorinekCommented:
Use left join instead of STRAIGHT_JOIN

SELECT a.automobileId, a.stockNumber, a.year, ap.photoName, c.data7, c.data8, c.data10, c.vin, t.transmissionType FROM automobiles AS a LEFT JOIN automobilePhotos AS ap ON a.automobileId=ap.autoId LEFT JOIN cbb AS c ON SUBSTRING(a.vin,1,8)=c.vin LEFT JOIN transmissions AS t ON a.transmissionId=t.transmissionId WHERE ap.isActive='true' AND ap.isDefault='true'
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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
I'm not a sql guru so your query seems to be too mutch complex: if you want you could try this

"SELECT automobiles.automobileId, automobiles.stockNumber, automobiles.year,
        automobilesPhptos.photoName,
        cbb.data7, cbb.data8, cbb.data10, cbb.vin, transmissions.transmissionType
        FROM automobiles, automobilesPhptos, transmissions
        WHEREautomobiles.automobileId=automobilesPhotos.autoId
        AND SUBSTRING(automobiles.vin,1,8)=cbb.vin
        AND automobiles.transmissionId=transmissions.transmissionId
        AND automobilesPhotos.isActive='true'
        AND automobilesPhotos.isDefault='true'":

Then you can try to add alias and join.

Hope this helps
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prowebinteractiveincAuthor Commented:
I already used LEFT JOIN the group by WORKED for now... I dont know if down the line when I add to my query if it will still work.. awarding points to DalHorinek
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