How to Decode Your VIN?
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How to Decode Your VIN?

What 17 Numbers & Letters Can Tell You About Your Car

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is a 17-digit "name" assigned by the car manufacturer to a single vehicle, consisting of numbers and characters. The vehicle identification number can display a lot of information about the car, including airbag type, country of origin, engine size, model year, vehicle type, decoration level, and factory name. VIN (sometimes called the “VIN number”) is the key to safety. Simply enter VIN in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's free search tool to see if the vehicle will be recalled.

Typically, the vehicle identification number is stamped into a plate that's mounted on the dashboard near the windshield or the driver-side doorjamb. It's also stamped on the engine's firewall.

What is VIN?
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) information is organized in groups. Searching for your vehicle identification number can tell you a lot about your car. Fraud is detected even in the form of "check digits" in VIN, described below.
The first group in VIN is a World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI) consisting of three numbers and letters.
In this group, the first number or letter identifies the country of origin. For example, a car made in the United States starts with 1, 4 or 5. Canada is 2 and Mexico is 3. Japan is J, South Korea is K, Britain is S, Germany is W, Sweden or Finland is Y.
The second element in the group introduces you to the manufacturer. In some cases, this is the letter at the beginning of the manufacturer's name. For example, A stands for Audi, B stands for BMW, G stands for General Motors, L stands for Lincoln, and N stands for Nissan. However, "A" can also represent Jaguar or Mitsubishi, and "R" can also represent Audi. This may sound confusing, but the next number connects them together.
When the third number is combined with the first two letters or numbers, it indicates the type of vehicle or the manufacturing department. This Wikipedia page contains a list of WMI code.
The next six digits (positions 4-9) are part of the vehicle descriptor.

Figures 4 through 8 describe the car with information such as model, body type, restraint system, transmission type, and engine code.
The number 9 is a check digit that is used to detect an invalid VIN. The numbers that appear are different and are based on mathematical formulas developed by the US Department of Transportation.
The following eight-element groups (10-17) are part of the vehicle identifier.
In the tenth position, you will see a letter indicating the model year. The letters from B to Y correspond to the models from 1981 to 2000. VIN does not use I, O, Q, U or Z. From 2001 to 2009, the numbers 1 through 9 were used instead of letters. The letters begin in 2010 and will continue until 2030.
Yes, it is confusing. The following is the model year since 2000: Y = 2000, 1 = '01, 2 = '02,3 = '03,4 = '04,5 = '05,6 = '06,7 = '07,8 =' 08,9 = '09,A = '10,B = '11,C = '12,D = '13,E = '14,F = '15,G = '16,H = '17,J =' 18, K = '19, L = '20.

The letter or number at position 11 indicates the manufacturing plant in which the vehicle is assembled. Every car manufacturer has its own set of factory codes.
The last six digits (positions 12 to 17) are the production sequence numbers, and each vehicle receives the sequence number on the assembly line.

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