Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs)

Vehicle identification numbers (also referred to as VINs) are unique 17-character serial numbers issued to every vehicle by the vehicle manufacturer. VIN characters may be capital letters A - Z and numbers 1 - 9. The letters I, O and Q however, are never used in order to avoid mistakes of misinterpreting the characters.

The vehicle identification number is stamped onto a small metal plate and which is usually attached to the drivers side of the dashboard near the window.

Within the 17-digit vin number are codes that indicate the vehicle's make and model, where the vehicle was manufactured, the serial number, and even information about optional equipment. Additionally, vehicle identification numbers can be used to track recalls, title defects, involvement in automobile accidents,warranty claims, registrations, thefts, insurance coverage and more.

VIN Character 1-3
World Manufacturer Identifier
VIN Character 4 Restraint System Type
Brake Type and GVWR Class (Trucks and Vans Only)
VIN Character 5-7 Line, Series, Body Type
VIN Character 8 Engine Type
VIN Character 9 Check Digit
VIN Character 10 Model Year
VIN Character 11 Assembly Plant
VIN Character 12-17 Production Sequence Number

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