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How to use Vehicle Identification Numbers (V.I.N) of the car?


Vehicle Identification Number V.I.N

You can tell a lot about the car by reading the Vehicle Identification Number. This number can usually be seen by looking trough the windshield where the dash meets the firewall and the bottom of the windshield, forward from the steering wheel. The number is mounted on a plate so that it can be easily viewed from the outside of the car. The number can also usually be found on a plate or sticker in one or more locations around the car, popular places being under the hood and on one of the door jambs visible when the door is open.

The vehicle identification number (V.I.N) consists of 17 characters. For example :

1FTEE1425VHC12586

The last 7 digits are the sequential production number.
Sometimes mid year production changes are identified by this part of the vehicle identification number.
If a mid year production change is identified by the month and year of manufacture, you will find this information on the plate attached under the hood or on the door jamb which also contains the vehicle identification number.

Position 1:

The country of manufacture of the vehicle is identified in this position, as follows:


If the 1st digit is:
  • 1, 4, 5 made in U.S.A
  • 2 made in Canada
  • 3 made in Mexico
  • 6 made in Australia
  • 9 made in Brasil
  • J made in Japan
  • K made in Korea
  • L made in China, Taiwan
  • M made in Thailand
  • S made in England
  • V made in France, Spain, Yugoslavia
  • W made in Germany
  • Y made in Sweden, Finland, Belgium
  • Z made in Italy
Position 10:

The year of the manufacture of the vehicle is identified in this position, as follows:

If the 10st digit is:
  • A made on 1980 / 2010
  • B made on 1981 / 2011
  • C made on 1982 / 2012
  • D made on 1983 / 2013
  • E made on 1984 / 2014
  • F made on 1985 / 2015
  • G made on 1986 / 2016
  • H made on 1987 / 2017
  • J made on 1988 / 2018
  • K made on 1989 / 2019
  • L made on 1990 / 2020
  • M made on 1991
  • N made on 1992
  • P made on 1993
  • R made on 1994
  • S made on 1995
  • T made on 1996
  • V made on 1997
  • W made on 1998
  • X made on 1999
  • Y made on 2000
  • 1 made on 2001
  • 2 made on 2002
  • 3 made on 2003
  • 4 made on 2004
  • 5 made on 2005
  • 6 made on 2006
  • 7 made on 2007
  • 8 made on 2008
  • 9 made on 2009



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