VIN Number

Terminology.

A VIN stands for a Vehicle Identification Number. It is a 17-character code that is unique to your vehicle. It’s a combination of numbers and letters that provides valuable info about your car including where your car was made, the model year, type of vehicle, and more. You can typically find the VIN on the driver’s side dashboard near the window or on the driver’s side door near the handle. Sometimes the VIN is etched underneath the spare tire or on the engine block, car frame, transmission, or bumpers. Additionally, you can also find your VIN on your insurance card, title, and registration card.

VIN characters 1-3 The first three characters of your VIN are the “World Manufacturer Identifier” and show:Where your car was manufactured The manufacturer and the vehicle type, based on a key

VIN characters 4-8 The next four characters in your VIN — characters 4 through 8 — are part of the “Vehicle Descriptor Section”. These characters will give you information about your car’s safety features, body style, engine type, and transmission. This is the type of info that is handy for mechanics, to ensure your car gets the proper service it needs.

VIN character 9 This character is referred to as the “check digit” and is used to detect invalid VINs based on a mathematical formula developed by the Department of Transportation. This character helps maintain and verify VIN accuracy.

VIN characters 10-17 The rest of the characters in your VIN are part of the “Vehicle Identifier Section”.The 10th character refers to the model year of your vehicleThe 11th character refers to the manufacturing plant that made the vehicle Characters 12 through 17 include the vehicle’s production number.

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