You can locate your VIN – vehicle’s identification number – in many places related to your car. Where exactly? Try to look on your car below the windshield on driver’s side, check your vehicle registration or title documents.

How to decode your VIN?

A VIN is a set of 17 unique numbers and letters that carry specific information about your car (if made on 1981 or newer). Here’s what each one stands for:

Place in the VIN Meaning
1st Country of Origin:

1 or 4 (USA)

2 (Canada)

3 (Mexico)

J (Japan)

K (Korea)

S (England)

W (Germany)

Z (Italy)

2nd Manufacturer:

A (Audi)


4 (Buick)

6 (Cadillac)

1 (Chevrolet)

C (Chrysler)

B (Dodge)

F (Ford)

7 (GM Canada)

G (General Motors)

H (Honda)

A (Jaguar)

L (Lincoln)

D (Mercedes Benz)

M (Mercury)

N (Nissan)

3 (Oldsmobile)

2 or 5 (Pontiac)

P (Plymouth)

8 (Saturn)

T (Toyota)

V (Volvo)

3rd Vehicle Type:
(e.g., Convertible, Special Edition, etc.)
4-8th Vehicle Information:
(e.g., Engine size, cylinders, carburetion, fuel type, wheel drive, tonnage, etc.)
9th VIN Accuracy Check Digit
This digit is assigned using a formula. The formula provides a way to verify the accuracy of the VIN description.
10th Model Year:

8 (2008)

9 (2009)

A (2010)

B (2011)

C (2012)

D (2013)

E (2014)

F (2015)

G (2016)

H (2017)

J (2018)

K (2019)

11th Assembly Plant
12-17th Unique Serial Number for Vehicle


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