VIN - Vehicle Identification Number
Save time, confusion, and hassle by using your VIN to identify your
vehicle and find the parts you need, error free!
Every car or truck has a serial number, or sort of fingerprint, called a Vehicle Identification
Number, or VIN.
Sometimes, the easiest method of looking up your vehicle is by your VIN number.
Your VIN can be found in a number of locations and is made up of 17 digits and
Where can you find your VIN?
- On your dash, by the windshield. Look through the corner of your
windshield from the outside, down at the dash and you will find a small plate
with your VIN.
- The inside door jam of the driver's door, or the door post on the
passenger side. With the door open, look to the side of the door. Your VIN can
be located on that white label.
- Documentation. Your vehicle's registration card and your maintenance
book will both have your vehicle identification number as well.
- Radiator Support Bracket. Open your hood and somewhere up front you
should find a panel or plate with your VIN number.
- On the Firewall, left hand inner wheel arch, steering column,
front of the engine, on the frame.
But what is a VIN? The vehicle identification number is a unique code that
identifies the very specific model of your total vehicle. By knowing your VIN,
you can bypass knowing the specific engine or chassis type of your vehicle. If your vehicle was made before 1981 then your VIN number
may look a little different because there was no standardization for vehicle
identification numbers before then. But since then, the standards across the
world have been the same.
Just to give you an idea of what your VIN number is
really does, here are a few tid-bits that help break it down.
The first 3 digits are the World Manufacturer Identifier.
While the chart that identifies all codes is rather extensive, if your was made
in the United States you VIN will begin with 1, 4 or 5. German vehicles will
begin with either an S or W. Japan, J. China L.
The next handful of digits are the Vehicle Descriptor
Section, which will break down the body type and drivetrain.
The 10th digit is commonly the Year identifier. Got a
2007 Ford? the 10th digit, you guessed it, would be a 7. 1994 = R.
The rest of the numbers are additional Vehicle
Identifiers that actually provides such information like what plant the vehicle
was assembled in, the vehicle's weight, or simply the sequential number.
For more detailed information on Vehicle Identification
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