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Locate and Decode Your Vehicle's VIN

You can locate and decode your vehicle's identification number (VIN) in a variety of places.

Where to Locate Your VIN

On Your Vehicle

  • On the dashboard, just below the windshield (driver's side)
  • On the driver's side doorpost (where the door latches)
  • On the driver's side door (below the latch mechanism)

On Documents

  • Insurance Declarations Page
  • Insurance ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Vehicle Title

How to Decode Your VIN

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a set of unique digits that relate to specific information about your vehicle (1981 or newer). Here's what each digit stands for:

1 B 3 C D 2 4 E 5 T G 6 7 8 9 8 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1

Country of Origin:

  • 1 or 4 (USA)
  • 2 (Canada)
  • 3 (Mexico)
  • J (Japan)
  • K (Korea)
  • S (England)
  • W (Germany)
  • Z (Italy)
2

Manufacturer:

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

Model Year:

  • J (1998)
  • K (1999)
  • L (1990
  • M (1991)
  • N (1992)
  • P (1993)
  • R (1994)
  • S (1995
  • T (1996)
  • V (1997)
  • W (1998)
  • X (1999)
  • Y (2000)
  • 1 (2001)
  • 2 (2002)
  • 3 (2003)
  • 4 (2004)
  • 5 (2005)
11 Assembly Plant
12-17 Unique Serial Number for Vehicle

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