Locate and decode your vehicle’s VIN

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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:

Digit(s) Description
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:

  • 8 (2008)
  • 9 (2009)
  • A (2010)
  • B (2011)
  • C (2012)
  • D (2013)
  • E (2014)
  • F (2015)
  • G (2016)
  • H (2017)
  • J (2018)
  • K (2019)
11 Assembly Plant
12-17 Unique Serial Number for Vehicle

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