VIN number check, VIN number explained
VIN Number Check
OK, you know where to find Vehicle Information
Number (VIN number),
and you learned how and where to use it to check used car history before
you buy. Here is short reference in case you wandered what letters
and numbers in VIN stand for.
VIN number represents cars own fingerprint. It is
used to precisely identify specific car. Running VIN
you'll learn the complete history of a car. It gives us the way to
trace what has happened with vehicle since the day it went under the
hammer to the day it ends in junkyard.
How to read VIN number?
VIN number consists of 17 characters separated in four sections.
The first three characters shall uniquely identify
the manufacturer, make and type of vehicle :
- First number
Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured:
USA (1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Germany (W), Japan (J), Italy (Z),
Korea (K), England (S)...
- Second character specifies the manufacturer:
BMW (B), Buick (4), Cadillac (6), Chevrolet (1), Chrysler (C), Dodge (B),
Ford (F), GM Canada (7), General Motors (G), Honda (H), Jaguar (A), Lincoln (L),
Mercedes Benz (D), Mercury (M), Nissan (N), Oldsmobile (3), Pontiac (2or5),
Plymouth (P), Toyota (T), VW (V), Volvo(V)...
- Third VIN character indicates
the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
- Fourth through eighth vehicle identification number
digit reveals the vehicle features such as body style, engine type,
- The digit is a
VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous VIN numbers.
- Tenth VIN character tells the
model year. 1988 (J), 1989 (K), 1990 (L), 1991 (M), 1992 (N), 1993
(P), 1994 (R), 1995 (S), 1996 (T), 199 7(V), 1998 (W), 1999 (X),
2000 (Y)------2001(1), 2002 (2), 2003 (3), 2004 (4), 2005 (5).
- Eleventh digit reveals
the assembly plant for the vehicle.
- through 17. VIN number digits
indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled of the manufacturers
assembly line. This
five digit serial number starts at 000001 at the beginning of
every model year.
Now that You understand what all those letters and numbers stand
for, You can easily decipher any VIN number, and buying used car
will be as easy as any shopping.
Maybe it could be a bit easier to run a VIN number
check online and
get an instant report on
used car history from nationwide databases: accident
damage, damage from hail, flood or
fire, mileage discrepancies or odometer
rollback, lemon vehicles, and