A vehicle identification number (VIN) contains a lot of information about the automobile it is assigned to. The industry began standardizing VINs in 1981 so that the sequencing would become more uniform. While there are still variations among manufacturers, what has evolved is a 17-character code that is uniquely assigned to every automobile. Each character in the code has a different meaning and can be decoded with a few simple keys.
Find your VIN. Check your paperwork; most vehicle identification numbers are easily located either on your vehicle’s title/registration documents or on the vehicle itself. Look at your car’s dashboard near the window; on the inside door jams of either front seat doors; on the steering column; on the machine pad on the front of the engine; on the inner wheel arch on the left side; or on the firewall of the vehicle.