In summary, we can liken the VIN to a birth certificate as it is easy to use it to verify the authenticity, get information about the manufacturer of the vehicle, and all the basic information you need to know about the vehicle and it is unique to a specific vehicle. You can be able to find the VIN on different parts of the vehicle body. Some vehicles, it sticks on the dashboard while others you have to open the driver’s side door label to see it. If you learn how to use the VIN and how to use the VIN decoder, you will become more knowledgeable and be able to keep your vehicle secure and safe.
How to Decode the VIN
Your VIN is unique to your car and you cannot find any other vehicle with a VIN exactly like yours. A VIN is not just a group of 17 digits, but a sequence which represents your car’s DNA. Each code and number represents something significant to your car. There is no simple VIN as all of them look complex, but all in all, they represent the same sequence:
- The 1st to the 3rdslot represents the country where the vehicle was originally made, manufactured, and the manufacturers’ division
- The 4th to the 8thslot represents digits used by manufacturers for different purposes. Weight, trim specs, horsepower, engine size, platform, and model
- The 9th slot represents a check digit which is used in combination with other digits to make sure that the VIN is valid.
- The 10th slot represents the model year
- The 11th slot represents the plant where the vehicle was made
- 12th to the 17th slots serve a sequence number within the production line of a model
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