The VIN consists of 3 parts:
- The first three characters identify the manufacturer of the car (WMI). It is assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
=> The first of 3 identifies the country of manufacture (1 = US 2 = Canada, 3 = Mexico, 9 = Brazil, J = Japan, K = Korea, S = England, W = Germany, Y = Sweden, Z = Italy, etc)
=> The second identifies the manufacturer (Audi = A, B = BMW, Buick = 4 = 6 Cadillac, Chrysler = C = B Dodge, Ford = F, etc)
=> The third identifies the division of the company that manufactured or type of car.
1G1 = Passenger Cars Chevrolet
1G2 = Cars Pontiac passenger cars
Chevrolet trucks 1GC =
- The next 6 characters identify the model (VDS). It is a sequence chosen by the manufacturer. It may include information on the platform, model, type of chassis, engine type, etc. Many use the character 8 for identifying the type of engine. The ninth character is used (almost always, especially in the US) as a check digit.
- Characters from 10 to 17 are known as the Vehicle Identification Section (VIS).
=> The character 10 is used to specify the model year (X = 1999, Y = 2000, 1 = 2001, 2 = 2002 3 = 2003 ... then the cycle repeats).
=> The 11th character is typically used to identify the plant which was manufactured (defined by the manufacturer) .
=> The remaining characters are usually a numerical sequence, which identify such cars that were produced in the corresponding plant sequentially.
Where can I find the VIN of the car:
The VIN is usually in at least two visible parts of the car:
1) On the corner where the board is attached to the windshield, driver's side.
2) In the driver's door.
Additionally, depending on where it was purchased, you can find the VIN on:
1) The document or auto insurance card.
2) The official registration document of the vehicle.