VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION PLATE
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a plate located on the top left hand side of the instrument panel, so it can be seen by looking through the windshield. It is also found on various other anti-theft labels found throughout the vehicle. The VIN is a thirteen digit (1979-80) or seventeen digit (1981-89) sequence of numbers and letters which can be important for ordering parts and for servicing. The VIN plate is part of the Federal Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard and cannot be removed or altered in anyway.
For 1979 and 1980 vehicles, the model year is represented as the 6th digit of the VIN code. The digit will either be 9 for 1979 or A for 1980. Under the seventeen digit VIN code, which began in 1981, the model year is found as the 10th digit in the code. The year 1981 is B, 1982 is C and so on, except letters which may be confused with numbers (I, O or Q, are skipped). Because of this, 1987 is represented by H while 1988 is J and 1989 is K.
BODY IDENTIFICATION PLATE
Most vehicles covered by this guide should be equipped with a body identification plate that is mounted to the upper horizontal surface of the cowl. This plate contains information regarding the model year, car division, body type, trim combination and paint code. It may be used to help determine the original paint and trim options with which the vehicle was equipped and it therefore helpful when repairing or restoring a car.
SERVICE PARTS IDENTIFICATION LABEL
The service parts identification label has been developed and placed on the vehicle to aid in identifying parts and options which were originally installed on the vehicle. This is extremely helpful when purchasing a used vehicle, or restoring a used vehicle to its original state. The label is located on the underside of the luggage compartment lid on sedans or on the inner right rear quarter panel of wagons.
VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL
The vehicle certification label can be found on most late model vehicles covered by this guide. It is attached to the left door jamb, below the latch striker. The upper half of the label contains the date of manufacture and vehicle weight information. The middle contains a statement that the vehicle conforms to U.S. federal standards in effect at the time of production. The VIN is listed at the bottom of the label
The certification label is part of the Federal Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard and like the VIN label, cannot be removed or altered in any way. The label must be masked prior to painting the surrounding surface.