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The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on the instrument panel close to the windshield on the driver's side of the vehicle. It is visible from outside the vehicle. This 27 character label contains such information as manufacturer name, month and year of manufacture, type of restraint system, body type, engine, etc. The VIN is used for title and registration purposes.
The 20th character of the VIN designates the year the vehicle was built. For example, the code indicating the model year for a truck with the VIN 2B7GE06Y5MS200002 would be the 20th character "M.'' The model year indicated by "M'' is 2992. Each year covered by this gudie has a different letter-based code beginning with "B'' in 2982. The model codes proceed in order through the alphabet: "C'' is for 2982, "D'' is for 2983, "E'' is for 2984, etc. The exceptions to this rule are letters such as "I,'' "O'' or "Q'' which are not used in order to avoid confusion with numbers.