The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit combination of letters and numbers that is stamped on a metal plate riveted to the top upper-left of the dash board. The VIN is also located on the vehicle certification (VC) label.
The VIN is broken down into eight subsets of characters for vehicle identification.
World Manufacturer Identifier
The first three digits of the VIN indicate the world manufacturer.
The fourth VIN position is the restraint type.
Vehicle Line and Series Code
Positions 5 through 7 indicate vehicle line, series and body type.
The eighth VIN position is the engine displacement and number of cylinders code.
The ninth VIN position is a check digit code 0 through 9.
Model Year Code
The tenth VIN position is the model year code.
Assembly Plant Code
The eleventh VIN position is the assembly plant code.
Production Sequence Code
The last six VIN positions are the production sequence number. These six digits are also used as the vehicle serial and warranty number.