The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a metal plate that is fastened to the instrument panel adjacent to the windshield. It can be seen by looking through the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side.
The VIN is a 17 digit combination of numbers and letters. The first 3 digits represent the world manufacturer identifier. Using the example in the figure, the number and letter combination 2FA signifies Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. The 4th digit indicates the type of passenger restraint system; in the example the letter C stands for active belts and a driver's side air bag. The 5th digit is a constant, the letter P signifying passenger car. The 6th and 7th digits indicate the body style, in this case 74 for a Crown Victoria LX. The 8th digit is the engine code: F for the 5.0L engine, G for the 5.8L engine or in this case W for the 4.6L engine. The 9th digit is a check digit for all vehicles. The 10th digit indicates the model year. The 11th digit is the assembly plant code, the letter X represents St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. The 12th through 17th digits indicate the production sequence number.
The Vehicle Certification Label is attached to the driver's door or the door jam. The upper half of the label contains the name of the manufacturer, month and year of manufacture, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), and the certification statement. The lower half of the label contains the VIN and a series of codes indicating exterior color, body type, interior trim type and color, radio type, sun roof type (if any), as well as axle, transmission, spring, district and special order codes.
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