The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a metal plate that is fastened to the left upper instrument panel and is visible through the windshield. The vehicle identification number contains 17 characters that represent codes supplying important information about your vehicle. The number is used for title and registration purposes and indicates the vehicle manufacturer, country of origin, type of restraint system, assembly line, series, body type, engine, model year, and consecutive unit number. It is important for servicing and ordering parts to be certain of the vehicle and engine identification.
A nine-character derivative of the vehicle identification number is applied to the engine and transaxle. This derivative is used for in-plant control of these assemblies and may be used by law enforcement or other officials to identify proper engine/chassis combinations. This number in a condensed form should contain the same numbers and letters as the vehicle identification number.
The eighth digit of the VIN plate will specify the engine in the vehicle. All engines have a nine-digit engine identification number.