The VIN plate (1) is the legal identifier of the vehicle. The VIN plate is located on the upper left corner of the instrument panel (I/P) and can be seen through the windshield from the outside of the vehicle.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) System breakdown:
Position 1: Country of origin
Positions 2-3: Manufacturer.
Position 4: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Positions 5-6: Line, Carline and Series
Position 7: Body Style
Position 8:Engine Type
Position 9 : Check Digit
Position 10: Model Year
Position 11: Plant Location
Positions 12-17 Plant Sequence Numbers