The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit combination of letters and numbers that is stamped on a metal tab riveted on the instrument panel, at the top upper left side of the dash. The VIN can also found on the Vehicle Certification (VC) label.
The first 3 vehicle identification number (VIN) positions are the world manufacturer identifier:
The fourth VIN position identifies the vehicle restraint system used:
VIN positions 5 through 7 indicate the vehicle line, series and body type:
The eighth VIN position is the engine type (displacement and number of cylinders):
The ninth VIN position is a government assigned, computer-generated check digit.
The tenth VIN position is the model year code:
The eleventh VIN position is the assembly plant code.:
VIN positions 12 through 17 are an alphanumeric code for the vehicle build sequence. This is also the vehicle serial and warranty number. These 6 characters are also found on the engine block and transmission.