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What is a VIN?
The VIN is the "Vehicle Identification Number" for your automobile or truck. This number breaks down your vehicle to illustrate such things as engine size, body style, model year, transmission type, color, etc. For vehicles newer than 1980, this is a 17 digit alphanumeric number.

Where to Find VIN Numbers?
The most common place to find your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is on a small metal plate attached to the driver side top of the dashboard. The tag is designed to be visible through the windshield for easy access. Every car is required to have one of these and all of them are located in this one place. It is illegal to remove or change this plate. If the tag is missing, chances are the vehicle has been repaired, or was most likely, stolen.

Other places where you might find your vehicles' VIN number:

  • Vehicle Identification Label in your Owner's Manual
  • Stamped on the frame under the front hood
  • On a sticker on the driver's side door pillar
  • On state vehicle registration certificate
  • On the vehicle title of ownership
  • New cars have the VIN on the price sticker
  • A label in the luggage/spare tire area

Why is this VIN so important?
The VIN gives a detailed breakdown of your vehicle so any guesswork on the application of the vehicle to find the correct parts, repair information, service procedures, etc.

Are all the letters and numbers necessary when entering my VIN?
Yes, the VIN sequence as well as properly entering each number and letter is critical. Each alphanumeric entry represents a particular feature of your vehicle so please take your time while entering the VIN and double-check it.

Example 5-N-1-N-G-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001
2 Canada
3 Mexico
J Japan
K Korea
S England
W Germany
Y Sweden/Finland
A Audi, Jaguar or Misubishi
B BMW or Dodge
C Chrysler
D Mercedes-Benz
F Ford or Subaru
G General Motors, Pontiac or Saturn
H Honda or Acura
J Jeep
N Nissan
R Audi
T Toyota or Lexus
V Volkswagen or Volvo
1 Chevrolet
4 Buick
6 Cadillac
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Vehicle's Type or Manufacturing Division.
3 Convertible
6 Van
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001 Engine Type
Nissan Example
5-N-1-N-Z-1-C-8-S-T-000001 Model Line
Nissan Example
Z 300Z, 350Z, Murano
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Model Change (0-9)
0 No Change
Nissan Example
6 Frontier King Cab
7 Frontier Crew Cab
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Body Type
1 4-Door Sedan, Standard Body Truck
4 2-Door Coupe
5 4-Door Wagon
A Air Bag System
C Air Bag System
D Driver & Front Passenger Air Bag + 3 Point Seat Belt
E Driver and front passenger SRS air bags, SRS side air bags, SRS curtain air bag & 3 point manual seat belt
P Passive Restraint System
S 2 Wheel Drive (2WD) - Rear ABS
T 2 Wheel Drive (2WD) - 4-Wheel ABS
Y 4 Wheel Drive (4WD) - 4-Wheel ABS
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Check Digit
5-N-1-N-Z-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Model Year
W 1989
L 1990
M 1991
N 1192
P 1993
R 1994
S 1995
T 1996
V 1997
W 1998
X 1999
Y 2000
1 2001
2 2002
3 2003
4 2004
5 2005
6 2006
7 2007
8 2008
9 2009
A 2010
B 2011
C 2012
D 2013
E 2014
5N1-N-G-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Plant Code
Nissan Example
C Smyrna, Tennessee, USA
L Aguas Calientes, Mexico
T Tochigi, Japan
T Oppama, Japan
5N1-N-G-0-1-C-8-S-T-000001Serial Number

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Browse All Codes For Specific Model YearBeta
Ford F150 1998 Ford F150
1999 Ford F150
2000 Ford F150
2001 Ford F150
2002 Ford F150
2003 Ford F150
Ford Fusion 2006 Ford Fusion
2007 Ford Fusion
2008 Ford Fusion
2009 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion
2011 Ford Fusion
2012 Ford Fusion
Honda Accord 2008 Honda Accord
2009 Honda Accord
2010 Honda Accord
Honda Civic 1996 Honda Civic
1997 Honda Civic
1998 Honda Civic
1999 Honda Civic
2000 Honda Civic
Infiniti G35 2003 Infiniti G35
2004 Infiniti G35
2005 Infiniti G35
2006 Infiniti G35
Nissan Altima 2002 Nissan Altima
2003 Nissan Altima
2004 Nissan Altima
2005 Nissan Altima
2006 Nissan Altima
2008 Nissan Altima
2009 Nissan Altima
2010 Nissan Altima
2011 Nissan Altima
2012 Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima 2005 Nissan Maxima
2006 Nissan Maxima
2007 Nissan Maxima
2008 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Pathfinder 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
2006 Nissan Pathfinder
2007 Nissan Pathfinder
2008 Nissan Pathfinder
2009 Nissan Pathfinder
2010 Nissan Pathfinder
2011 Nissan Pathfinder
2012 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Rogue 2008 Nissan Rogue
2009 Nissan Rogue
2010 Nissan Rogue
2011 Nissan Rogue
2012 Nissan Rogue
2013 Nissan Rogue
Nissan Sentra 2002 Nissan Sentra
2003 Nissan Sentra
2004 Nissan Sentra
2005 Nissan Sentra
2006 Nissan Sentra
2007 Nissan Sentra
2008 Nissan Sentra
2009 Nissan Sentra
2010 Nissan Sentra
2011 Nissan Sentra
2012 Nissan Sentra
Toyota Camry 1997 Toyota Camry
1998 Toyota Camry
1999 Toyota Camry
2000 Toyota Camry
2001 Toyota Camry
2006 Toyota Camry
2007 Toyota Camry
2008 Toyota Camry
2009 Toyota Camry
2010 Toyota Camry
2011 Toyota Camry
Toyota Corolla 2005 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Echo 2000 Toyota Echo
2001 Toyota Echo
2002 Toyota Echo
Toyota Highlander 2001 Toyota Highlander
2002 Toyota Highlander
2003 Toyota Highlander
2004 Toyota Highlander
2005 Toyota Highlander
2006 Toyota Highlander
2007 Toyota Highlander
Toyota Prius 2004 Toyota Prius
2005 Toyota Prius
2006 Toyota Prius
2007 Toyota Prius
2008 Toyota Prius
2009 Toyota Prius
Scion xB 2005 Scion xB
2006 Scion xB
2007 Scion xB
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