How To Read A Car’s VIN

Make/Model: (Digits 1-3) This breaks out the vehicle’s make, model, and manufacturer.

Vehicle Features: (Digits 4-8) These digits identify the various features of the specific model — trim specifications, driveline options, etc.

Verifying #: (Digit 9) Determined through a complex mathematical formula that relates to the other numbers in the VIN; used to verify that the VIN itself is not fake.

Model Year: (Digit 10) Represents the vehicle’s model year, which is not to be confused with the year it was sold or delivered.

Assembly Plant: (Digit 11) An internal digit that shows where the car was built.

Sequence Of Model Production: (Digit 12-17) These digits indicate the order in which the vehicle left the assembly line. This is effectively the serial number.


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