VIN Decoding Using Characters

VIN Decoding Using Characters

Online services are available for VIN lookup. However, you can also do the lookup yourself if you know how to go about it. What you will need though is a lot of patience and determination to figure it out accurately. Here is a guide on some important characters that will help you on how to go about your car’s VIN decoder. images_qtbn_and9gcrppx4tss90unsxzwghn1kewcnt05uvmflxv0iox7v0cehu9ribpg

  • The first Character shows the Continent the car was manufactured in
    • A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H – These indicate that the vehicle was made in Africa
    • J,K,L,M,N,P and R – These mean that the car was manufactured in Asia
    • S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z – means the car was made in Europe
    • 1,2,3,4, and 5 – mean the place of manufacture is either North America, USA, Mexico or Canada
    • 6 and 7 – manufactured in Australia or New Zealand
    • 8 and 9 – place of manufacture is South America
  • The second and third characters show more of which company manufactured the car such as
    • Toyota
    • Nissan
    • Honda
    • Volkswagen
    • BMW
    • Ford
    • Mercedes, etc.
  • The tenth character shows the model year
    • A,B,C,D,E,F,G, and H is between 1980 and 1987 or between 2017 and 2017
    • J,K,L, M and N is for 1988 to 1992 or 2018 to 2022
    • P is for 1993 or 2023
    • R,S and T mean 1994 to 1996 or 2024 to 2026
    • V,W,X and Y are for years between 1997 and 200 or 2027 and 2030
    • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 are for years 2001 to 2009 or 2031 to 2039
    • I, O, Q, U, Z and 0 are never used as the tenth character in VIN numbers.
  • The Seventh Character will help you check whether your car is old or new
    • If the character is a number, then your car was manufactured earlier than 2010
    • If it is a letter, the model was manufactured between 2010 and 2039apggn


A VIN number comprises of 17 characters. However, some knowledge on some important characters will tell you where the car was manufactured, where and by which company.

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