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Vehicle Information

We had a client that needed to breakdown a vehicle identification number (VIN) and wanted to avoid paying a monthly fee to decode the basic information. This unique code assigned to every motor vehicle when it's manufactured is a standardized format (since 1981). There requirement was for automobiles for 2000 and later so this routine works perfectly for them. The VIN is a 17-character string of letters and numbers without intervening spaces or the letters Q (q), I (i), and O (o); these are omitted to avoid confusion with the numerals 0 and 1. Each section of the VIN provides a specific piece of information about the vehicle, including the year, country, and factory of manufacture; the make and model; and the serial number. VINs are usually printed in a single line.

VIN Number Breakdown

  • Position 1: Country Built In
  • Position 2-3: Manufacturer (Flexible fuel vehicles can be identified by the 2nd, 3rd, and 8th digits of the VIN))
  • Position 4-8: Vehicle Information (Brand, Engine Size, and Type)
  • Position 9: Security code that identifies the VIN as being authorized by the manufacturer
  • Position 10: Model year of the car
  • Position 11: Indicates which plant assembled the vehicle in
  • Position 12-17: Serial number of the vehicle
  • Country (Position 1)
    Code Country
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H Africa
    J, K, L, M, N, P, and R Asia
    S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z Europe
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North America
    6 and 7 Oceania
    8 and 9 South America
  • WMI Manufacturer Information (Uses Positions 1-3)
    Code Continent Country Manufacturer
    AAVAfricaSouth AfricaVolkswagen
    AHTAfricaSouth AfricaToyota
    AFAAfricaSouth AfricaFord
    CL9AfricaTunisiaWallyscar
    JAAsiaJapanIsuzu
    JC1AsiaJapanFiat Automobiles/Mazda
    JFAsiaJapanFuji Heavy Industries
    JHLAsiaJapanHonda
    JHMAsiaJapanHonda
    JMBAsiaJapanMitsubishi
    JM6AsiaJapanMazda
    JNAsiaJapanNissan
    JSAsiaJapanSuzuki
    JTAsiaJapanToyota
    JYAsiaJapanYamaha
    KLAsiaSouth KoreaDaewoo/GM Korea
    KMHAsiaSouth KoreaHyundai
    KNAsiaSouth KoreaKia
    KPTAsiaSouth KoreaSsangYong
    L2CAsiaChinaChery Jaguar Land Rover
    L6TAsiaChinaGeely
    LB3AsiaChinaGeely
    LA6AsiaChinaKing Long
    LBEAsiaChinaBeijing Hyundai
    LBVAsiaChinaBMW Brilliance
    LC0AsiaChinaBYD Industry
    LDCAsiaChinaDongfeng Peugeot-Citroën
    LE4AsiaChinaBeijing Benz
    LFMAsiaChinaFAW Toyota
    LFPAsiaChinaFAW Car
    LFVAsiaChinaFAW-Volkswagen
    LGBAsiaChinaDongfeng Nissan
    LGJAsiaChinaDongfeng Fengshen
    LGWAsiaChinaGreat Wall (Havel)
    LGXAsiaChinaBYD Auto
    LH1AsiaChinaFAW Haima
    LHGAsiaChinaGuangzhou Honda
    LJ1AsiaChinaJAC
    LJDAsiaChinaDongfeng Yueda Kia
    LLVAsiaChinaLifan
    LMGAsiaChinaGAC Trumpchi
    LPAAsiaChinaChangan PSA (DS Automobiles)
    LS5AsiaChinaChangan Suzuki
    LSFAsiaA ChinaSAIC Maxus
    LSGAsiaChinaSAIC General Motors
    LSJAsiaChinaSAIC MG
    LSVAsiaChinaSAIC Volkswagen
    LTVAsiaChinaFAW Toyota (Tianjin)
    LVGAsiaChinaGAC Toyota
    LVHAsiaChinaDongfeng Honda
    LVRAsiaChinaChangan Mazda
    LVSAsiaChinaChangan Ford
    LVVAsiaChinaChery
    LWVAsiaChinaGAC Fiat
    LZWAsiaChinaSAIC GM Wuling
    LZYAsiaChinaYutong
    MM0AsiaThailandMazda
    MMBAsiaThailandMitsubishi
    MS0AsiaMyanmarKIA Myanmar
    NMTAsiaTurkeyToyota
    NM0AsiaTurkeyFord Otosan
    PL1AsiaMalaysiaProton
    SAJEuropeUnited KingdomJaguar Cars
    SALEuropeUnited KingdomLand Rover
    SAREuropeUnited KingdomRover
    SATEuropeUnited KingdomTriumph
    SB1EuropeUnited KingdomToyota
    SBMEuropeUnited KingdomMcLAREN Automotive Limited
    SCCEuropeUnited KingdomLotus Cars
    SCFEuropeUnited KingdomAston Martin Lagonda Limited
    SCEEuropeUnited KingdomDeLorean
    SFDEuropeUnited KingdomAlexander Dennis
    SFEEuropeUnited KingdomAlexander Dennis (North America)
    SHHEuropeUnited KingdomHonda
    SHSEuropeUnited KingdomHonda
    SJNEuropeUnited KingdomNissan
    TCCEuropeSwitzerlandMicro Compact Car AG (SMART 1998-1999)
    TMAEuropeCzech RepublicHyundai
    TMBEuropeCzech RepublicŠkoda
    TRUEuropeHungaryAudi
    TSMEuropeHungarySuzuki
    U5YEuropeSlovakiaKia
    UUEuropeRomaniaDacia
    VA0EuropeAustriaÖAF
    VF1EuropeFranceRenault
    VF2EuropeFranceRenault
    VF3EuropeFrancePeugeot
    VF4EuropeFranceTalbot
    VF5EuropeFranceIveco Unic SA
    VF6EuropeFranceRenault Trucks/Volvo
    VF7EuropeFranceCitroën
    VF8EuropeFranceMatra/Talbot/Simca
    VF9EuropeFranceBugatti
    VFEEuropeFranceIvecoBus
    VNKEuropeFranceToyota
    VR1EuropeFranceDS Automobiles
    VSSEuropeSpainSEAT
    VV9EuropeSpainTauro Sport Auto
    WAGEuropeGermanyNeoplan
    WAUEuropeGermanyAudi
    WAPEuropeGermanyAlpina
    WBAEuropeGermanyBMW
    WBSEuropeGermanyBMW M
    WBXEuropeGermanyBMW
    WDBEuropeGermanyMercedes-Benz
    WDCEuropeGermanyDaimlerChrysler AG/Daimler AG
    WDDEuropeGermanyDaimlerChrysler AG/Daimler AG
    WMXEuropeGermanyDaimlerChrysler AG/Daimler AG
    WEBEuropeGermanyEvoBus
    WF0EuropeGermanyFord of Europe
    WJMEuropeGermanyIveco
    WJREuropeGermanyIrmscher
    WKKEuropeGermanyKarl Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke
    WMAEuropeGermanyMAN
    WMEEuropeGermanySmart
    WMWEuropeGermanyMini
    WP0EuropeGermanyPorsche car
    WP1EuropeGermanyPorsche SUV
    WUAEuropeGermanyQuattro
    WVGEuropeGermanyVolkswagen
    WVWEuropeGermanyVolkswagen
    WV1EuropeGermanyVolkswagen Commercial Vehicles
    WV2EuropeGermanyVolkswagen Commercial Vehicles
    W09EuropeGermanyRuf Automobile
    W0LEuropeGermanyOpel/Vauxhall
    W0SEuropeV GermanyOpel Special Vehicles
    XLREuropeNetherlandsDAF Trucks
    YK1EuropeFinlandSaab
    YS2EuropeSwedenScania, Södertälje
    YS3EuropeSwedenSaab
    YS4EuropeSwedenScania, Katrineholm
    YTNEuropeSwedenSaab NEVS
    YV1EuropeSwedenVolvo Cars
    YV2EuropeSwedenVolvo Trucks
    YV3EuropeSwedenVolvo Buses
    ZA9EuropeItalyBugatti
    ZAMEuropeItalyMaserati
    ZAREuropeItalyAlfa Romeo
    ZCFEuropeItalyIveco
    ZFAEuropeItalyFiat Automobiles
    ZFFEuropeItalyFerrari
    ZGAEuropeItalyIvecoBus
    ZHWEuropeItalyLamborghini
    ZLAEuropeItalyLancia
    1BNorth AmericaUnited StatesDodge
    1CNorth AmericaUnited StatesChrysler
    1FNorth AmericaUnited StatesFord
    1GNorth AmericaUnited StatesGeneral Motors
    1G1North AmericaUnited StatesChevrolet
    1G3North AmericaUnited StatesOldsmobile
    1G9North AmericaUnited StatesGoogle
    1GCNorth AmericaUnited StatesChevrolet
    1GMNorth AmericaUnited StatesPontiac
    1HGNorth AmericaUnited StatesHonda
    1JNorth AmericaUnited StatesJeep
    1LNorth AmericaUnited StatesLincoln
    1MNorth AmericaUnited StatesMercury
    1NNorth AmericaUnited StatesNissan
    1VWNorth AmericaUnited StatesVolkswagen
    1YVNorth AmericaUnited StatesMazda
    2DGNorth AmericaCanadaOntario Drive & Gear
    2FNorth AmericaCanadaFord
    2GxNorth AmericaCanadaGeneral Motors
    2G1North AmericaCanadaChevrolet
    2G2North AmericaCanadaPontiac
    2G9North AmericaCanadaGnome Homes
    2HGNorth AmericaCanadaHonda
    2HHNorth AmericaCanadaAcura
    2HJNorth AmericaCanadaHonda
    2HKNorth AmericaCanadaHonda
    2HMNorth AmericaCanadaHyundai
    2L9North AmericaCanadaLes Contenants Durabac
    2MNorth AmericaCanadaMercury
    2TNorth AmericaCanadaToyota
    3FNorth AmericaMexicoFord
    3GNorth AmericaMexicoGeneral Motors
    3HGNorth AmericaMexicoHonda
    3HMNorth AmericaMexicoHonda
    3KPNorth AmericaMexicoKia
    3NNorth AmericaMexicoNissan
    3VWNorth AmericaMexicoVolkswagen
    4FNorth AmericaUnited StatesMazda
    4JNorth AmericaUnited StatesMercedes-Benz
    4MNorth AmericaUnited StatesMercury
    4S3North AmericaUnited StatesSubaru
    4S4North AmericaUnited StatesSubaru
    4S6North AmericaUnited StatesHonda
    4TNorth AmericaUnited StatesToyota
    4USNorth AmericaUnited StatesBMW
    5FNNorth AmericaUnited StatesHonda
    5J6North AmericaUnited StatesHonda
    5LNorth AmericaUnited StatesLincoln
    5N1North AmericaUnited StatesNissan
    5NMNorth AmericaUnited StatesHyundai
    5NPNorth AmericaUnited StatesHyundai
    5TNorth AmericaUnited StatesToyota
    5UNorth AmericaUnited StatesBMW
    5XNorth AmericaUnited StatesHyundai/Kia
    5YJNorth AmericaUnited StatesTesla
    55North AmericaUnited StatesMercedes-Benz
    6FOceaniaAustraliaFord
    6GOceaniaAustraliaGeneral Motors
    6G1OceaniaAustraliaChevrolet
    6G2OceaniaAustraliaPontiac
    6HOceaniaAustraliaHolden
    6MMOceaniaAustraliaMitsubishi
    6T1OceaniaAustraliaToyota
    7A1OceaniaNew ZealandMitsubishi
    7A3OceaniaNew ZealandHonda
    7A4OceaniaNew ZealandToyota
    7A5OceaniaNew ZealandFord
    7A8OceaniaNew ZealandNZ Transport Agency (pre-2009)
    7ATOceaniaNew ZealandNZ Transport Agency (post-2009)
    8APSouth AmericaArgentinaFiat
    8AFSouth AmericaArgentinaFord
    8AGSouth AmericaArgentinaGeneral Motors
    8AWSouth AmericaArgentinaVolkswagen
    8AJSouth AmericaArgentinaToyota
    8A1South AmericaArgentinaRenault
    8ACSouth AmericaArgentinaMercedes Benz
    8BCSouth AmericaArgentinaCitroën
    8ADSouth AmericaArgentinaPeugeot
    8C3South AmericaArgentinaHonda
    8ATSouth AmericaArgentinaIveco
    9BDSouth AmericaBrazilFiat Automóveis
    9BGSouth AmericaBrazilGeneral Motors
    9BWSouth AmericaBrazilVolkswagen
    9BFSouth AmericaBrazilFord
    93HSouth AmericaBrazilHonda
    9BRSouth AmericaBrazilToyota
    936South AmericaBrazilPeugeot
    935South AmericaBrazilCitroën
    93YSouth AmericaBrazilRenault
    93XSouth AmericaBrazilSouza Ramos - Mitsubishi / Suzuki
    9BHSouth AmericaBrazilHyundai Motor Company / Hyundai
    95PSouth AmericaBrazilCAOA / Hyundai
    94DSouth AmericaBrazilNissan
    98RSouth AmericaBrazilChery
    988South AmericaBrazilJeep
    98MSouth AmericaBrazilBMW
    9BMSouth AmericaBrazilMercedes Benz
    99ASouth AmericaBrazilAudi
    99JSouth AmericaBrazilJLR Jaguar Land Rover
    9C2South AmericaBrazilHonda Motorcycles
    9C6South AmericaBrazilYamaha
    9CDSouth AmericaBrazilSuzuki Motorcycles
    93WSouth AmericaBrazilFiat Professional
    93ZSouth AmericaBrazilIveco
    953South AmericaBrazilVW Trucks / MAN
    9BSSouth AmericaBrazilScania
    9BVSouth AmericaBrazilVolvo Trucks
    9UJSouth AmericaUruguayChery
    9UKSouth AmericaUruguayLifan
    9UWSouth AmericaUruguayKia
  • VIN Year (Position 10)
    • The 10th character in the 17-character VIN represents the vehicle model-year.
    • This standard applies to vehicles built in or after 1981.
    • Before 1981, the VIN format was not standardized and varied by manufacturer.
      • Note: VINs do not include the letters I (i), O (o), Q (q), U (u) or Z (z), or the number 0, so that they will not be confused with similar looking numbers/letters.
    • Starting in 2010 the codes start to repeat which adds a hurdle to truly calculating the year and is what we refer to as the Y2K problem of VIN codes.
    Code Year Code Year Code Year Code Year
    A 1980 L 1990 Y 2000 A 2010
    B 1981 M 1991 1 2001 B 2011
    C 1982 N 1992 2 2002 C 2012
    D 1983 P 1993 3 2003 D 2013
    E 1984 R 1994 4 2004 E 2014
    F 1985 S 1995 5 2005 F 2015
    G 1986 T 1996 6 2006 G 2016
    H 1987 V 1997 7 2007 H 2017
    J 1988 W 1998 8 2008 J 2018
    K 1989 X 1999 9 2009 K 2019

VIN Number Information

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