What is a VIN?
VIN - stands for Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is a unique code, including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, as defined in ISO 3779 (content and structure) and ISO 4030 (location and attachment).
VINs were first used in 1954 in the United States. From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.
According to ISO-3779 VIN devided into three sections: WMI VDS VIS
For example VIN number: WDB2032451F189774 is devided into 3 sections.
The first three characters uniquely identify the manufacturer of the vehicle using the World Manufacturer Identifier or WMI code.
The fourth to ninth positions in the VIN are the Vehicle Descriptor Section or VDS. This is used, according to local regulations, to identify the vehicle type, and may include information on the automobile platform used, the model, and the body style.
The 10th to 17th positions are used as the Vehicle Identifier Section or VIS. This is used by the manufacturer to identify the individual vehicle in question. This may include information on options installed or engine and transmission choices, but often is a simple sequential number.
How to find the VIN code?
Check VIN number at the front of the dashboard of the driver's side of the vehicle. It's easiest to see from outside the car, looking in through the windshield at the area where the hood ends and the windshield begins.
Or, Check for the VIN on the post of the driver's side door. You'll see this when you open the door and look around the area where the door latches to the car.
If you can't find the VIN on the car, it should be printed on your insurance cards and your vehicle's title.