An Auto VIN decoder breaks down the unique alphanumeric sequence called a vehicle's identification number, which is a car's fingerprint. Each car on the road has its own VIN of 17 characters and this is the identification number used to generate a vehicle history report, also known as a VIN check.
The VIN control loses millions of DMV records and reveals all available history for a particular vehicle, including any hidden issues, metric measurement, ownership transfers, and more. It is an absolute must for used car buyers, as it tells you everything you need to know about the vehicle.
The Auto VIN decoder can help you understand what these letters and numbers mean, which is the first step towards a vehicle you're considering is right for you.
Let's break down the vehicle identification number, start with the first sign. (Note the letter "I" as in the indigo, the letter "O" as in orange and the letter "Q" which in queen is NOT in any VIN numbers.)
(We will use the following VIN as an example: 2FTRX18W1XCA01212)
The first character represents the country of manufacture, and may be a letter or a speech that each means a different country. The most common are:
(1 = USA, 2 = Canada, 3 = Mexico, J = Japan, K = Korea, W = Germany, Y = Finland, Sweden)
So with the Auto VIN decoder in the above example, this particular car was made in Canada.
The second / third character represents the manufacturer, also known as the manufacturer. The most common are:
(A = Alfa Romeo, B = Dodge, C = Chrysler, D = Daihatsu, E = Eagle, F = Ford / Eagle, G = All General Motors vehicles (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn)
H = Honda / Acura, J = Jeep, L = Lincoln, M = Mitsubishi, N = Nissan / Infiniti, P = Plymouth, S = Subaru, T = Toyota / Lexus, V = Volkswagen)
So with the Auto VIN decoder in the above example, this car is a Ford or an Eagle. Because Eagle is no longer manufactured, it's probably a Ford.
Other popular brands use an initial 3-character sequence:
(TRU / WAU = Audi, 4US / WBA / WBS = BMW, 2HM / KMH = Hyundai, SAJ = Jaguar, SAL = Land Rover, 1YV / JM1 = Mazda, WDB = Mercedes-Benz, VF3 = Peugeot, WP0 = Porsche, VF3 = Peugeot, WP0 = Porsche, YK1 / YS3 = Saab, YV1 = Volvo)
The fourth sign is the type of restraint system.
In the above example, "R" represents hydraulic grids using the VIN decoder.
The fifth, sixth and seventh characters are the vehicle line, the series, and the body style. This will obviously be different over brands and models.
In the above example, characters 5, 6 and 7 are X18: X18 is a Ford F150 Pickup 4WD Super Cab
The eighth character is the engine type.
With the Auto VIN decoder, W represents a 4.6-liter V-8 engine.
The tenth character represents the year of the car. Pay attention to this:
B = 1981 F = 1985 K = 1989 P = 1993 V = 1997 1 = 2001
C = 1982 G = 1986 L = 1990 R = 1994 W = 1998 2 = 2002
D = 1983 H = 1987 M = 1991 S = 1995 X = 1999 3 = 2003
E = 1984 J = 1988 N = 1992 T = 1996 Y = 2000 4 = 2004
For the latest model year used, 5 = 2005
In the above example, "X" indicates that this car was made in 1999.
The eleventh letter indicates the installation facility.
In the above example, C states Ontario, Canada
Characters 12-17 represent the vehicle's unique fingerprint. It is these six figures that make each individual vehicle in the world different.
The Auto VIN decoder last time represents the vehicle identification number: 2FTRX18W1XCA01212 a 1999 Ford F150 Pickup 4WD Super Cab manufactured in Ontario, Canada with hydraulic brakes and a 4.6-liter V-8 engine.
So there you have it, the Auto VIN decoder. If you are in the market for a used vehicle, use this decoder to make sure it is the exact model that the seller claims it is. Once you have verified the vehicle identification number, you can proceed with your VIN check and learn everything you need to know about the specific car.