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VIN is a unique code, a 17-digit number that is used by automotive services to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts, and insurance coverage for an individual vehicle. It is listed on a small tag, usually located on the driver’s side of the dashboard, visible when looking through the windshield from outside. The VIN number isn’t just a random string of numbers and letters. Each digit or group of digits refers to something about the vehicle’s manufacture or design.

Characters 1-3 identifies the car manufacturer.
Characters 4-8 outline the vehicle model, body style, engine type, and more.
Character 9 stamped by manufacturer to confirm accuracy of the VIN number.
Character 10 indicates the model year of the vehicle.
Character 11 reveals which plant assembled the car.
Characters 12-17 is the car’s serial number (for high-volume manufacturers).