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According to wikipedia.org, a Vehicle Identification Number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique serial number used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles. VINs were first used in 1954. From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.
In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States standardized the format. It required all over-the-road-vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters I (i), O (o), or Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).
There are vehicle history services in several countries that can help potential car owners use VINs to find lemons and branded vehicles. See the used cararticle for a list of countries where this service is available.
Components of the VIN
Modern-day Vehicle Identification Number systems are based on two related standards, originally issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1979 and 1980; ISO 3779 and ISO 3780, respectively. Compatible but somewhat different implementations of these ISO standards have been adopted by the European Union and the United States of America.
The VIN is composed of the following sections:
|ISO 3779||World Manufacturer Identifier||VDS||VIS|
& North America
more than 500 vehicles/year
|World Manufacturer Identifier||Vehicle Attributes||Check Digit||Model Year||Plant Code||Sequential Number|
& North America
fewer than 500 vehicles/year
|World Manufacturer Identifier||Vehicle Attributes||Check Digit||Model Year||Plant Code||Manufacturer Identifier||Sequential Number
Vehicle Identifier Section
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. In North America, the last five digits must be numeric.
Model year encoding
One consistent element of the VIS is the 10th digit, which is required worldwide to encode the model year of the vehicle. Besides the three letters that are not allowed in the VIN itself (I, O and Q), the letters U and Z and the digit 0 are not used for the model year code. Note that the year code is the model year for the vehicle.
The year 1980 was encoded by some manufacturers, especially General Motors and Chrysler, as "A" (since the 17-digit VIN wasn't mandatory until 1981, and the "A" or zero was in the manufacturer's pre-1981 placement in the VIN), yet Ford and AMC still used a zero for 1980. Subsequent years increment through the allowed letters, so that "Y" represents the year 2000. 2001 to 2009 are encoded as the digits 1 to 9, and subsequent years are encoded as "A", "B", "C", etc.
|A =||1980||L =||1990||Y =||2000||A =||2010||L =||2020||Y =||2030|
|B =||1981||M =||1991||1 =||2001||B =||2011||M =||2021||1 =||2031|
|C =||1982||N =||1992||2 =||2002||C =||2012||N =||2022||2 =||2032|
|D =||1983||P =||1993||3 =||2003||D =||2013||P =||2023||3 =||2033|
|E =||1984||R =||1994||4 =||2004||E =||2014||R =||2024||4 =||2034|
|F =||1985||S =||1995||5 =||2005||F =||2015||S =||2025||5 =||2035|
|G =||1986||T =||1996||6 =||2006||G =||2016||T =||2026||6 =||2036|
|H =||1987||V =||1997||7 =||2007||H =||2017||V =||2027||7 =||2037|
|J =||1988||W =||1998||8 =||2008||J =||2018||W =||2028||8 =||2038|
|K =||1989||X =||1999||9 =||2009||K =||2019||X =||2029||9 =||2039