VIN decoder & Lookup
What do the VIN symbols mean?
The first three characters form the WMI section (the identifier of the global manufacturer). The first one indicates the country where the car was manufactured or where the manufacturer's headquarters is located. Symbols 2 and 3 are the manufacturer's own code.
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For example, 1VW represents a Volkswagen car manufactured in the USA, whereas 1 represents this country. If the first VIN code was W, it would mean that this Volkswagen was made in Germany. By the way, if a manufacturer releases a small number of cars per year on the streets (for example, in the European Union, 500 cars or less per year), the third VIN symbol always indicates the number 9.
The middle part (4-9 characters) indicates the VDS (Vehicle Descriptor section), which describes the type of vehicle. Depending on local regulations and other reasons, each manufacturer uses a unique system for designing VDS. However, this part of the VIN usually provides information about the model, the type of body or engine, the number of doors, the working platform used, etc.
The last group of characters (10-17) is called VIS (Vehicle Identifier section). This is a unique serial number that identifies a specific car. VIS reveals everything from the year of manufacture to the original, factory-installed equipment.