What is VIN Number?
The Chassis Number, or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is a 17-digit unique identification number provided by the vehicle manufacturer that can be used to identify and track a vehicle. The chassis number does not include the letters I, O (o) and Q (q) to avoid confusing them with the digits 1 and 0. The chassis number series is standardized according to ISO 3779 (1983) and is uniform in all countries of the world.
What does the chassis number tell you?
The chassis number decoder reveals detailed vehicle specification information to provide a complete overview of vehicle characteristics:
Information on vehicles manufactured before 1981 is limited because chassis numbers were not standardized before that year.
Why is chassis number information so important?
The chassis number is like a car fingerprint that is widely used by the police and many other institutions in connection with the investigation and prevention of VIN counterfeiting, the detection of theft, and so on. The chassis number is also useful for those intending to buy a used car, as it offers detailed vehicle specifications and helps you search for vehicle history data.
Where is the chassis number located?
The chassis number is usually somewhere in the vehicle body and is easy to find if you know where to look.
List of places where you can find the VIN on a car:
A list of places where you can find the chassis number on a motorbike:
You can also find the VIN on any documentation you have for the vehicle such as:
Body Shop Repair Records
Vehicle History Report
Although the chassis number is easy to find, decoding the information in the chassis number can be a challenge. The 17 digits of the chassis number are divided into segments and each of them carries some important information about the vehicle, e.g. year of manufacture, manufacturer, model, country and factory of manufacture, serial number, etc.
Use the description in the figure below:
The 1st character: Where the vehicle was built
The 2nd and 3rd characters: The Manufacturer
The 4th and 8th characters: Portrait of the vehicle-brand, engine size and type
The 9th character: Security code that identifies the VIN as being authorized by the manufacturer
The 10th character: Model year of the car
The 11th character: Indicates which plant assembled the vehicle
The 12-17 characters are the vehicle's serial number
Flexible fuel vehicles can be identified by the 2nd, 3rd and 8th digits of the VIN