VIN Check and Decode / Lookup

Check Your Vehicle Identification Number Free

What is a VIN?

VIN stands for vehicle identification number. It is a code that is also a serial number. The 17-character code is put on to every vehicle when it is manufactured.  Each part of the VIN describes information about a vehicle. Starting with the country it was manufactured in, the manufacturer , type of vehicle / engine, year it was made, and finally the  last 6 identify the serial number or unit number of the vehicle. 

Where To Find It

The VIN is located in various locations on a vehicle. The easiest is on the driver side of the windshield on the bottom corner closes to you. Other locaitions include the door pillar next to the handle, or on older cars you will also find it on the drivers door frame where the hinges are. Looking on a motorcyccle? That VIN is usually found by looking on the neck of the handle bars. On some brands, it will be on the frame near the motor.

Common VIN Locations

How to Use this VIN Check to Do a Decode on a VIN Number


Enter your vehicle's 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the field above to look up and receive an instant report on the year, make model, and body style of the vehicle.  The VIN will also reveal details such as the engine size and even where it was built. All information is verified and pulled from the


The Anatomy of a Vin Number. How is it Decoded?

  How is the VIN broken down?
VIN Decode Breakdown of Digits

World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI): Country of Origin Character Codes

The first three of every VIN number uniquely identify the manufacturer and country of origin. This is called the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI).

1, 4, 5 = United States
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico

8A-8E = Argentina
8F-8J = Chile
8X-82 = Venezuela
9A-9E, 93-99 = Brazil
9F-9J = Colombia

J = Japan
KL-KR = South Korea
L = China
MA-ME = India
MF-MK = Indonesia
ML-MR = Thailand
MS = Myanmar
PA-PE = Philippines
PL-PR = Malaysia
RF-RG = Taiwan

SA-SM = United Kingdom
SN-ST, W = Germany
SU-SZ = Poland
TA-TH = Switzerland
TJ-TP = Czech Republic
TR-TV = Hungary
TW = Portugal
VA-VE = Austria
VF-VR = France
VS-VW = Spain
VX-V2 = Yugoslavia
XL-XM = The Netherlands
X3-X0 = Russia
YA-YE = Belgium
YF-YK = Finland
YS-YW = Sweden
ZA-ZR = Italy

AA-AH = South Africa

6A-6W = Australia
7A-7E = New Zealand

Year Codes 2010-2019

2010 A
2011 B
2012 C
2013 D
2014 E
2015 F
2016 G
2017 H
2018 J
2019 K

Year Codes 2021-*

2020 L
2021 B
2022 C (expected)
2023 D (expected)
2024 E (expected)
2025 F (expected)
2026 G (expected)
2027 H (expected)
2028 J (expected)
2029 K (expected)