How to find out everything about your car using the VIN code


With a VIN decoder check, you can find as much information about a vehicle as possible to reduce the risk of buying it. It is an effective auxiliary tool to help you make decisions related to buying a used car. Thanks to VIN lookup, many people are able to avoid the problems associated with buying a stolen or completely wrecked and rebuilt car.

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), colloquially known as the BODY NUMBER, is a combination of symbols assigned to a vehicle by the manufacturer for the purpose of its identification. The adopted standard ISO 3779 - 1983 defines the content and format of the vehicle identification number, which makes it possible to create a unified worldwide system of vehicle identification numbers.
The VIN consists of three parts:
WMI - World Manufacturer's Index - a code assigned to a manufacturer for the purpose of its identification. The code consists of 3 characters (letters or numbers) assigned by the competent institution of the country where the manufacturer is registered, in accordance with the rules of the international agency acting on behalf of the International Organization for Standardization ISO or its regional representative.

VDS - Model Description - consists of six characters and describes the characteristics of the vehicle. The characters, their sequence and the inherent characteristics are defined by the manufacturer. The unused positions are filled in by the manufacturer with characters chosen at his own discretion, without any meaning.

VIS - serial number - last eight digits, the last four being numbers. If the manufacturer wishes to include in the VIS the designation of the year of production and/or the manufacturing plant, it is recommended to put the designation of the year of production in the first position and the designation of the manufacturing plant in the second position. The definition of "production year" means the calendar year of manufacture of a vehicle, or the model year of a vehicle, as defined by the manufacturer.

The VIN is a combination of alphanumeric characters. It is allowed to use capital Latin letters and Arabic numerals: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 A B C D E F G H J K L M N P R S T U U V W X Y Z.

It is allowed for the manufacturer to use signs separating parts of the VIN, WIM and VIS provided they are not the aforementioned identification number signs or signs which could be confused with them. Separating marks may not be used in documents. The VIN placed "on" or "in" the vehicle must be written in one or two lines, without spaces, and the continuous sequence of the three constituent parts of the VIN, WIM, VDS, VIS cannot be broken. In documents, the VIN code must be written in one line, in a solid line.

The definition of the concept and meaning of the VIN is based on ISO 3779 (1983).

Where is the VIN?
The VIN is most easily found on the identification plate. It is usually located on the outside of the front instrument panel, directly beside the door or in the front door frame.