Vehicle Identification Numbers: What’s in a VIN?

You might think your car’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a randomly generated alpha-numeric code. But there’s meaning behind each and every symbol, and that information is crucial when ordering new and used car parts.

When a sales rep asks you for the VIN, it’s an efficient way to gather information including not only year, make and model, but also country of origin and the specific plant where the vehicle was manufactured. The VIN also indicates transmission type, engine size, body style and emission system data.

Next time you call your local wrecking yard parts specialist, have your VIN handy to ensure you get the correct parts for your vehicle. Not sure where to find your VIN? It’s located printed on your registration, title, proof of insurance and on the VIN plate on the driver’s side of your dashboard.