How to Hack Your VIN Number

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A VIN is a vehicle identification number which is a unique number assigned to every single car. In most cars over 1980, the vin number is 17 digits long and contains both numbers and letters. You can usually find your vin number on the dashboard of your car near the front of your windshield on the driver’s side, your car’s engine block or more easily found on your vehicle’s ownership documents or insurance slip. Take a moment to find your car’s vin number and write it down or take a picture of it.

What Does a VIN Number Mean?

Each character of your vin number provides key information about your vehicle. We can decode your vin number as follows.

The first character of your vin number will tell you where it was made, this is known as the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI).

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H are made in Africa
  • J, K, L, M, N, P, and R are made Asia
  • S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z are made in Europe
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are made in North America
  • 6 and 7 are made in Oceania
  • 8 and 9 are made in South America

This right away should tell you if something is fishy about your car if you bought it in the U.S. and it was made in another continent, say Africa. Unless you have a vehicle that is specifically made in Europe such as a higher model BMW or a European sports car than something may be up with your car. This is where it helps to know where exactly your car was made and we can figure that out by looking at the second character in your vin number.

2nd Character

The 2nd character combined with the first character will tell you which country exactly your car was made. Considering cars are made in 600 countries their are a number of corresponding country codes.

3rd Character

The 3rd character simply describes what kind of vehicle it is. It could be a car, suv, pickup truck, van, bus, etc.

4-5-6-7-8-9 Characters

The characters on your vin number from position 4 to 9 give more detailed information about your car pertaining to things such as make, model, and engine.

10th Character

This represents the year of your car and will either be a letter from A to Y or a number from 1 to 9. If you want to confirm the model year of your car see what the 10th character in the vin sequence is according to this key. You’ll notice that cars made after 2010 have the same letter or number as cars made in 1980, in order to determine which year your car is just look at the 7th character in your vin number if it is a letter than your car was made after 2010 and if it is a number it was made before.

A = 1980 
S = 1995
A = 2010 
S = 2025
B = 1981
T = 1996 
B = 2011
T = 2026 
C = 1982 
V = 1997 
C = 2012 
V = 2027 
D = 1983 
W = 1998 
D = 2013
W = 2028 
E = 1984
X = 1999 
E = 2014
X = 2029 
F = 1985
Y = 2000 
F = 2015
Y = 2030
G = 1986
1 = 2001
G = 2016
1 = 2031
H = 1987
2 = 2002
H = 2017
2 = 2032 
J = 1988
3 = 2003 
J = 2018
3 = 2033 
K = 1989
4 = 2004
K = 2019 
4 = 2034
L = 1990 
5 = 2005
L = 2020 
5 = 2035 
M = 1991
6 = 2006 
M = 2021
6 = 2036 
N = 1992
7 = 2007 
N = 2022 
7 = 2037 
P = 1993 
8 = 2008
P = 2023
8 = 2038 
R = 1994
9 = 2009 
R = 2024
9 = 2039 

11-12-13-14-15-16-17 Characters

The remaining characters provide more detailed information about your vehicle. These are things such as which auto plant your car was made at, extra options, etc.

How to check VIN number history?

One of the best ways to check the history of your car is by running a VIN history report. A VIN history report will be able to tell you the following:

  • Is this vehicle a lemon?
  • What are all the accidents this car has been involved in?
  • Has the odometer been tampered with?
  • What is the title of the vehicle?

Where Can I get a VIN History Report from?

The most reputable company offering VIN history reports is Autocheck. They provide comprehensive unlimited reports as well as an AutoCheck Score which will show you how your vehicle’s history affects its market value. You can get your VIN history report by going here.

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