Description – VIN
A vehicle identification number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique code including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as defined in ISO 3833.
The VIN can be used to look up vehicle specific data card information which describes the vehicle as supplied by the manufacturer.
Typical information found on the data card includes:
- Vehicle Type
- Model Name
- Engine Number
- Transmission Number
- Front Axle Number
- Order Number
- Interior Colour
- Paint Code
- Delivery Date and
- SA Codes (The equipment on the vehicle when delivered).
How to find VIN
There are several places where you can find the VIN of your vehicle.
Certification label below driver’s door latch
If in the U.S. there will be a sticker in the driver’s door frame that gives the month and year of manufacture. In the photo below, 10/04 at the upper right of the sticker indicates that the car was manufactured in October, 2004. It was sold in the U.S. as an ’05 model, and went into service in November, ’04.
In ECE models the VIN sticker is located in passenger’s door frame.
VIN can be displayed by accessing instrument cluster hidden menu.
Engraved below right rear passenger seat
The VIN is engraved next to fuse box under right side rear seat. Since the VIN is engraved and therefore secure, this place is used by authorities to identify a vehicle without any doubts.
Visible through windshield
In US it is a federal requirement that the VIN number be visible through the windshield. It can be viewed through the nearside base of the front windshield in bold white lettering.
Vehicle Technical Passport
A vehicle technical passport issued by the US Government should have the VIN printed on it.