A Simple Guideline On How To Read A VIN Number

VIN is an abbreviation for Vehicle Identification Number which is a unique set of identifying code for a specific automobile. Every vehicle has it’s own set of codes which serves as a fingerprint. There can never be more than one vehicle in operation with the same VIN.

Popularly known as Chassis number in Nigeria, a VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

Locations Of An Automobile VIN

Commonly you can find the VIN number by the driver’s door or entrance into the driver’s seat or outside the vehicle on the driver’s side by the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield.

By the entrance and exit to the driver’s seat
By the driver’s door
By the windshield

The Meaning Of Numbers And Letters In A VIN

What do the 17 digits in a VIN mean? See the breakdown below of the meaning behind each segment of the VIN

Break down of each segment of the VIN

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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