Where is the VIN Number on a Car?

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If you need your car VIN number and you’re wondering where to find it, don’t worry–it’s easier than you might think! There are usually two possible locations where you can find your VIN number:

  • The corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. Stand outside the car on the driver’s side to get a close look.
  • The driver’s side door post where the door latches. If the VIN number isn’t on the corner of the dashboard, it’ll likely be here.

But what is a VIN number? It’s important that you know how the VIN works in case you need to know the number for anything. The team at Beach Automotive Group has more information in the guide below. Check it out, then head to our service and parts tips for more advice on keeping your car in top condition in Conway and beyond!

What is a VIN Number? 

Let’s start with the basics: VIN stands for “vehicle identification number.” In short, it’s like a unique fingerprint for your car–a 17-digit string of letters and numbers that identifies your car, and only your car (no two VINs on the Murrells Inlet roads are the same). Your car VIN number includes key information about your vehicle, including basic information like its make and model as well as more obscure information like its serial number and the plant where it was manufactured. Here’s an example of a VIN: 1G1YZ23J9P5803427 

What Do the Different Characters in a VIN Mean? 

Here’s what each character or set of characters in a VIN indicates:

  • Character 1: Country 
  • Character 2: Manufacturer 
  • Character 3: Vehicle Type 
  • Character 4: Body Type 
  • Character 5: Engine 
  • Character 6: Series 
  • Character 7: Restraint 
  • Character 8: Model
  • Character 9: Check Digit 
  • Character 10: Model Year 
  • Character 11: Plant 
  • Last Six Characters: Car’s Serial Number 

Learn More About Your Car’s VIN from Beach Automotive Group 

If you have any questions about how a VIN works, or if you want to learn more about your car’s unique VIN, contact our office! You can also stop by our dealership near Florence to talk to a member of our team in person, and we’ll be happy to help you out. There are third-party websites that allow you to look up your car’s VIN, or you can ask a service technician at your next regularly-scheduled service appointment, and we can find it for you!

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