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Frequently Asked Questions About VIN

by Metrix Premium Chassis Parts 15 Jul 2022 0 Comments


In a nutshell,
A vehicle's identifying number, or VIN, is given to it by the manufacturer and provides a variety of information about it, including its model year, country of manufacture, serial number, and even the location of its assembly. If you're looking to buy a used car and want to know more about its history, or if you want to buy replacement parts for your car at Metrix Premium, you can do so by giving us your VIN.

How can I locate my car's VIN number?

On the driver's side of the automobile, look for the VIN near the front of the dashboard. Your VIN may be easily seen by standing outside the vehicle and peering through the windshield at the junction of the hood and the glass.

Alternatively, you can check the driver's side door. When you open the door and turn to face the place where the door attaches to the automobile, you'll see this.

The VIN should also be displayed on your insurance cards and the title of your automobile if you can't find it on the car.

Your VIN might be located in a variety of places, as its placement varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, other typical places you can find your VIN are:

  • Front end of the frame
  • Vehicle registration

 What does a VIN stand for?

A vehicle's VIN, or vehicle identification number, is a 17-digit code unique code. A car's unique identification number is given to it when it is produced. The year, make, model, engine size, as well as the nation and factory where the car was produced, are all precise pieces of data about the vehicle that are included. Additionally, the VIN contains security elements for manufacturers and owners. 

Your vehicle's VIN may be less than 17 characters if it was built before 1981. Some VINs had only 11 characters before to 1981.

Why is a VIN important?

Buying Replacement Parts

Important and detailed information regarding your car is obtained from the VIN number. When it comes to locating your Metrix Premium replacement parts that are an exact match for your car, the VIN number can be used provide precise details about the fitment criteria for your car.

Buying a Used Car

When you buy a used car, the dealer or the seller may tell you one thing about the history or safety feature of the car. By decoding the VIN of the car, you can double check whether this information is correct. 

In addition to identifying for components and safety, the VIN has been used to prevent theft and locate stolen cars.

How to read a VIN?

Digit 1: The country of origin

Digit 2: The manufacturer of the vehicle

Digit 3: The third digit defines the vehicle's kind or production division when put along with the first two digits

Digit 4-8: Vehicle model, body style, transmission, and engine type

Digit 9: The security code of the manufacturer. It's used to find VINs that aren't legitimate

Digit 10: The model year of the vehicle

Digit 11: The manufacturing line where the vehicle was made

Digit 12-17: The unique serial number of the vehicle


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's VIN decoder can be useful if you're trying to figure out what a car's VIN means. The VIN Decoder tool will interpret the VIN for you if you simply enter the model year and VIN of the car.

Next Steps

You can use our online catalog to find the right parts for your car. Whether you want to use your VIN or other information about your car to locate your parts, our team is here to assist anytime. Check out our full inventory and find everything you need today!

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