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Want to Decipher what your Vehicle Indentification Number (VIN) or better know as your Cars Birth Certificate ?

Manufacturer Code & Vehicle Type: (positions 1-3)
1 = USA
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico
J = Japan
K = Korea
V = France

Example:
JDM: Honda Motor Co., Japan, passenger
1HG: Honda of America, USA, passenger

 

Model Line: (positions 4-6)
CB7: Accord Coupe/Sedan 2.2L
CB9: Accord Wagon 2.2L
CE1: Accord Wagon 2.2L

Body Type & Transmission: (position 7)
1: 2-door, 5-speed manual
2: 2-door, 4-speed automatic
5: 4-door, 5-speed manual
6: 4-door, 4-speed automatic
7: 5-door, 5-speed manual
8: 5-door, 4-speed automatic

Vehicle Grade: (position 8)
4: DX
5: LX (4-door)
EX-R without A/C (2-door)
6: EX/EX-R (4-door)
EX-R with A/C (2-door)
7: EX/EX-R with ABS (4-door)
8: SE (4-door automatic)
9: 10th Anniversary Edition (4-door automatic)

Check digit: (position 9)
Basically, the check digit is the difference between the sum of all of the other digits, and a preset number, so when all seventeen are added, no matter what car, what serial number, they all add up the same


Model Production Year: (position 10)
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998

Factory Code: (position 11)
A = Marysville, Ohio, USA
C = Sayama, Japan
H = Alliston, Canada
L = East Liberty, USA
S = Suzuka, Japan
T = Tochigi, Japan

Serial Number: (positions 12-17)
Production sequence number- this number starts at 000001 with the first car.

 

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