VIN, it's your car's 'IC number' and here's how to find it

Eric · Oct 19, 2019 12:10 AM

2020 Toyota Supra VIN

You’ve probably heard of the term ‘chassis number’ before, but what does it mean?

Officially, ‘chassis number’ should be called Vehicle Identification Number, VIN for short.

2019 Honda Civic Type R VIN

VIN of the Honda Civic Type R. Note that the VIN says FK8, not FK8R.

Think of VIN as the identification number for your car, as each car has a unique number, much like our Identification Card (IC). Similar to our IC, the vehicle's VIN contains a bunch of useful information, like fitted options to the vehicle, body colour, and origin of vehicle.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan VIN

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan's VIN. The 11th W means that this car is made in Mexico.

A VIN that starts with PL to PR would indicate that this model is made in Malaysia, but this is not a hard and fast rule, as manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz puts their plant code as the 11th digit of the VIN. Mercedes-Benz models with an L suffix as the 11th digit are assembled in Pekan, Pahang.

2019 Isuzu D-Max VIN

The Isuzu D-Max's VIN is located in the engine bay. PLZ is Isuzu Malaysia's identifier.

Depending on your car, the VIN can be found in various locations, including in the engine bay, B-pillar, under the front seat, or in the boot.

2019 Volvo XC40 VIN

Some VINs are located behind the windshield.

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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