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How To Make Sense of Your Car's VIN

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edited August 2017 in Editorial
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  • This has fascinated me for 20 years. Feel free to call me a car geek. I wear the badge with honor.
  • Do you have illistrated views of things I need to know about a 01 Dodge Grand Caravan?
  • Older cars "DO" have have vin #s of less then 17 digets. I believe my 1969 dodge has 14 digets. How do you make this work with the less numbers?
  • Vehicles did not always have 17 digits in the VIN, I have a 1975 full size Chevy Blazer 4X4 I checked the VIN on the truck and the pink slip and it only has 13 digits and because if this I can't find anything about my truck, to be honest I sold the truck and the buyer never paid the balance, I still have the Pink Slip, I never signed a bill of sale, or a release of liability, yet he managed to sell it and I want to know how he did it because I want him in jail, California DMV could not tell me how he did it. But they let it go through.
  • danelsondanelson Posts: 1
    be nice to know what each digit 4 - 8 means about model of car. i have a saturn ion, don't know if it is a 1 or 2
  • I have a partial VIN that starts with XR67R2. The rest I can't make out. Can someone tell me what make or model this car is?
  • I have a partial VIN that starts with XR67R2. The rest I can't make out. Can someone tell me what make or model this car is?
  • Any way to get the actual date of roll off instead of the sequence number (last six digits)?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 104,325
    warnoldl said:

    Any way to get the actual date of roll off instead of the sequence number (last six digits)?

    I don't know if you can get it from the VIN, but the month/year of manufacture is on the plate inside the driver's door jamb.

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  • Is there a matching VIN on the engine block?
  • What I mean by that is - is there a number on the engine block that matches the number on the dashboard?
  • For old 13 digit VIN's from 1950-1980 try this site: Vinwiz.com. I am not sure about all cars but my 1995-1997 Maximas have the full VIN stamped onto the heads and block.
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