Help Us To Get You The Right Parts
At Airpower we strive to provide you with the right parts for your vehicle as quickly and accurately as possible. You can help us do our job faster and more precisely by providing Airpower with the correct VIN for your vehicle. With an incorrect VIN, the process to identify correct part numbers might be slowed down or there may be possibilities of receiving the wrong parts. We would like to provide you with the relevant information about your vehicle in order to help you find out the correct Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
A vehicle identification number, commonly abbreviated to VIN, is a unique code including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles. It is critical information showing what vehicle you exactly have and when it was built.
VINs were first used in 1954 by automobile manufacturers to identify their vehicles as mass production numbers were increasing significantly. However, there was no agreed standard for these numbers so every manufacturer used their own formats.
In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States standardised the format for all over-the-road-vehicles to have a 17-character VIN. Now VIN systems are based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3779 and ISO 3780.
17 characters of the VIN consist of capital letters A through Z and numbers 1 through 0; however, the letters I, O and Q are not used in order to avoid confusion with number 1 and 0. No signs or spaces are allowed in the VIN.
The position of each letter or number in the VIN code reveals important information about where and when your vehicle was made, the type of engine it has and the model or series of the vehicle. The VIN is composed of the following sections:
World manufacturer identifier
The first three characters uniquely identify the manufacturer of the vehicle using the world manufacturer identifier (WMI) code. Some manufacturers use the third character as a code for a vehicle category (e.g. bus or truck), a division within a manufacturer or both. For example, Isuzu Trucks has a code JA (meaning manufactured in Japan) for the first two characters and third character varies by the vehicle category such as JAA and JAL. The VIN of the IVECO trucks manufactured in Australia begins with characters 6 and F.
The 4th to 8th characters in the VIN show the vehicle’s features/attributes such as body type, engine type, model or series. Each manufacturer has a unique system for using this field. You will see the model name ‘NPR’ or ‘FRR’ for Isuzu Trucks in this area.
The 9th character in the VIN is to verify the accuracy of the previous numbers within the VIN.
The 10th character tells you the model year. In addition to three letters that are not allowed in the VIN, the letters U and Z and number 0 are not used for the model year code. See the following table.
The 11th character shows the assembly plant for the vehicle. Again each manufacturer has its own set of plant codes.
The last six characters are the vehicle’s serial or production number. This is unique to each vehicle and every manufacturer using own sequences as there is no fixed standard for this number.
Here’s How to Find Your Vehicle’s VIN
Since it is important for the owner of the vehicle to know the VIN, the number is always located in the vehicle. The location varies by manufacturers, but there are the most common places such as on the door post, on the dash near the windshield or on the engine. Isuzu trucks and IVECO trucks have the VIN on the door frame when you open the driver side door.