Vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, describe many details about a particular vehicle. VINs are useful in a number of situations, such as identifying vehicle repair parts for your Ford or verifying the authenticity of a Ford vehicle that you are planning to purchase. Using a VIN decoder, you can find out what each Ford VIN character means.
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Check the first three characters in a VIN number to identify the place or the country of origin, the make and body type. For a Ford, a "1" represents the United States and "F" stands for Ford. The third character will vary, based on the specific body type.
Check the fourth character to identify the restraint system (such as "B" for active belts in all seating positions).
Check digits five through seven to identify the line, series and body type (such as "P38" for a Ford Focus ZTS).
Check digit eight to identify the engine type.
The ninth digit is a manufacturer check digit.
Review character 10 to find the model year.
Look at character 11 to identify the assembly plant.
The final five digits are the production sequence number.
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- Refer to the Stangbanger VIN decoder to identify all possible Ford VIN characters and meanings.
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