What is a VIN and where can I find it?

What is a VIN, and where can I find it!?


What Is a VIN?

vehicle identification number (VIN) (also called a chassis or frame number) is a unique code used by automobile manufacturers identify the vehicles that they produce, and used by parts suppliers like Sawtooth Subaru Parts to accurately specify parts and components to match that vehicle. 

Starting way back in 1954, at the request of the US government, US car manufacturers created the modern standardized vehicle identification numbering system with an agreed upon digit sequence and concealed chassis markings of this VIN. 

In 1981, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) standardized the format. The format now requires all on-road vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters O (o), I (i), and Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 0, 1, and 9).

Your VIN actually means something! Each digit corresponds to a specific bit of information!

The first 3 digits specify the manufacturer, and where the vehicle was made

The next 6 digits specify the general characteristics of a vehicle, such as its chassis design, engine type, and platform

The last 8 digits are a unique serial number that specify, in order, the model year, plant code, and sequence number of your vehicle.

Here at Sawtooth Subaru Parts, we can actually look up all we need to know about your Subaru from just the last 8 digits of your VIN! 

How cool is that!?


Where Can I Find My VIN?

BEST method: 

Look at your registration or insurance card!

All documentation that you have for your Subaru - insurance card, registration, title, purchase agreement, anything! - will have the VIN on it. It will be 17 digits long, and start with JF1, JF2, or 4S4!


Alternative Method:

Check the door plate!

Open the driver's front door of your Subaru. There, you will find a riveted metal plate that contains tons of information... your paint code, tire pressure requirements, and yes! Your VIN!


Hardest Method:

Look where your windshield meets the hood on the driver's side of the outside of the car. There, you will see an embossed VIN stamped into the dash (look through the bottom of the windshield).