The VIN or Vehicle Identification Number can be used to determine many facts for a vehicle. The 17-digit number has been used since 1980 to identify the make, manufacturer, model year and package information. Each VIN is unique to the specific vehicle and can be used to determine history of the vehicle from manufacture to scrap. Vehicles made prior to 1981 also have a VIN, but it is not standardized to 17 digits.
Determining a Vehicle Package
Locate the VIN on the vehicle. Most cars and trucks have a VIN on the dashboard on the driver’s side, but it may be on a sticker on the driver side door, the front of the engine block or the front of the vehicle body.
Write down the VIN.