You can find out a variety of information about your Ford car or truck by decoding its vehicle identification number. Your vehicle’s VIN number is unique to it and provides information about where it was manufactured, when it was manufactured and what options were available for it. You can decode a VIN using several different methods, all of which will provide you with more or less the same information.

Step 1

Locate your Ford vehicle’s VIN number. The 17-digit number is listed on numerous locations throughout the vehicle’s body, including on the left-hand side of the dashboard near the windshield and on the sticker in the driver’s side door jamb, as well as on any paperwork pertaining to the vehicle.
Step 2

Break down the VIN number. The first digit stands for the country the vehicle was manufactured in. The second designates the manufacturer, in this case, Ford. The third designates the type of vehicle.