VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
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Description - 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, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as defined in ISO 3833.
The VIN can be used to look up vehicle specific data card information which describes the vehicle as supplied by the manufacturer.
Typical information found on the data card includes:
- Vehicle Type
- Model Name
- Engine Number
- Transmission Number
- Front Axle Number
- Order Number
- Interior Colour
- Paint Code
- Delivery Date and
- SA Codes (The equipment on the vehicle when delivered).
Examples - VIN
VIN found on the vehicle Data or Certification Plate: WDB 220175 2A 387365 6
VIN as used in M-B's Workshop Information System (WIS) which requires 17 digits: WDB2201752A387356
Decoding - VIN
The 17 digit VIN consists of the following elements:
- The first three characters (1, 2 and 3) of the VIN (WDB2200671A419444) designate the World Manufacturer Code ie the Country of manufacture, where:
3AM Mexico 3MB Mexico 4JG M-Class except Europe 5DH Mexico Bus 8AB Argentina 8AC Argentina 9BM Brazil ADB South Africa KPA South Korea Transporter KPD South Korea KPG South Korea LB1 (null) LE4 China Production LEN China Production MEC (null) MHL Indonesia NAB Iran NMB Turkey RLM Mercedes Benz Vietnam TAW NAW - Switzerland TCC smart VAG G-Wagon Steyr VF9 EVOBUS France VS9 EVOBUS Spain VSA Spain WCD Sprinter WD0 Transporter Dodge NFZ WD1 Sprinter WD2 NAFTA Sprinter WD3 Sprinter WD4 Sprinter WD5 NAFTA Sprinter WD6 Unimog NAFTA WD7 Unimog NAFTA incomplete WD8 Transporter WD9 Sprinter WDA Germany DaimlerChrysler WDB Germany WDC M-Class-Europe/203/G-WAGON USA WDD Germany DaimlerChrysler WDF Rest of World (R.o.W) WDP (null) WDR (null) WDW (null) WDX Transporter Dodge WDY Transporter Freightliner NFZ WDZ Mercedes-Benz Bus WEB EVOBUS Mercedes-Benz WKK EVOBUS Setra WME smart WMX (null) Z9M (null)
- The next three characters (4, 5 and 6) of the VIN identify what series/type the car is. For example a VIN WDB2200671A419444 denotes a W220 series vehicle.
- Characters 7, 8 and 9 of the VIN (WDB2200671A419444) identify the model, where:
000 S320 CDI 025 S320 CDI 026 S320 CDI 028 S400 CDI 063 S280 065 S320 067 S350 070 S430 073 S55 AMG 074 S55 AMG 074 S55 AMG supercharged 075 S500 075 S55 AMG 078 S600 083 S430 4Matic 084 S500 4Matic 087 S350 4Matic 125 S320 CDI 126 S320 CDI 128 S400 CDI 163 S280 165 S320 165 S320 long 167 S350 170 S430 170 S430 long 173 S55 AMG 174 S55 AMG 174 S55 AMG supercharged 175 S500 175 S500 long 175 S500 GUARD 175 S55 AMG 176 S600 176 S600 GUARD 178 S600 178 S600 long 178 S600 GUARD 178 S63 178 S63 AMG 179 S65 AMG 183 S430 4Matic 184 S500 4Matic 187 S350 4Matic 875 S500 875 S500 PULLMAN 878 S600 878 S600 PULLMAN
- Character 10 of the VIN (WDB2200671A419444) identifies LH or RH Drive, where:
1 - left-hand drive (LHD) 2 - right-hand drive (RHD)
- Character 11 of the VIN (WDB2200671A419444) identifies (?)
- Characters 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 of the VIN are sequential, with each model having a separate number, starting at 000001 and ending with the end of production
How to find VIN
There are several places where you can find the VIN of your vehicle.
Certification label below driver's door latch
If in the U.S. there will be a sticker in the driver's door frame that gives the month and year of manufacture. In the photo below, 10/04 at the upper right of the sticker indicates that the car was manufactured in October, 2004. It was sold in the U.S. as an '05 model, and went into service in November, '04.
In ECE models the VIN sticker is located in passenger's door frame.
Engraved below right rear passenger seat
The VIN is engraved next to fuse box under right side rear seat. Since the VIN is engraved and therefore secure, this place is used by authorities to identify a vehicle without any doubts.
VIN can be displayed by accessing instrument cluster hidden menu.
Visible through windshield
Vehicle Technical Passport
A vehicle technical passport issued by the US Government should have the VIN printed on it.
VIN Decode Sites
VIN decoder & Lookup at vindecoderz.com.
Verification of VIN for Mercedes-Benz carinfo.kiev.ua.
Option or SA Codes - Vehicle Data Card
Option or SA Codes observed on W220 data cards refer to the equipment on the vehicle when delivered.