Have you ever looked at the Vehicle Identification Number on your Toyota and wondered what it meant? The VIN provides just about every single bit of information someone might want regarding a vehicle.
Where to Find the VIN
The VIN is usually displayed under the glass in the lower, driver's side corner of the front windshield. It is also printed on the engine block and in the gas tank opening.
Usually, the first letter/number on any VIN for a Toyota vehicle
is a "J". The first position always represents the country of origin for the vehicle. J means "Japan."
There are other numbers and letters used for this, so it is a good idea to know these as well. Some Toyota vehicles are now built inside the United States. The numbers 1, 4, 5 and the letter "S" all mean it is built in the United States.
The second position in the VIN is the manufacturer of the vehicle. Anything built by Toyota, including a Lexus, is going to have a "T."
The third position is a letter that represents the vehicle type. If you see a D, G, X, K, 1, 2, 7 or N, it means it is a passenger vehicle. The letters A, B, F, M or the number 4 means it is a truck. The symbols E, L or 3 means it is a multipurpose vehicle, such as a SUV
, and a 5 means it is a convertible.
The fourth position is the body type of your vehicle. There are all sorts of letters and numbers used for this. A means it is a two door, two wheel drive vehicle. B is a four door, two wheel drive vehicle or a four door, four wheel drive truck (this makes knowing what the third position is very important). C is a two door coupe with two wheel drive while a D is a four door truck with four wheel drive. E is a four door truck with two wheel drive and G is a four door station wagon with two wheel drive. H is a four door station wagon with four wheel drive and a K is a four door station wagon with two wheel drive. The letter L is a four door station wagon with four wheel drive or a four door truck with four wheel drive. M is a five door van with two wheel drive and an N is a two door, regular cab truck with two wheel drive. P means it is a two door regular cab truck with four wheel drive, while S means it is a three door lift back with four wheel drive. T is a two door extended cab truck with two wheel drive, X is a five door SUV, W is a two door extended cab truck with four wheel drive, Y is a sport van and Z is a five door station wagon with two wheel drive.
Fifth through Eighth Positions
These four positions represent the different trim levels
, series and engine type of your vehicle. There are going to be all sorts of different variations when it comes to this. The fifth position is the series (such as the "S" class). The six and seven position represents the body style and chassis type while the eighth number is the engine type.
This is a check number. It is used by the dealership
(and the police) to add up against the other numbers in order to make sure the VIN is authentic.
This represents the model year of the vehicle
Final 6 Positions
These numbers are the identifying number of the vehicle. So, if it is the first vehicle of that make produced, it is 000001 in that order.