As a vehicle owner, it’s crucial to know where to find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) as well as have a general understanding of what it means. VINs are important for several reasons and are used in a variety of situations. So, when you’re looking for your Ford VIN, here’s what you should know.
What is a VIN?
First, especially if you are a new vehicle owner, you might be wondering what a VIN is. Basically it’s a 17-digit string of numbers and letters that includes information about your vehicle, such as where it was manufactured, what year it was made, if any service records exist, if it’s been in any major accidents, and much more. VINs are used to determine which vehicles are included in recalls as well as diagnose issues with dashboard warning lights, among others. The 17-digit VIN has been included in Ford models since 1980, so if you own or are looking to purchase a model from 1980 or after, you can utilize the VIN to learn more about its past.
Where is your VIN located?
Your VIN may be located in a few different spots on your vehicle and documents associated with your vehicle, but here are some good places to start your search:
- At the base of the driver’s side of the windshield
- In the driver’s side doorjamb
If you are unable to find your VIN in these spots, you can refer to your owner’s manual for more information or get in touch with our team at Sherwood Ford.
How can you decode your Ford VIN?
Are you running into issues with your current Ford vehicle? Or are you interested in learning more about a vehicle you’re looking to purchase? If so, you can decode your VIN in multiple different ways. The most straightforward and reliable way to decode a Ford VIN is by having an experienced automotive professional take a look. If you would like to decode your Ford VIN, you can bring your vehicle to Sherwood Ford, and one of our skilled technicians will take care of it for you.