The vehicle identification number for Ford cars and trucks is a 17-digit series of numbers and letters that identifies an individual vehicle and certain aspects of the vehicle's construction. According to Ford Fleet, the 17-digit series identifies vehicles made from 1982 and is used universally in vehicle manufacturing as of 2014.Continue Reading
The 17 digits of a Ford VIN are split into eight separate single- or multi-position sets. The first three spaces in the sequence represent the world manufacturer. The fourth position indicates the restraint system type, the types of brakes on the vehicle and the vehicle's GVWR class. The fifth through seventh positions indicate the line, series and body type of the vehicle, while the eighth position identifies the engine type. Position nine is used to provide a check digit for the VIN. Position 10 is the model year, while 11 is the location of the plant where the vehicle was assembled. Positions 12 through 17 provide the production sequence number to identify individual vehicles produced with the same features shown through the earlier VIN positions.
VINs from earlier than 1982 must be run individually at a dealership or repair shop to identify the vehicle's features, as they do not follow the universal 17-digit structure.Learn more about Car Makes & Models
To check a car's vehicle identification number or VIN, enter the 17-digit letters and numbers into a VIN identification website, such as Edmunds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. The information revealed will be the buying history, service history and whether the car has even been reported in an accident.Full Answer >
A Ford vehicle's universal vehicle identification number, for all models manufactured after 1982, can be decoded by the user at Fleet.Ford.com. Vehicles produced prior to 1982 require contacting a Ford dealership for decoding.Full Answer >
The VIN, or vehicle identification number, will locate specifications for a Ford vehicle if entered into a website such as VINDecoder.net. This online service allows the user to check the validity of the car and get detailed information on almost any VIN.Full Answer >
Two ways that an owner can search to find out if there are any safety recalls for a Ford vehicle by it's vehicle identification number (VIN) is through the manufacturer's website or by using the search function of safercar.gov. Notices about safety recalls are also listed on the website of National Highway Traffic Association.Full Answer >