VIN and Chassis Numbers

Your VIN (vehicle identification number) contains useful information regarding your Audi. In some instances you may need to know the model year or the chassis number (serial number) as Audi makes many changes in the middle of model years. You may also need to know whether your car was produced in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, or Czechoslovakia.

Here is a sample VIN number: WAULT68E74A207781

The first character represents the country of manufacture
W = Germany
T = Hungary, Switzerland or Czechoslovakia

The seventh and eight characters represent the model, generally this is not needed but it is required in some cases.

The tenth character represents the model year
A = 1980
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005

The 12th thru 17th characters are the chassis number. This is the car's serial number, issued sequentially as each car is produced. So, our car with the sample VIN WAULT68E74A207781 was the 207,781st car built in 2004 in Germany.

Why should you care about all this? Because it is very valuable in determining whether your car was produced before or after a mid-year change. Our goal is to get you the correct parts for your car. For example, in our catalog we may refer to a part as fitting "A4, fwd, 2.8L V6 12V, '96-mid '98(thru chassis # W_160955)"

This means it fits A4, front wheel drive, with 2.8 liter V6 12 valve engine, 1996, 1997, and also the first 160955 cars produced in model year 1998. The "W" indicates model year 1998, the "_" indicates the next character which does not matter, and the "160955" is the serial number.

PR Codes

With many later model Audis it is also important to know PR codes (also called option codes) for your car to select many parts such as brakes or wheel bearings as Audi may install different parts on the same model and there is no way to tell which parts were used by the year and model alone.

Fortunately this is easy to determine with the vehicle's PR code. PR codes are 3 character alphanumeric codes that describe various options the car has. The PR codes, along with the engine code, transmisson code, etc, may be found on the vehicle's build sticker.

A copy of this sticker should be attached to the first pages the car's warranty booklet. There should also be a sticker attached to the body of the car, usually in the trunk under the carpet or in the spare tire area.

See the photo below for a example of the build sticker.

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