VIN and Chassis Numbers

Your VIN (vehicle identification number) contains useful information regarding your Volkswagen. In some instances you may need to know whether your car was produced in Germany, Mexico, or the USA. You may also need to know the model year or the chassis number (sequential production serial number)

Here is a sample VIN number: WVWDB4505LK005678

The first character represents the country of manufacture
1 = USA
3 = Mexico
W = Germany

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

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 WVWDB4505LK005678 was the 5678th car built in 1990 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 change. For example, in our catalog we may refer to a part as fitting "Golf '85 - mid '88 thru chassis# J_110245"

This means it fits all 1985, 1986, and 1987 models, and also the first 110245 cars produced in 1988. The "J" indicates model year 1988, the "_" indicates the next character which does not matter, and the "110245" is the serial number.

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