How to Check and Decode a Hyundai VIN

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You’ll be able to decipher your Hyundai VIN by matching the numbers and characters to the corresponding codes. You can typically find the VIN on the driver’s side of the dashboard, inside the door jamb on either the driver or passenger side, or underneath the hood.
By now you know that you need your vehicle identification number (VIN) to renew your driver’s license, update your vehicle registration, or sell your car. What you might not know is what those 17 digits actually mean.
Here with the answer to what your VIN actually means is the licensed
car insurance
. We’ve got the scoop on Hyundai VINs—where they are, how they’re made, and how to read them. And stick around for how to lower your
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, too.

How to check your Hyundai’s VIN

The VIN on your Hyundai is its vehicle identification number. That totals a unique 17-digit code that identifies the Hyundai of your choice.
The VIN is on your vehicle in multiple places, and you can find it in other locations as well. Some of these locations include:
  • Your car insurance card
  • Your vehicle registration card
  • A metal tag or sticker on the driver’s side of the dashboard
  • A sticker on the inside of your driver’s door jamb
Virtually every Hyundai has a VIN in one of these places. You can find the VIN in other spots as well, such as beneath the hood or even under the spare tire.

How to decode a Hyundai VIN

You need to give your VIN to the DMV to process any car-related services. So what kind of information are they getting from these 17 digits?
VINs have been used in the US since the 1950s and became standardized after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stepped in, in 1981. Ever since then, the 17 digits have standardized meanings across makes, models, continents, and countries.
Every VIN uses all ten numerical digits (0-9) and most letters of the alphabet, excluding I, O, and Q. These letters are frequently confused with 1, 0, and 9, so they’re excluded for simplicity’s sake.

First position: country of origin

The three digits at the beginning of your VIN are the world manufacturer identifier (WMI). The first letter is the country of origin for your Hyundai. Hyundai has plants in Asia and the Americas, and there are five countries from which your Hyundai could originate.

Positions 2-3: manufacturer information

The next two digits identify the manufacturer and the vehicle type. The vehicle type could be a passenger car like the
or a bus like the

Positions 4-8: vehicle-specific information

Next on the VIN is the vehicle-specific information. This includes the series, body style and version, body type, restraint systems, and engine type. There are a lot of models and combinations when driving a Hyundai, so this number helps specify which vehicle you have.

Position 9: the VIN check digit

There seems to be a risk of someone manufacturing fake VINs using this information, and what’s stopping them? The 9th digit of the VIN is a “check digit” that changes based on the other numbers in the VIN. It verifies the authenticity of a VIN.

Position 10: model year

The 10th digit on a Hyundai is the model year. This helps narrow down which year your Hyundai was produced in.

Position 11: assembly plant

There are a lot of Hyundai plants in the world, and this digit helps you find out where your vehicle originated from.
Here are the codes for each plant:

Positions 12-17: vehicle serial number

The last six digits are a completely unique combination—they’re the serial number for your vehicle. It’s usually a production sequence number, and no other vehicle has the same one yours does.

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