How to Check and Decode a Jeep VIN

The Jeep VIN can be found on the driver’s side dashboard or inside the door jamb. Learn more about VINs here.
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Find the VIN on your Jeep by checking the driver’s side dashboard or inside the door jamb. Once you learn the digits’ corresponding meaning, you can easily decode the VIN!
The vehicle identification number is also known as the VIN. You need this unique number when doing most anything with your car (like updating your registration, buying, or selling), but why? What do all those numbers and letters mean?
Thankfully the
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Jeep insurance costs
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How to check your Jeep’s VIN

The vehicle identification number on your Jeep is called the VIN for short. It’s a completely unique 17-digit code that identifies your particular Jeep to whomever is reading it.
You can find the VIN in multiple spots inside and outside of your vehicle. Try checking these places:
  • A metal tag or sticker on the driver’s side of the dashboard
  • A sticker on the inside of your driver’s door jamb
Every Jeep has a VIN in one of these places. You can also find a VIN on a Jeep by checking to see if it’s stamped under the rear bumper on the driver’s side.

How to decode a Jeep VIN

You’ll need your VIN to do basically anything at the DMV. Why? What information are they deciphering from this 17-digit code?
First introduced in the United States in the 1950s, VINs were standardized in 1981 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All VINs since now carry the same types of information across makes, models, and continents.
You’ll find all ten numerical digits (0-9) in your VIN, and most letters except for I, O, and Q. These letters are often confused with 1, 0, and 9, so it’s simpler to leave them out rather than always clarifying which character you mean.

First position: country of origin

The first three digits signify the world manufacturer identifier (WMI). The first character tells you what the country of origin for your Jeep is. Jeep has manufacturing plants in multiple countries, so pay close attention to this digit. If your Jeep was made in the US, your VIN will start with the numbers 1 or 4, while the VIN will start with J if it was made in Japan.

Positions 2-3: manufacturer information

The next two digits tell you about the manufacturer and vehicle type. The second character on your VIN will likely be J, for Jeep, while the 3rd position will give you information on the type of vehicle it is. This helps differentiate a
Grand Cherokee
from a
Wrangler
.

Positions 4-8: vehicle-specific information

The following five digits refer to vehicle-specific information. These digits will tell you all about the drive type, body style, engine, and make. This narrows down a huge variety of combinations to information that identifies your exact Jeep.

Position 9: the VIN check digit

With all this information being standardized, you may worry that someone would manufacture a fake VIN. That’s what the ninth digit is for—verifying the authenticity of a VIN. This digit is calculated using a secret formula that is immune to replication.

Position 10: model year

Digit ten tells you the model year of your Jeep. Here’s how some of those years break down:
Code
Model Year
B
2011
C
2012
D
2013
E
2014
F
2015
G
2016
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Jeep has to reuse some characters for multiple model years, so keep in mind that the tenth digit could refer to more than one year.

Position 11: assembly plant

Position 11 identifies the plant of origin for your Jeep. Jeep has plants in the US, Italy, Brazil, China, India, and Mexico. The US-based plants are in Toledo, Ohio, or Detroit, Michigan.

Positions 12-17: vehicle serial number

The last six digits of a VIN are unique to your car. This is the vehicle’s serial number, which is determined on the assembly line. These numbers identify your specific vehicle.

How to find affordable Jeep insurance

Now that you’re armed with all this information, what do you do with a VIN? Well, you could use it on the
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