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Free FORD VIN Lookup & Decoder

Before you buy a used Ford, decoding the vehicle identification number (VIN) is a must. The VIN is a unique 17-digit code that contains vital information about the car's history, features, and potential red flags. Checking the VIN gives you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and avoid surprises down the road.

Quick Facts about FORD

Founded:1903 in Dearborn, Michigan
Vehicles sold in 2021:1,905,955 in the United States
Best selling model:F-Series pickup truck
Market capitalization (as of 2021):$50.2 billion
Largest market:πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States
Origin:πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States
Ford is an iconic American automotive brand that has been shaping the industry since 1903. Known for its reliable, tough, and innovative vehicles, Ford has created legendary models like the Mustang, F-150, and Explorer. Today, Ford offers a wide range of cars, trucks, and SUVs that cater to diverse customer needs and preferences. In 2021, Ford sold over 1.9 million vehicles in the United States alone.

How to Decode FORD VIN

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number, a unique code that serves to identify and differentiate vehicles. Below you will see a table with a complete breakdown how to decode VIN numbers.
PositionCodeDescription
14Indicates the country where the vehicle was manufactured (1 - United States)
2-3HGIdentifies the vehicle manufacturer (F - Ford Inc.)
4-8CM826Specifies the vehicle's brand, engine size, and type
93Vehicle Security Code
102Indicates the model year of the vehicle
11ADenotes the plant where the vehicle was assembled
12-17005243Serial number of the vehicle
VIN breakdown

3 Crucial Reasons to Check the VIN When Buying a Used Ford

Safety Recalls
With over 1.9 million Fords sold yearly in the U.S., up to 30% may have unresolved safety recalls. A VIN check identifies any open recalls.
Accident History
Decoding the VIN reveals if a used Ford has been in accidents, flooded, or sustained other damage that could affect its safety and value.
Maintenance Records
A VIN check provides detailed maintenance records, ensuring the used Ford you buy has been properly serviced and cared for.

FORD VIN Guide

World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)

The first three digits of the VIN make up the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The first digit represents the country, the second digit identifies the manufacturer, and the third digit indicates groups of plants.
CodeWMI
1F0Ford Motor Company USA
1F1Ford Motor Company USA
1F6Detroit Chassis LLC USA
1F7MSX International Detroit, MI USA
1F8American Transportation Corp. USA
1FAFord Motor Company USA
1FBFord Motor Company USA
1FCFord Motor Company USA
1FDFord Motor Company USA
1FMFord Motor Company USA
1FTFord Motor Company USA
1ZVFord Motor Company USA
1ZWAutoAlliance International USA
2FAFord Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
2FDFord Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
2FMFord Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
2FTFord Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
3FAFord Motor Company Mexico
3FBFord Motor Company SA Mexico
3FDFord Motor Company Mexico
3FEFord Motor Company Mexico
3FNBlue Diamond Trucks S. De RL De CV Mexico
3FRBlue Diamond Trucks S. De RL De CV Mexico
3FTFord Motor Company Mexico
3M9Mopesa Motores Power S Mexico
6F1Ford Motor Company Australia
9BFFord Brasil Brazil
NM0FORD-OTOSAN Turkey
SBCIveco Ford Truck Ltd. United Kingdom
SFAFORD-OTOSAN Turkey
SFAFord Motor Company Ltd United Kingdom
TW2Ford Lutisania Sarl Portugal
UN1Henry Ford and Son Ltd Ireland
X9FLLC Ford Motor Company Russia
XLCFord Nederland NV Holland
VS6Ford Espana SA Spain
Y4FFord Union, Belarus
WF0Ford Werke AG Germany
WF1Ford Werke AG Germany
WF0Ford Motor Company LLC Russia

Body Type

The fourth digit of the VIN represents the body type of the vehicle.
CodeBody Type
A5 door hatchback or limousine
Bthree door hatchback or limousine
Ctwo door coupe
Dthree door station wagon or two door combi (van with passenger seating and cargo space)
Etwo door sedan or three door limousine
Ffour door sedan
H5 door hatchback or combi, used only on the 5thgeneration Fiesta, made from 2001 to 2008, and the Torneo Connect
Lconvertible
N5 door station wagon or 4 or 5 door cargo-passenger van
Ppickup
Sminibus or combi
U5 door hatchback or cargo-passenger van, used on 1stgeneration Fusion, produced from 2002 to 2009
Ttwo door sedan or limousine
Vvan
Wtwo door combi

Model-Specific Equipment

Digits 5, 6, and 7 identify equipment specific to the model. This information is usually sufficient to determine the engine, cylinder head, and trim level installed at the factory. Some VINs use the 7th digit for equipment information, while others use it for manufacturing location.

Assembly Plant (Digits 7 and 8)

The 7th and 8th digits of the VIN indicate the location where the vehicle was assembled.
CodeLocation
BADagenham, England
BBHalewood, England
BCLangley, England
BDSouthampton, England
CECork, Ireland
CNAmsterdam, Netherlands
CPAzambuja, Portugal
GACologne, Germany
GBGenk, Belgium
GCSaarlouis, Germany
GKKarmann, Germany
SHHiroshima, Japan
WGBarcelona, Spain
WPValencia, Spain
ZVFlat Rock, USA
TTKocaeli, Izmit, Tutsia

Assembly Plant (Digit 8)

The 8th digit of the VIN also represents the assembly plant location in some cases.
CodeLocation
ACologne / Dagenham
AAbchak, Belarus
BHalewood, UK
BSan Bernado, Brazil
CSaarlouis, Germany / Langley
EGenk / Hailwood
ECork
KRhine, Germany
MReine (USA)
NAmsterdam
NPacheco, Spain
RValencia, Spain / Azambuya

Model Code

The 9th digit of the VIN is the model code, which identifies the vehicle model. Since it only uses letters, each letter may represent several models. Here are some examples from Ford's European offerings.
CodeModel
AEscort. Orion and Focus
BTaunus, Sierra, Cortina, Mondeo and Cougar
DFocus
ECapri, Puma and Probe
FFiesta and Courier
GGranada and Scorpio
JFiesta, Courier and Fusion
RKa
UMaverick
VTransit and Tourneo
WGalaxy

Check Digit

The 10th digit is the check digit, which helps reduce errors during data entry. It is always the same as the 4th digit.

Year of Manufacture

The 11th digit of the VIN represents the year of manufacture. This code alternates between numbers and letters, with some letters like "O" being skipped to avoid confusion with similar-shaped characters.
CodeYear
G1986
H1987
J1988
K1989
L1990
M1991
N1992
P1993
R1994
S1995
T1996
V1997
W1998
X1999
Y2000
12001
22002
32003
42004
52005
62006
72007
82008
92009
A2010
B2011
C2012
D2013
E2014
F2015
G2016
H2017
J2018
K2019
L2020
M2021
N2022
P2023
R2024
S2025

Month of Manufacture

The 12th digit of the VIN represents the month of manufacture. Ford uses four letters for each month, rotating through them every four years. These letters are in order for the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 model years.
MonthCode
JanuaryB, J, L, C
FebruaryR, U, Y, K
MarchA, M, S, D
AprilG, P, T, E
MayC, B, J, L
JuneK, R, U, Y
JulyD, A, M, S
AugustE, G, P, T
SeptemberL, C, B, J
OctoberY, K, R, U
NovemberS, D, A, M
DecemberT, E, G, P

Production Number

Digits 13 to 17 of the VIN represent the production number, which is a serial number unique to the vehicle. Production numbers are reused, but the same number is never used on two vehicles with the same date code.

FORD VIN Decoder Examples

Here are a few examples of FORD VIN numbers, and how decoding them can reveal basic information. You can also uncover a wealth of detailed information, including previous sales photos, odometer reports, salvage status, recalls, and much more in the detailed BADVIN vehicle history reports.
2FMZA51463BA32503 β€” 2003 FORD WINDSTAR (Champagne, Automatic, Gasoline, 3.8L V6 FI OHV F2, Front Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
1FTYR14U37PA08235 β€” 2007 FORD RANGER (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 3.0L V6 FI F, Rear Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
1FTEX18L7VNB94090 β€” 1997 FORD F150 (Green, Unknown, Gasoline, 5.4L V8 FI SOHC 16V F2, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
H0AT151797 β€” 1950 FORD ALL OTHER CUSTOM (, BLACK, , , , )
1FAHP36N56W192370 β€” 2006 FORD FOCUS (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.0L I4 FI DOHC F, Front Wheel Drive, 4 Cyl)
1FTNW21L64EC54233 β€” 2004 FORD F250 (Burgundy, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.4L V8 FI SOHC 16V F2, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
1FTFW1EF4DFB69937 β€” 2013 FORD F150 (White, Unknown, Flexible Fuel, 5.0L V8 FI DOHC 32V NF4, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
1FMFK19537LA89012 β€” 2007 FORD EXPEDITION (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.4L V8 FI SOHC F, Rear Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
1FTEX14N9RKB85552 β€” 1994 FORD F150 (Black, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.0L V8 FI OHV F, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
1FAHP35N08W258912 β€” 2008 FORD FOCUS (Gray, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.0L I4 FI DOHC F, Front Wheel Drive, 4 Cyl)
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Frequently asked questions
A VIN decoder translates the 17-character Vehicle Identification Number into understandable information about the vehicle's specifications and history.
The manufacturing location can be interpreted from the first character of the VIN, which indicates the country of assembly, and sometimes more specific location details are included in the first few characters.
A VIN decoder can uncover discrepancies such as mismatches in reported and actual vehicle specifications, including year, model, and equipment, which can indicate potential fraud or errors in listings.
The last six digits of a VIN are the vehicle's unique serial number, which identifies the specific unit among others from the same model and production line.
A VIN decoder can reveal engine details such as the engine size, configuration, and fuel type, which are encoded in specific characters of the VIN.
You can find your vehicle's VIN on the dashboard on the driver's side, visible through the windshield, and on your vehicle's registration documents.
A VIN decoder can help verify the authenticity of FORD parts by matching them with the vehicle's original specifications listed under its VIN.
A VIN decoder can confirm the safety features originally installed in a FORD, such as airbags, ABS, and stability control systems.
By entering the VIN into a VIN decoder, you can check if there are any recalls specific to that FORD vehicle model and year based on its unique history.
A VIN decoder reveals the vehicle's trim level by decoding specific characters of the VIN that relate to the vehicle's series and equipment levels.
FORD in Vehicles Catalog
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f650
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