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Free LAND ROVER VIN Lookup & Decoder

Before purchasing a used Land Rover, it's essential to decode the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a unique 17-digit code that holds crucial information about the vehicle's history, specifications, and potential issues. Checking the VIN gives you peace of mind and helps you make an informed decision when buying a pre-owned luxury SUV.

Quick Facts about LAND ROVER

Founded:1948 in Solihull, United Kingdom
Vehicles sold in 2021:87,257 in the United States
Best selling model:Range Rover Sport luxury SUV
Parent company:Jaguar Land Rover (owned by Tata Motors)
Largest market:πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States
Origin:πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ United Kingdom
Land Rover is a British luxury automaker known for its iconic, rugged, and capable SUVs. Founded in 1948, Land Rover has built a reputation for producing vehicles that combine off-road prowess with refined comfort and style. Some of Land Rover's most popular models include the Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender. In 2021, Land Rover sold over 87,000 vehicles in the United States.

How to Decode LAND ROVER 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.
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 Vital Reasons to Check the VIN When Buying a Used Land Rover

Safety Recalls
With over 87,000 Land Rovers sold annually in the U.S., up to 10% may have unresolved safety recalls. A VIN check identifies any open recalls.
Off-Road Damage
Land Rovers are built for off-road adventures, which can lead to hidden damage. Decoding the VIN reveals any accident history or off-road wear and tear.
Maintenance Records
Luxury SUVs like Land Rovers require meticulous maintenance. A VIN check provides detailed service history, ensuring the vehicle has been properly cared for.


World Manufacturer Identifier

The first three digits of a Land Rover VIN are always "SAL", where "S" represents Europe, "A" stands for the United Kingdom, and "L" indicates Land Rover or British Leyland.

Model, Seating, and Trim

The fourth and fifth digits of the VIN identify the model, number of seats, and in some cases, the trim level. Land Rover adds a number to model redesigns, so a Discovery II is the second version of the Discovery.
AEDiscovery III / LR3 SE 7 seat
ADDiscovery III and IV / LR4 HSE 7 seat
AGDiscovery III and IV / LR4 HSE 7 seat
AKDiscovery III and IV / LR4 7 seat
DHDefender 110
DX, DVDefender 90
FPFreelander II / LR2 SE
FRFreelander II / LR2
FSFreelander II / LR2 SE with tech package
HCRange Rover I 108 inch
MERange Rover III
MFRange Rover III HSE
MNRange Rover III
NEFreelander HSE
NYFreelander SE
PVFreelander SE
SFRange Rover Sport
TYDiscovery II
VP, VR, VT or VVEvoque

Body Style

The sixth digit of the VIN represents the body style of the vehicle.
CodeBody Style
13 door wagon or 5 door Defender or Range Rover
25 door or 2 door open top Defender
33 door Defender or Range Rover Classic wagon
A5 door
Bsoft top
C3 door
M5 door


The seventh digit of the VIN indicates the engine. Here is a list of codes for the most popular engines sold in North America.
12.7l turbo diesel or 3.5l V8
23.7l, 2.5l V6 (Freelander,) 3.9 liter (Defender,) or 4.0 liter (Defender)
34.0l or 4.2l V8
44.2l supercharged V8 or 4.6l V8
54.0l V8, 4.4l V8, or 2.5l turbo
64.6l V8
7,82.5l turbo
A4.4l V8
B2.0l turbo
D5.0l V8
C3.0l turbo
F2.5l turbo
M3.9l V8
P4.0l V8
V3.5l V8 with carburetor


The eighth digit of the VIN represents the transmission type.
2Automatic 5 speed (Freelander)
GAutomatic 6 speed

Check digit

The ninth digit of the VIN is a check digit generated by a mathematical formula. This helps prevent data entry errors.

Model Year

The tenth digit of the VIN represents the model year. This character alternates between numbers and letters, with some characters excluded to avoid confusion (e.g., the number "0" and the letter "O"). A 2010 model uses "A" in this position.

Assembly Plant

The eleventh digit of the VIN indicates the assembly plant where the vehicle was manufactured. Modern Land Rovers are built in one of two plants.

Serial Number

The remaining digits of the VIN make up the vehicle's serial number. While serial numbers may be reused, a complete VIN will always be unique to each vehicle.

LAND ROVER VIN Decoder Examples

Here are a few examples of LAND ROVER 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.
SALMF1D47AA315465 β€” 2010 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER (Black, Unknown, Gasoline, 5.0L V8 FI DOHC 32V NF4, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
SALVP2BG1DH830204 β€” 2013 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQU (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.0L I4 FI DOHC 16V NF4, All-Wheel Drive, 4 Cyl)
SALSK2D44DA772621 β€” 2013 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.0L V8 FI DOHC 32V NF4, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
SALVP2BG1FH021742 β€” 2015 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQU (Black, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.0L I4 FI DOHC 16V NF4, All-Wheel Drive, 4 Cyl)
SALSK2D44BA295282 β€” 2011 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT (Blue, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.0L V8 FI DOHC 32V NF4, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
SALNY22214A432811 β€” 2004 LAND ROVER FREELANDER (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.5L V6 FI DOHC 24V F4, All-Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
SALWR2EF8GA557969 β€” 2016 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 5.0L V8 FI DOHC 32V YF4, Four Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
SALWR2VFXFA621301 β€” 2015 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT (White, Automatic, Gasoline, 3.0L V6 FI DOHC 24V YF4, Four Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
SALTY19494A866144 β€” 2004 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY II (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 4.6L V8 FI 16V F2, All-Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
SALTY19404A845358 β€” 2004 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY II (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 4.6L V8 FI 16V F2, All-Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
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Frequently asked questions
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 reveal engine details such as the engine size, configuration, and fuel type, which are encoded in specific characters of the VIN.
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.
Yes, VIN decoding can help in legal situations by providing verified vehicle information, which can be crucial in cases of theft, accidents, or disputes over vehicle identity.
To find the correct VIN, check multiple locations where it is typically displayed, such as the dashboard, driver's door jamb, and vehicle registration documents, ensuring all instances match exactly.
VIN decoding does not directly reveal maintenance history; however, it can identify the vehicle model and year, which you can use to access maintenance records through service databases with the VIN.
While not necessary, decoding a VIN for a routine service appointment can provide the mechanic with precise model information, facilitating accurate service and parts replacement.
VIN decoding can prevent fraud in the sale of LAND ROVER vehicles by ensuring the vehicle's details match those recorded officially, thus confirming its identity and legality.
Yes, a VIN decoder can provide detailed specifications for a used LAND ROVER, including its assembly line specifications like engine details and optional equipment.
A VIN decoder can help you find compatible parts for a LAND ROVER vehicle by identifying the exact model, engine type, and other specifications crucial for parts compatibility.
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