The first character vehicle identification number (VIN) serial number identifies the country from which the vehicle was manufactured.
First vehicle identification number digit: U.S.A.(1 or 4), Canada (2), Mexico (3), Japan (J), Korea (K), England (S), Germany (W), Italy (Z)
Second vehicle identification number digit specifies the manufacturer. Audi (A), BMW (B), Buick (4), Cadillac (6), Chevrolet (1), Chrysler (C), Dodge (B), Ford (F), GM Canada (7), General Motors (G), Honda (H), Jaguar (A), Lincoln (L), Mercedes Benz (D), Mercury (M), Nissan (N), Oldsmobile (3), Pontiac (2 or 5), Plymouth (P), Saturn (8), Toyota (T), Volvo (V).
Third vehicle identification number digit indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
Fourth through eighth vehicle identification number digit reveals the vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc.
The ninth vehicle identification number digit is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous VIN numbers. This is how the check digit works
Assign to each number in the VIN its actual mathematical value and assign to each letter the value specified for it in the following chart: