Vehicle Identification Number - VIN Numbers

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Look up vehicle identification numbers for all car makes and vehicle models, by year, from Kia. Decode VIN number information on the following makes and models:Kia Amanti, Kia Borrego, Kia Forte, Kia Forte Koup, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Kia Rondo, Kia Sedona, Kia Sephia, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Kia Spectra, Kia Sportage

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What is a VIN Number?

A VIN number is a 17 character alpha/numeric serial number unique to each vehicle, by manufacturer, make, model and year. Each character in the VIN number can be decoded to determine where the car was built, what year, which automotive features are included and more. Together, all the VIN numbers create a history about your Kia.

Where To Find The Vehicle Identification Number Tag
How to use this vehicle identification number information to decode your Kia VIN number: First, either find your VIN number on your vehicle registration or car title or in vehicle maintenance records from your dealer. Additionally, you can find the VIN at various locations on your car. Frequently you can find your VIN number in one of the following locations: on the driver's side door jam (sometimes on the passenger's side), under the windshield on the driver's side, near the firewall of the vehicle or on the steering column. Other places to search for a vehicle identification number include various locations under the hood of your car.

Learn how to find a VIN number on your car.

Now that you found your VIN Kia number, you can start to decode your car, truck or automobile. The first character The first character indicates the country where the vehicle was manufactured. The United States has a VIN code of 1 or 4, while countries such as Japan (J) are designated with letters. To decode your VIN number, simply match your VIN characters to the chart below. Search first to find the model year for your car, then, in order to check VIN number to determine your car history details, match the corresponding position of your vehicle ID number to each of the fields below.

VIN Decoder Abbreviations
Here are handy VIN abbreviations. In example, a 2dr, 4WD, conv, LE would convert to a two door, 4 wheel drive, convertible, limited edition. Some of the most common abbreviations: 2 Dr = Two Door | 4 Dr = 4 Door | 4WD = 4 Four Wheel Drive | AB = Air Bag | AT = Automatic Transmission | Auto = Automatic | AWD = All Wheel Drive | Cyl = Cylinder | Conv = Convertible | Cpe = Coupe | Dr = Door or Drive | FWD = Front Wheel Drive | HB = Hatchback | HP = Horsepower | HT = Hard Top | L = Litre | LE = Limited Edition | LWB = Long Wheel Base | MPH = Miles Per Hour | PU or P/U = Pickup | RWD = Rear Wheel Drive | SE = Special Edition | Sed = Sedan | Spd = Speed | Spt = Sport | ST = Standard Transmission | Std = Standard | w/ = with | w/o = with out

IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OR PLATE LOCATION
The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) is stamped on a metal plate. The plate is
attached to the upper left corner of the instrument panel and is visible from outside the
vehicle through the windshield. The number can also be found on a plate located on the
top ledge of the firewall under the hood.
1994-2003
COUNTRY
K = Korea
MANUFACTURER
N = Kia Motors Inc.
VEHICLE TYPE
A = Passenger Car
D = Sport Utility, Van
MODEL
DC = Rio
FA = Sephia 94-97
FB = Sephia 98-01
GD = Optima
JA = Sportage 4x4
JB = Sportage 4x2
JC = Sorento
JD = Sorento
FB = Spectra
UP = Sedona
BODY STYLE
12 = 4 Door Sed
13 = Van
16 = 4 Door Hatchback
62 = 2 Door Sportage
72 = 4 Door Sportage
73 = 4 Door Sorento
SEQUENCE NUMBER
ASSEMBLY PLANT
5 = Asan
5 = Whasung
6 = Soha
MODEL YEAR
R = 1994
W = 1998
2 = 2002
S = 1995
X = 1999
3 = 2003
T = 1996
Y = 2000
V = 1997
1 = 2001
CHECK DIGIT
MISCELLANEOUS CODES
ENGINE
Sephia, Spectra
1 = 1.6 Litre SOHC
1 = 1.8 Litre DOHC
2 = 1.8 Litre DOHC
3 = 1.6 Litre DOHC
3 = 2.0 Litre DOHC
4 = 1.6 Litre DOHC
5 = 1.8 Litre DOHC
Optima
4 = 2.5 Litre V-6
4 = 2.7 Litre V-6
6 = 2.4 Litre 4 Cyl
Rio
3 = 1.5 Litre DOHC
5 = 1.6 Litre DOHC
Sedona
1 = 3.5 Litre V-6
Sorento
3 = 3.5 Litre V-6
Sportage
1 = 2.0 Litre SOHC
3 = 2.0 Litre DOHC
RESTRAINT
1-3 = Passive Auto Belt
4-5 = Dual Air Bag
IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OR PLATE LOCATION
The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) is stamped on a metal plate. The plate is
attached to the upper left corner of the instrument panel and is visible from outside the
vehicle through the windshield. The number can also be found on a plate located on the
top ledge of the firewall under the hood.
2004
COUNTRY/MAKE/VEHICLE/TYPE
KNA = Korea/Korea Motors Inc./
Kia Passenger Car
KND = Korea/Korea Motors Inc./MPV
VEHICLE LINE/SERIES
CD = Rio
DE = Rio
FE = Spectrum
GD = Optima
JC = Sorento 4x4
JD = Sorento 4x2
JE = Sportage 4x4
JF = Sportage 4x2
LD = Amanti
UP = Sedona
BODY TYPE
12 = 4 Dr Sed
12 = 4 Dr Sed 2WD (Spectra)
13 = Van
16 = 5 Dr Sed
16 = 5 Dr Sed 2WD (Spectra)
72 = 4 Dr SUV (Sportage)
73 = 4 Dr SUV (Sorento)
ENGINE TYPE
Amanti
4 = 3.5L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
Optima
6 = 2.4L
8 = 2.7L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
Rio
5 = 1.6L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
Sedona
1 = 3.5L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
Sorento
2 = 2.4L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
3 = 3.5L Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
Spectra
1 = 2.0L BETA Gas, Air Bags & Manual Belts
2 = 2.0L BETA Gas (SULEV), Air Bags & Manual Belts
Sportage
2 = 2.0L Gas, (G4GC) (Federal)
3 = 2.7L Gas, (G6BA)
4 = 2.0L Gas, (G6GC) (California)
SEQUENTIAL NUMBERS
PLANT LOCATION
K = Kwang-ju
5 = Asan
6 = Sohari
11 = Hwasung
MODEL YEAR
4 = 2004
CHECK DIGIT
To be calculated
IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OR PLATE LOCATION
The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) is stamped on a metal plate. The plate is
attached to the upper left corner of the instrument panel and is visible from outside the
vehicle through the windshield. The number can also be found on a plate located on the
top ledge of the firewall under the hood.
2005-2006
COUNTRY
K = Korea
MANUFACTURER
N = Kia Motors Corp.
VEHICLE TYPE
A = Passenger Car
D = MPV
MODEL
D = Rio
F = Spectra
G = Optima
J = Sorento
J = Sportage
L = Amanti
M = Sedona (06)
U = Sedona (05)
* = Rio5, Spectra5
SERIES
B = VQ (Sedona 06)
C = Front Drive, Front Engine (Rio)
C = 4WD (Sorento)
C = EP (Sedona 06)
D = Front Drive, Front Engine (Amanti, Optima)
D = 2WD (Sorento)
E = Front Drive, Front Engine (Spectra) (Rio 06)
E = 4WD (Sportage)
F = 2WD (Sportage)
P = 2WD Drive, Front Drive (Sedona) (05)
BODY TYPE/GVWR
1 = Minivan
3 = 4996-5984 lbs.
7 = 4 Dr SUV
12 = 4 Dr Sedan 2WD
13 = Coach & GVWR 2271-2720 kg (Sedona 06)
16 = 5 Dr Wagon 2WD
23 = Long Coach & GVWR 2271-2720 kg (Sedona 06)
72 = 4 Dr Utility Vehicle
73 = 4 Dr Utility Vehicle
SEQUENCE NUMBERS
PLANT LOCATION
5 = Whasung
6 = Soha
7 = Kwangju
MODEL YEAR
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
CHECK DIGIT
to be calculated
VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL
The Vehicle Certification Label is affixed to the left-hand door jamb. The upper half of the
label contains the name of the manufacturer, day, month and year of manufacture, Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), and the certification
statement. The Vehicle Certification Label also contains the Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN). Following the VIN is the vehicle type, exterior paint color, body type, vinyl roof code,
moulding color, interior trim color, tape stripe code, radio type, sunroof/moonroof code,
transaxle ratio, transaxle type.
ENGINE TYPE/RESTRAINT
Amanti
4 = 3.5L Gas, Air Bags &
Manual Belts
Optima
6 = 2.4L
8 = 2.7L Gas, Air Bags &
Manual Belts
Rio
5 = 1.6L (DOHC), Dual Air Bags (05)
* = 1.6L (DOHC), Dual Air Bags (06)
Rio5
* = (DOHC 4 Cyl), Dual Air Bags
* = (DOHC) Air Bags & Manual Belts
Sedona
1 = 3.5L Dual Air Bags &
Manual Belts (Federal) (05)
2 = 3.5L Dual Air Bags &
Manual Belts (California) (05)
3 = 3.8L V6 (06)
Sorento
3 = 3.5L Dual Air Bags
Spectra
1 = 2.0L Dual Air Bags
2 = 2.0L (SULEV), Dual Air Bags
Spectra5
1 = 2.0L Dual Air Bags
* = 2.0L (SULEV), Dual Air Bags &
Manual Belts
Sportage
2 = 2.0L (Federal), Dual Air Bags
3 = 2.7L Dual Air Bags
4 = 2.0L (California), Dual Air Bags
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