If you’re interested in decoding a Ram VIN number, it can provide valuable information about the vehicle.
1st-3rd characters: World Manufacturer Identifier – These are the first three digits in the VIN. The first digit, the country of origin, indicates the country in which the vehicle was manufactured. For example, 1 stands for the United States. The 2nd and 3rd characters, which are the manufacturer and vehicle brand respectively, specify the manufacturer and brand of the vehicle. In this case, it would represent Ram Trucks.
4th-8th characters: Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS) – The part that specializes in decoding the engine type and size from VIN number. It also provides information about the vehicle’s specifications, such as body style, dimensions, trim level, engine, transmission, and others.
9th character: Check Digit – Generally grouped under VDS section. A mathematical calculation used to verify the accuracy of the VIN.
10th character: Model Year – Typically grouped under VIS. Represents the Ram model year identification number (or the year in which the vehicle was manufactured). For instance, A would signify the year 1980, while Y would indicate the year 2000.
11th character: Assembly Plant – Sometimes mentioned as part of VIS. It Identifies the right manufacturing plant location code interpretation; it refers to a specific assembly plant where the vehicle was built.
12th-17th characters: Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS) – Uniquely identifies the individual vehicle, including production sequence numbers and optional features.