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VIN Information & Decoders
VINs outside North America, and the VINs found stamped into the rain tray of all Cabriolets, contain four "Z"s. For North American Cabriolets, these are merely filler digits. The rain tray VINs were standard issue as the cars rolled off the initial phase of the assembly line; the only difference between these standard-
For example, if 30,000 Cabriolets were built for the 1985 model year, the first Cabriolet built for that year would have WVWZZZ15ZFK000001, while the last 1985 Cabriolet would have a WVWZZZ15ZFK030000 stamped into the rain tray. As the cars went through final assembly, they received their official, individual VINs based on their destination; it was at this time that North American Cabriolets obtained their non-
If you doubt the above information, it was all verified by Volkswagen AG: click here to see the official letter. (Thank you so much to Gail W. for providing this letter and its translation! Gail had an issue in being able to transport her Cabriolet from Germany to the USA because of the VIN "discrepancy". This letter was issued to Gail from Volkswagen AG, providing official verification regarding the "Z" information outlined above.)
Many times parts are dependent upon your car's chassis number, which is VIN-
The "15" is not always used. The "To E-
In the Cabriolet's era, UK registration (license/number) plates were issued year identifiers based on when the cars were first registered, which did not always occur when the cars were initially bought. These registration year identifiers are letters. The UK's registration method can create some confusion when it comes to the car's model year. For instance, let's say (for example's sake) that a 1985 White Edition was not bought until September 30, 1985; it was a leftover that is now sitting with new 1986 models at the dealer and offered at a steep discount that couldn't be passed up. The owner registered the car a week later on October 7, 1985. We now have a 1985 model year car that has what is, technically, a 1986 model year registration identifier on it. Thus, saying simply "I have a C-
Step 1: Assign numerical values to all digits. Numbers 1-
A = 1 J = 1 T = 3
B = 2 K = 2 U = 4
C = 3 L = 3 V = 5
D = 4 M = 4 W = 6
E = 5 N = 5 X = 7
F = 6 P = 7 Y = 8
G = 7 R = 9 Z = 9
H = 8 S = 2
Step 2: Assign a weight value to each digit based on its position.
Step 3: Multiply each digit's numerical value by its weight value.
Step 4: Add the results (products) from step 3 and divide by 11. The resulting remainder is the VIN check digit; if the remainder is 10, the check digit becomes an "X" in the VIN.
In the above example, the result is 346 / 11 = 32 with remainder of 5. The 5 is the VIN check digit.
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