A VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number
, is a unique code that is assigned to each individual vehicle. The GMC VIN is designated for each vehicle unit built by General Motors. It follows a specific format that consists of 17 digits or alphanumeric characters. This format is standardized globally to ensure consistency in identifying vehicles across various jurisdictions.
The GMC VIN consists of three main sections:
World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)
: The first three characters of the GMC VIN identifies the manufacturer and country of origin of the vehicle. For GMC vehicles, the WMI typically begins with “1G” and indicates that the vehicle was manufactured by General Motors.
Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS)
: The fourth through the eighth characters provide information about the vehicle’s attributes, such as the model, body style, engine type, and restraint system.
Vehicle Identification Section (VIS)
: The remaining characters, from the ninth to the seventeenth position, are commonly referred to as the sequential production number. This section helps track the vehicle’s production sequence, distinguishing it from other vehicles manufactured by GMC.
By decoding the VIN, manufacturers, dealers, and individuals can acquire various information about a GMC vehicle, including its specifications, manufacturing details, and service history.