A free BMW VIN decoder allows you to look up options, model, year, engine, transmission, and specifications. Also, you can check the title records and accidents by clicking Check History.
To check what engine, transmission, and options are installed on your vehicle use this free online VIN Decoder Tool.
How to decode BMW VIN
Position 1 - Country
The first position in the VIN shows the country where the BMW was assembled. This is W for Germany. If your BMW were manufactured in the US, your BMW VIN would start with 5.
5 - USA
Position 2 - Manufacturer
This number tells you about the manufacturer of your car.
B - BMW manufactured in Germany
U or Y - BMW manufactured in the US.
Position 3 - Division
It provides information on the division. If the manufacturer has multiple divisions, this number helps pinpoint which one produced your car. BMW VIN will typically have X or A.
Position 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 VDS
Codes for BMW engine, transmission, and vehicle specs.
Position 9 - Check Number
This is used to verify if the VIN is valid. A formula developed by the DOT generates this number.
Position 10 - Year of Production
Position 11 - Factory
This indicates the plant where the vehicle was assembled. BMW has its own specific codes as follows:
A, F, K - Munich (Germany)
B, C, D, G - Dingolfing (Germany),
E, J, P - Regensburg (Germany)
H, N - Rosslyn, South Africa
L, M - Spartanburg (USA)
R - Toluca Mexico
S - Shenyang, China
T - Oxford, England (Mini)
U - Goodwood, UK (Rolls-Royce)
V - Leipzig (Germany)
W - Magna Steyr, Graz (Austria)
X, Y, Z - Berlin Germany
Position 12 -17
Position twelve through seventeen shows the serial number of the car. Often indicates a sequence that helps the manufacturer when and where the car came off the assembly line. MAKE is allowed to choose any six-digit number they like as this number is not standardized.
BMW VIN Number Location
BMW cars have the VIN stamped in several locations. Here is where you can find the VIN of your BMW.
Lower left corner of the windshield.
Stamped on the top of the front suspension strut housing.