Ford VIN Decoder

Free Ford VIN Decoder & Lookup

Lookup and Decode Any Ford VIN Number and Get a Free Vehicle History

Run a free Ford VIN Decoder online to get all the information about your vehicle. offers VIN decoder for Ford vehicles to check everything from vehicle body and drive type to fuel tank capacity to vehicle safety rating. This service is a free Carfax report alternative and contains vital information about your vehicle. Simply enter a VIN below and click on the Decode VIN button to start your vehicle research.

What Can I Do with a Ford VIN?

With a VIN or vehicle identification number, you can get valuable information about a Ford vehicle: specifications, history, recalls, and, in some cases, where to find parts and accessories. The VIN is usually provided by sellers in online marketplaces. You can also find it on the inside frame or jamb of the driver-side front door, the dashboard near the base of the windscreen (driver’s side) or on a plate secured to an area on the chassis. Make sure that the VIN on the vehicle matches the VIN on the vehicle registration or insurance documents.

How to Decode a Ford VIN?

Check out the VIN decoding diagram below to see how each digit or section in the 17-digit string is decoded.

Ford VIN Decoder

Each character or set of characters within a Ford VIN indicates specific vehicle information including the vehicle’s model and model year, make, where it was manufactured, and more. The ISO standard VIN has been used starting with model year 1981. The VIN does not include the letters O (o), I (i), and Q (q) which look like numerals 0, 1, and 9.

Here is a sample Ford VIN, 1FDXF46S12EC58316, which we have decoded using the diagram above and the Ford decoding chart.

    • 1 = Country of manufacture (United States)
    • F = Manufacturer (Ford)
    • D = Vehicle Type (Incomplete Vehicle)
    • X = Restraint Type
    • F46 = Model (Ford F-Series, F-450, Regular Cab, 2WD)
    • S = Engine Type (6.8 SOHC SEFI V10; Gasoline 275HP)
    • 1 = Security Code
    • 2 = Model Year (2002)
    • E = Plant (Kentucky, USA)
    • C58316 = Production Sequence’s free Ford VIN decoder instantly provides more than the vehicle specifications mentioned above. It includes a full Ford vehicle history with these details:

  • market value
  • equipment details
  • fuel efficiency
  • safety rating
  • current warranty
  • recalls and defects

How to Lookup Ford Recall by VIN?

To check if a Ford has an open recall  in the past 15 calendar years, you can run’s VIN Recall Tool for Ford or check from the official Ford website:

Approximately 36,000 Ford vehicles equipped with defective Takata air bags are under recall. The recall covers the 2006 model year Ford Ranger vehicles. According to the recall, the airbag inflators pose a higher risk of exploding in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles are being recalled to replace faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Visit the NHTSA website for additional information on Takata airbag inflator recall issue or contact Ford Customer Relationship Center in the United States at 866-436-7332.

Ford also notifies all vehicle owners about any recall. The local Authorized Dealer will repair recalled vehicles free of charge.

How to Lookup Ford Parts and Accessories by VIN?

Search by VIN and find the right part for any Ford vehicle at the Ford online store whether you’re looking for a set of brake discs, oil filters or fly wheels. Ford produces high quality original parts that are designed to fit and enhance your Ford vehicle perfectly.

Resources for Ford Vehicle Owners

Why should I use a Ford VIN Decoder?

  1. Check for basic vehicle data available prior to purchase.
  2. Check for the vehicle’s build to know the matching parts in case of replacement or repair.
  3. Check for consistency of vehicle information from vehicle documents or disclosed by the seller.
  4. Check for fake VIN or cloned VIN. Look out for red flags indicating that the VIN is not for the car or the vehicle you are buying.

Check out resources on Ford which could be important to you as an owner or as a buyer. For more interesting facts about Ford, Ford vehicles or to get a free Ford vehicle history report, visit our Ford VIN Check page or run license plate number lookup.

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