Decode Your BMW VIN

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Research your BMW with our VIN decoder

Enter your BMW's 17-digit VIN above to decode your VIN. We will show your vehicle specification and full vehicle history report, which includes thefts, detailed vehicle records, accidents, titles, and more. This information is compiled by from multiple sources including but not limited to DMVs, police records, insurance database and made public as a free, informational resource.

BMW VIN Number Structure

BMW VIN Structure

BMW VIN numbers are broken down to 9 sections:

  • 1-3rd character - Manufacturer Identifier
  • 4-8th character - Make/Model/Body Type/Trans/Restraint System
  • 9th character - Check Digit
  • 10th character - Model Year
  • 11th character - Assembly Plant
  • 12-17th character - Sequential Production Numbers

We also have a list of BMW's squish VIN information available in the table below. A squish vin is basically the first 11 characters of the full VIN Number. However, it does not contain the 9th character, which is a check digit to check the validity of a VIN number. With squish VIN, you can manually decode your BMW's VIN with just pen and paper. To learn more check out, What is a VIN Number

BMW 1 Series 2012 WBAUC9C5CV
BMW 3 Series 2008 WBAVB7358V
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 2014 WBA3X5C5ED
BMW 4 Series 2014 WBA3N5C5EF
BMW 5 Series 1992 WBAHD231NB
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 2010 WBASP4C5AC
BMW 6 Series 2010 WBAEA5C5AC
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 2014 WBA6B2C5ED
BMW 7 Series 2011 WBAKC8C5BC
BMW 8 Series 1992 WBAEG231NC
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 2014 WBA5E1C5ED
BMW ActiveHybrid 7 2013 WBAYE0C5DD
BMW ActiveHybrid X6 2011 5UXFH0C5BL
BMW Alpina 2003 WBAEJ1343A
BMW M 2001 WBSCN9341L
BMW M3 2005 WBSBR9345P
BMW M5 2002 WBSDE9342C
BMW M6 2008 WBSEH9358C
BMW M6 Gran Coupe 2014 WBS6C9C5ED
BMW X3 2013 5UXWX9C5DL
BMW X5 2007 4USFE4357L
BMW X5 M 2010 5YMGY0C5AL
BMW X6 2014 5UXFG2C5EL
BMW X6 M 2010 5YMGZ0C5AL
BMW Z3 1999 4USCH333XL
BMW Z4 M 2008 5UMBT9358L
BMW Z8 2001 WBAEJ1331A

About BMW

BMW is a German international company which manufactures automobiles and motorcycles. The car-making company was established in 1916 as a maker of aircraft engines, which was manufactured from 1917 until 1918 and again from 1933 to 1945. Cars are marketed under the brands BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini and motorcycles are marketed under the brand BMW Motorrad. In 2015, BMW was the world's 12th largest automobile makers, with 2,279,503 vehicles made. BMW is headquartered in Munich and manufactures vehicles in Germany, China, Brazil, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Since the company was launched, they have made a wide range of models of vehicles. The first car they produced was known as the 'Dixi.' When they first moved into the car-making business, they purchased Automobilwerk Eisenach in 1928. This gave them the rights to make the Dixi car. When the vehicles were first made, they're badged as BMW Dixi. IN 1929, the Dixi name was dropped from the motor vehicle, and an updated model was introduced. This was known as the BMW 3/15 DA-2 and went public in 1929.

While some people believe the BMW logo denotes the spinning propeller of an airplane, alluding to the company's history as plane engine makers, the structure is really a tribute to its roots in Bavaria, Germany. The famous white and blue design mirrors the blue and white pattern on the flag of Bavaria, where the company was launched.

Where to find my VIN Number?

You can find your VIN through the lower right of the windshield, and under the hood of your front engine.

As for Motorcycle VIN, you can lookup your VIN on the motorcycle frame, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires all "two wheelers" or "three wheelers" or ATV to have the VIN displayed on the frame.

You can also do a VIN lookup or VIN number lookup on your insurance card/policy. You can learn more on how to locate your VIN from our guides as shown on the right side.

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