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Finding Paint Code – How to on Toyota Vehicles

Where do I find my paint code for touch up paint?

To find your late model Toyota paint code is easy: Look for the black or white door sticker which contains your vehicles VIN (vehicle identification number). This sticker will be on the driver’s door jamb, not the door itself. When you look at the sticker look to the bottom left, you will see the letters C/TR. Beneath or to the side of them you will find a 3 digit code then another code. The first 3 digit code is your color code. Easy! mobil usaha

Just some side info on VIN stickers:

The first three digits or “characters” are the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI) this helps tell where the car or truck was made. A lot of folks used to check the VIN on Toyota cars for the “J” in the VIN to make sure they were getting a Japanese Toyota

The first character tells the nation of origin, or the final point of assembly. Instance, cars made in the U.S. start with 1, 4 or 5, Canada is 2, Mexico is 3 and Japan is J.

The second character is “T” for the manufacturer: Toyota.

The third character indicates the vehicle’s type or manufacturing division. Different codes for different factories.

Vehicle Descriptor Section:

Characters four through nine are the Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS).

Characters four through eight tell you about the car or truck, things like model, body type, safety restraint system, transmission type, and engine code.

Character nine, the “check” digit, is used to detect invalid VINs based on a way complicated mathematical formula that was developed by the US Dept of Transportation.

Vehicle Identifier Section:

Digits 10 through 17 make up the Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS).

Character ten tells the model year. The letters from B-X correspond to the model years starting with 1981, with X bringing up the rear with 2000; model years 2001 and up are indicated with numbers, starting with the number 1. There is no I, O, Q, U or Z. Confused? Here’s a list of the model years: B=81, C=82, D=83, E=84, F=85, G=86, H=87, J=88, K=89, L=90, M=91, N=92, P=93, R=94, S=95, T=96, V=97, W=98, X=99, Y=00, 1=01, 2=02, 3=03, 4=04, 5=05, 6=06, 7=07, 8=08, 9=09, A=2010.

The letter or number in position 11 tells which manufacturing plant in which the vehicle was assembled. Each automaker has its own set of plant codes.

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