Tesla vehicle VIN number Decoder
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Tesla vehicle VIN number Decoder

The VIN number is the chassis number of a Tesla car and it uniquely identifies a vehicle worldwide. Among other things, the vehicle serial number is also part of the VIN. However, other information can also be read out. The VIN number can be found, for example, in the user profile on Tesla.com, at the bottom of the Tesla mobile phone app, or in the vehicle by clicking on the Tesla logo at the top of the screen. Using the Tesla VIN decoder is easy:

Tesla VIN decoder matrix

The individual digits of the 17-digit number have the following meaning:

  • Digit 1 – 3: Manufacturer code
    • 5YJ = Tesla Inc.
    • SFZ = Roadster, which were manufactured in England
    • LRW = Tesla China
  • Digit 4: Modell
    • R = Roadster
    • S = Tesla Model S
    • X = Tesla Model X
    • 3 = Tesla Model 3
    • Y = Tesla Model Y
  • Digit 5: Chassis Type and “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating” (GVWR)
    • Roadster : E = Convertible
    • Model S : A = 5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
    • Model S : B = 5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
    • Model X : C = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV /5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
    • Model X : D = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV /5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
    • Model 3 : A = 5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
    • Model 3 : B = 5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
    • Model 3 : E = 4 Doors (Left-hand drive) Sedan
    • Model 3 : F = Sedan 4 Door (Model 3, Right-Hand Drive)
  • Digit 6: Belt System
    • 1= Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
    • 3 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (FR)
    • 4 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
    • 5 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints
    • 6 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints
    • 7 = Type 2 manual seatbelts (Front, Rear*3) with Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints & Active Hood
    • 8 = Type 2 manual seatbelts (Front, Rear*2) with Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints & Active Hood
    • A = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*3, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
    • B = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*2, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints
    • C = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*2, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints
  • Digit 7: Type of drive
    • E = Lithium Ion Battery – Electric
    • H = Lithium Ion Battery- High Capacity
    • S = Lithium Ion Battery – Standard
    • V = Lithium Ion Battery – Ultra High Capacity
  • Digit 8: Motor Type
    • 1 = One Motor – 3Phase Alternating current induction
    • 2 = Two Motors – 3Phase Alternating current induction
    • 3 = One Motor Performance – 3Phase Alternating current induction
    • 4 = Two Motors Performance – 3Phase Alternating current induction
    • B = Two Motors – Further details unknown
    • C =  Base A/C Motor, Tier 2 Battery (31-40 kWh)
    • G = Base A/C Motor, Tier 4 Battery (51-60 kWh)
    • N = Base A/C Motor, Tier 7 Battery (81-90 kWh)
    • P = Performance A/C Motor, Tier 7 Battery (81-90 kWh)
  • Digit 9: Check digit
  • Digit 10: Model year
    • 6 = 2006
    • 7 = 2007
    • 8 = 2008
    • 9 = 2009
    • A = 2010
    • B = 2011
    • C = 2012
    • D = 2013
    • E = 2014
    • F = 2015
    • G = 2016
    • H = 2017
    • J = 2018
    • K = 2019
    • L = 2020
    • M = 2021
    • N = 2022
    • P = 2023
  • Digit 11: place of manufacturing
    • 1 = Menlo Park, CA, USA
    • 3 = Hethel, UK
    • C = Shanghai, China
    • F = Fremont, CA, USA
    • P = Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Digit 12-17: Unique serial number

 

Check the vehicle history with the Tesla VIN number

With the VIN number you can find out other things besides these different vehicle details. The company carVertical offers a report on the vehicle history of a used car for all vehicle brands. This report contains the following topics:

  • Mileage: for checking tachograph manipulations
  • Theft: Is this vehicle wanted?
  • Was this vehicle involved in accidents with police report?
  • Was the vehicle used, for example, as a taxi, driving school car, rental car or for delivery services?
  • Technical inspections
  • Has the vehicle already been offered for sale before?
A sample report from carVertical

 

Of course, with a Tesla, manipulation of the speedometer is not an issue, as this is unlikely to be possible. Nevertheless some of the topics are interesting for a Tesla pre-owned car. carVertical obtains the data from various databases, such as garages, state registers, insurance companies, data from fleets of connected cars and many more. Of course, it is also possible that carVertical does not know any information about a certain vehicle.

To create the report, simply type the Tesla VIN in the box below:

 

More information

There are also some Tesla VIN Decoder websites on the Internet to automatically decode the number.

For example the decoder from Teslatap is highly recommended:
https://teslatap.com/vin-decoder/

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