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Old 07-29-2009, 06:37 PM
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Can someone please tell me how to read the VIN. To be exact I need to know the paint code. I know it is "torch red", but I'm trying to get the code so I can get the bumper repainted. Gotta lil ding.
 

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the paint code isnt in the VIN number.

you need to look at the Service Parts ID label, which may be on your driver's door on the edge near the latch... (your year may be different than mine)

your SPID label is likely on the underside of the trunk...

hop on over to www.paintscratch.com to look up your code, which looks like --

Chevrolet codes can be confusing! For example, the color code 96/WA8867 listed on our site can be shown on your vehicle as 96U or 96L or 8867 or WA8867. Often there will be a BC CC before the color code. This stands for Basecoat/Clearcoat. The U in the paint code means the Upper Color and the L means the Lower Color. Two tone vehicles will have each color coded, i.e. 96U and say 36L. Also, it could be 8867L or 8867U.
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Color Color Description Color Code
Galaxy Silver Metallic Clearcoat 12/WA519F
Regal Blue Metallic Clearcoat 27/WA360E
Navy Blue Metallic Clearcoat 28/WA353E
White Clearcoat 40/WA8554
Black Clearcoat 41/WA8555
Medium Green Pri Metallic Clearcoat47/WA9539
Light Sandrift Metallic Clearcoat 49/WA220C
Dark Torreador Metallic Clearcoat 51/WA203C
Dark Bronzemist Metallic Clearcoat 76/WA528F
Flame Red Clearcoat 81/WA8774
Sparkle Silver Metallic (Wheel Color) WA9967
 

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Awesome thanks for the help!
 
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As toasty said, the vin is not where to get the paint code. Its on the service label. Mine happens to be on the trunk lid when you open the trunk...sometimes its in the glove box, or on the door, or in the door jam...
 
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I think it's on a sticker on the trunk lid.
 
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Thanks for all the help. But aside from the paint code not being in the VIN. Does anyone know how to read the VIN for future reference?
 
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I should know how to do this by now, but I always have to refresh myself with a quick trip to google. Hope this helps

How to read a VIN:

1st character- Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured.
For example: U.S.A.(1or 4), Canada(2), Mexico(3), Japan(J), Korea(K), England(S), Germany(W), Italy(Z)

2nd character- Identifies the manufacturer. For example; Audi(A),
BMW(B), Buick(4), Cadillac(6), Chevrolet(1), Chrysler(C), Dodge(B),
Ford(F), GM Canada(7), General Motors(G), Honda(H), Jaquar(A), Lincoln(L), Mercedes Benz(D), Mercury(M), Nissan(N), Oldsmobile(3), Pontiac(2or5), Plymouth(P), Saturn(8), Toyota(T), VW(V), Volvo(V).

3rd character- Identifies vehicle type or manufacturing division.

4th to 8th characters- VDS - Vehicle Descriptor Section. These 5 characters occupy positions 4 through 8 of the VIN and may be used by the manufacturer to identify attributes of the vehicle. Identifies vehicle features such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc.

9th Character - The check digit "character or digit 9" in the sequence of a vehicle identification number (VIN) built beginning with model year 1981 (when the 17 character digit format was established) can best be described as identifying the VIN accuracy.

A check digit shall be part of each vin (since 1981) and shall appear in position
nine (9) of the VIN on the vehicle and on any transfer documents containing
the vin prepared by the manufacturer to be given to the first owner for purposes
other than resale. Thus, the vins of any two vehicles manufactured within a 30
year period shall not be identical. The check digit means a single number or letter
"x" used to verify the accuracy of the transcription of the vehicle identification
number.

After all other characters in the VIN have been determined by the manufacturer
the check digit is calculated by carrying out a mathematical computation
specified. This is based on vin position, sample vin, assigned value code,
weight factor and multiply assigned value times weight factors. The values are added and the total is divided by 11. The remainder is the check digit number.
The correct numeric remainder - zero through nine (0-9) will appear.
However, if the remainder is 10 the letter "X" is used to designate the check
digit value/number.


10th character- Identifies the model year. For example: 1988(J), 1989(K), 1990(L), 1991(M), 1992(N), 1993(P), 1994(R), 1995(S), 1996(T),
1997(V), 1998(W), 1999(X), 2000(Y)------2001(1), 2002(2), 2003(3)

11th character- Identifies the assembly plant for the vehicle.

12th to 17th characters- VIS - Vehicle Identifier Section. The last 8 characters of the VIN are used for the identification a of specific vehicle. The last four characters shall always be numeric. Identifies the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled off the manufacturers assembly line.

here is the link this came from: http://www.vinguard.org/vin.htm
 
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LIke a few have said. Its on a white sticker on you trunk lid. Its the one with all the RPO codes. It will start with BC/CC then with either a WA and 4 numbers, or a U, then 3 numbers and then another letter.

I just looked in my book and if it is Torch Red, then the factory code is WA9075.

Hope this helps.
 
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Originally Posted by AwsomeSS View Post
I think it's on a sticker on the trunk lid.

If your 05 is like mine, the SPID is on the edge of the drivers door (first GM car I have seen with it there) Your 03 is probably on the trunk lid.
 
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Originally Posted by JJsRYD View Post
LIke a few have said. Its on a white sticker on you trunk lid. Its the one with all the RPO codes. It will start with BC/CC then with either a WA and 4 numbers, or a U, then 3 numbers and then another letter.

I just looked in my book and if it is Torch Red, then the factory code is WA9075.

Hope this helps.
it should also be towards the bottom of the sticker, under all of the other RPO codes.
 
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