How to read Cadillac VIN numbers?

Nov 20, 2014

The first Cadillac car was made in 1902 and featured one-cylinder engine delivering 10-hp. Over the decades, Cadillac has become the luxury division of General Motors Corp. Reading the VIN number of your Cadillac can give you a lot of essential information about this particular vehicle, including its engine, restrain system, body type, line and series. Furthermore, it can tell you if the car has ever been reported salvage or stolen or has been involved in an accident.

Use our Cadillac VIN lookup tool to find out more about your vehicle or about the vehicle you are considering.

How to locate the Cadillac VIN plate?

You can find the VIN in multiple locations on your Cadillac, but the most common places to find it are:

• Under the driver's side windshield

cadillac vin under windshield

• On the door frame

Cadillac vin on door frame

• On the door post

• On/near the engine

Cadillac vin on engine

• On the steering wheel/column

• In the wheel arch

What does each character of your Cadillac VIN number mean?

1 Character: The first character of Cadillac VIN numbers identifies manufacturing country:

1

2

3

4

5

6

J

K

W

USA

Canada

Mexico

USA

USA

Australia

Japan

Korea

Germany

 

2 Character: The second character of CadillacVIN is used to identify the manufacturer:

8

G

General Motors

General Motors

 

3 Character: This character reveals the division of the car maker where the Cadillac was build.

6

Cadillac

 

4-5 Character: The 4th and 5th characters of Cadillac VIN revealcar line/series:

CB

CD

CG

CS

CT

CZ

DC

DG

Fleetwood (FWD)

Deville (FWD)

Fleetwood Sixty Special (FWD) (Sedan)

Fleetwood Sixty Special (FWD) (Sedan)

DevilleTouring

CommercialChassis

STS

CTS

DM

DN

DP

DW

DW

DX

EL

EL

CTS

CTS-V

CTS

STS

FleetwoodBrougham(RWD)

STS-V

Eldorado

Eldorado ECS

ET

ET

JG

KD

KD

KE

KE

KE

Eldorado ETC

EldoradoTouring

Cimarron

Deville

DTS

DevilleD’Elegance

Deville DHS

DevilleLuxury

KF

KF

KS

KY

VR

VR

VS

YV

DevilleTouring

Deville DTS

Seville SLS

Seville STS

Allante

Catera

Allante

XLR

YX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLR-V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Character: The sixth character of Cadillac VIN represents the body type of the vehicle:

0

1

2

3

4

5

2-Door Hatchback

2-Door Coupe

2-Door Hatchback, SportCoupe

2-Door Convertible

Hatchback

4-Door Sedan

6

6

8

9

 

 

4-Door Hatchback

4-Door Sedan

4-Door StationWagon

4-Door StationWagon

 

 

 

7 Character: The seventhcharactertells you what restraint systemyour Cadillac has:

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

ActiveSeatBelts

Dual Front Airbags w/Active Seat Belts

Dual Front Airbags w/Manual Belts

ManualBelts

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Active

SeatBelts

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags w/Active Seat Belts

Dual Front Airbags w/Manual Belts

Driverside Airbag w/Manual Belts

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

5

5

Dual Front Airbags w/Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags w/Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

w/ManualBelts

AutomaticBelts

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Active

SeatBelts

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Manual Belts

Driverside Airbag w/Automatic Belts

Dual Front & Driver's Side Airbags

w/Manual Belts

5

5

5

6

6

6

6

7

7

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Manual Belts

Dual Front Airbags w/Active Seat Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front Airbags w/Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Active Seat

Belts&PassengerSensor

Dual Front & Side Airbags w/Manual Belts &

PassengerSensor

Dual Front Airbags w/Automatic Belts

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

w/ManualBelts&PassengerSensor

Dual Front, Front & Rear Side Airbags

w/ManualBelts

Dual Front, Side & Head Curtain Airbags

w/ManualBelts

7

8

8

8

9

 

 

 

 

Dual Front, Side &Head Curtain Airbags

w/ManualBelts&PassengerSensor

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts

Dual Front & Head Curtain Airbags

w/Manual Belts & Passenger Sensor

Dual Front, Side &Head Curtain Airbags

w/ManualBelts&PassengerSensor

Dual Front Airbags w/Active Seat Belts &

PassengerSensor

 

 

 

 

 

8 Character: The eights character of your Cadillac VN identifies the vehicle’s engine:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

2.0L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Supercharged

3.9L V6

1.0L 3Cyl Turbo

1.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

1.3L 4Cyl

2.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Turbo

3.9L V6

4.5L V8

1.6L 4Cyl

2.2L 4Cyl

3.8L V6 Supercharged (L62)

1.6L 4Cyl

2.4L 4Cyl Hybrid

5.7L V8

1.0L 3Cyl

1.6L 4Cyl

5.7L V8

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

4.1L V8

• 5.7L V8

8

9

A

B

C

D

E

1.8L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

4.1L V8

4.5L V8

5.7L V8

1.3L 4Cyl

1.5L 4Cyl Turbo

4.6L V8

5.0L V8

2.3L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

4.6L V8

2.4L 4Cyl

4.9L V8

1.6L 4Cyl

2.0L 4Cyl

3.8L V6

4.0L V8

5.3L V8 (LS4)

5.3L V8

2.3L 4Cyl

4.4L V8 Supercharged

3.4L V6

5.0L V8

7.0L V8

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

2.2L 4Cyl DOHC

5.0L V8

5.0L V8

5.7L V8

2.2L 4Cyl

2.0L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

5.0L V8

3.1L V6

5.7L V8

2.0L 4Cyl

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

1.8L 4Cyl

2.5L 6Cyl

3.0L V6

3.8L V6

2.0L 4Cyl Turbo

3.1L V6

 

9 Character: The 9th character is the VIN check digit which is used to ensure that your Cadillac VIN is valid.

10 Character: The tenth character in your Cadillac VIN tells the year of the vehicle production:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

M

N

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

11 Character: The eleventh character in theCadillacVINis the assembly plant code.

1

4

5

7

9

0

B

Oshawa, Canada

Orion, MI

BowlingGreen, KY

Lordstown, OH

Oshawa, Canada

Lansing, MI

Bupyung, SouthKore

F

L

M

S

U

Y

Z

Fairfax, KS

Elizabeth, Australia

Lansing, MI

RamosArizpe, Mexico

Hamtramck, MI

Wilmington, DE

Fremont, CA

Character 12-17: The last six characters (12th to 17th) of your Cadillac VIN number make upa serial number and production or numerical sequence of the car. The serial number begins with 000001 for each year.

What can VINs of older Cadillac tell?

1965 Cadillac Eldorado

The NHTSA standardized a 17-character VIN format in 1981. Prior to this year, Cadillac used 9-digit VIN numbers. The first three digits were used to identify the vehicle’s body style and model year, and the last six digits were production numbersof the vehicle. If you are considering a pre-owned Cadillac, the best way to check the vehicle for issues is to use our Cadillac VIN decoder. Our service will help you avoid buying a lemon and find a car of your dreams.