You can easily conceal scratches or blemishes on your vehicle by retouching them with the original paint colour. Look for the colour code listed on the vehicle information sticker in your car to match this paint colour exactly. Alternatively, you can determine your car’s colour code by locating the vehicle information number (VIN), which is a serial number found in vehicle documentation. To obtain an exact match for your car’s paint, provide a paint vendor with your car’s colour code or VIN.
Method 1 Locating the Color Code in Your Car
1. Inside your vehicle, look for the automobile information sticker. Since the 1980s, most cars have included a sticker with identifying information about the vehicle. This sticker typically includes a bar code and lists the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the date and country of manufacture and other pertinent information. Check your owner’s manual to see where the information sticker is located in your vehicle, or look for it:
On the inside of your door jamb
On the inside of your car door
On the driver side interior dash
Under the hood at the front of the engine
In the rear wheel well, directly above the tire
2. On the information sticker, look for the exterior paint colour codes. The codes for your car’s paint colours will be clearly labelled “VIN” in some vehicles. Scan the information on the sticker for codes that are specific to paint or colour. These codes can be further subdivided into body colour and trim colour, which are sometimes different.
The number of letters or numbers in the specific colour codes will differ depending on the manufacturer.
3. If you don’t see the words “paint” or “colour,” look for a “C” code. The paint colour codes on some vehicles will only be identified by an abbreviation or shorthand. Look for the letter “C,” which denotes colour. You may also see the abbreviation “Tr” to indicate the colour of your car’s trim.
Method 2 Finding Your Car’s Vehicle Identification Number
1. On your vehicle title, look for the 17-character VIN. When you buy a car, the legal document that lists you as the owner is the vehicle title. This document will include vital information about your vehicle, such as the model, year of manufacture, and current licence plate number. Locate your vehicle’s title and look for a code made up of 17 letters and numbers.
If your vehicle was manufactured before, it may have fewer characters in its VIN.
2. The VIN can be found on your vehicle registration certificate. Your registration certificate proves that you own and are registered to your vehicle. This document contains information about the driver and the vehicle, such as the vehicle’s make and model, as well as the year it was manufactured. After these other car details, look for the VIN.
Before a car can be driven on public roads, it must be registered.
3. Examine your insurance documents to see if your VIN is listed. When you insure your vehicle, you must provide the insurance company with information about it. As a result, your VIN should be listed on your insurance policy and may appear on insurance documents sent to you in the mail. Examine your car insurance documents for the 17-character VIN.
If you can’t find your paperwork, contact your insurance company for assistance.
4. If you’ve had work done on your car, look through your repair records. Knowing your vehicle identification number (VIN) allows mechanics to learn specifics about how your vehicle was built and what parts were used in its construction. Look for the VIN on any repair receipts or records you may have. For reference, the number can be written on these documents.
You should keep copies of your car repair records to demonstrate that you did your part to keep your vehicle in good condition if you ever want to sell it.
5. To decode your VIN, contact your car dealership or manufacturer. Your vehicle’s VIN contains enough identifying information to locate its specific colour code. Ask your car dealership or manufacturer if they can provide you with your car’s colour code by phone or email. Give them your complete VIN number as well as any other information they may require, such as your name and contact information.
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