Although founded in 1993, it would not be until 1958 that the first Toyotas would find themselves in America – in Hollywood, California to be exact. The first year saw 288 vehicles sold – and thus 288 of the very first American Toyota VIN decoding to begin! Alas, the first model in America, the Toyopet was a flop, but the Land Cruiser, known for its durability as an ATV, would sustain Toyota’s sales in America. The first popular Toyota in the United States, however, would not emerge until 1966, when the Corona was introduced and sold 20,000 vehicles. These sales were supplemented with the very successful Corolla, which would go on to make history, becoming the world’s best selling passenger car in all time. Imagine working as a Toyota VIN decoder for all 30 million of the Corollas sold internationally!
A Toyota VIN decoder starts by locating the VIN, which can be found on the driver’s side of the dashboard, looking in from the windshield at the lower right corner. For Toyotas from 1989 to today, you will also find the number to decode a Toyota VIN on the driver’s side doorjamb. The VIN is also located on your insurance documents and vehicle registration card from the DMV.
Toyota also uses VIN stickers on other places on the car, but these can fall off or fade over the years. The possible sticker locations to decode a Toyota VIN are:
- On the radiator support
- Front fenders on both the left and right side, visible from the engine compartment
- On the raised hood’s front edge
- Below the rear hatch
Other locations where a Toyota VIN may be found depend on the make and year. For Toyota passenger cars, Land cruisers, and trucks before 1989, the VIN is stamped onto a plate that is mounted on the firewall inside the engine compartment. On Toyota vans before 1989, the plate is mounted on the body, underneath the carpet underneath the passenger’s seat.