Deciding GM vin number

chevrolet
equinox

#1

I am looking at the vin number on a chevy equinox to look up recalls, the number starts 2GNA and then has an alien character that is not in the English set. It’s a sloping vertical line top left down to bottom right, at the base is a horizontal shorter line. It’s almost like an upside down capital T with a sloping vertical line. Any ideas what this is meant to be? I put it in to a chevy vin number website as an I or a t , both brought up the wrong vehicle.


#2

Your title also has the vin number. Compare it to the vin tag.


#3

From what I see, that character defines the series, and could be an “S”. Since “S” contains a sloping downward line right to left, maybe it is just the printer had a problem and only a partial “S” got printed.


#4

I looked at the VIN on six Equinox SUVs advertised by a local dealer and the fifth character is an “L” on each. The letter “I” is not used in a VIN.


#5

Here’s the offending letter


#6

Ok - it’s an L - thanks for the replies


#7

Those letters/numbers are very stylized, which leads to errors. A very bad decision on the part of GM.

That is not the place where you want stylized text, and they should have realized that !!!


#8

Perhaps it’s done to make falsifying more difficult?
CSA


#9

The stylized lettering for L may make it easier or more accurate for a computer to read.


#10

Does your registration have the VIN number on it? I’d use that one.


#11

doesn’t matter, most of the time the number is read by humans, and that should be the most important. That “L” is definitely not readable by a human.


#12

Not when the car is being built and THAT is the only thing that matters to GM.


#13

I’d have to go up and take a look but seems to me they have a bar code under the VIN for computer reading. When you return a rental they just scan it without opening the door or anything. Maybe they have an RFID chip in it or something but think they just scan the VIN.


#14

That looks like a printers mistake to me. OP should show this to the dealership next time in the area. I expect GM managements wants to know that a vin printer’s problem has made it to the field.


#15

General Motors has been using that font for more than 20 years, better adapt to it. This is a 1995 Chevrolet;


#16

Depends on the brand of vehicle

When I’m doing smogs, I scan the vin bar code

On GM vehicles, it’s on top of the dash, I can scan through the glass

On Ford, I have to open the door, because the vin bar code is on the door post. They don’t have a bar code on top of the dash. Not any of our fleet’s Fords, in any case

I mentioned those 2 brands, because they’re probably the most common in our fleet


#17

hmm … all the other characters are perfectly readable, a little stylized, but still not ambiguous at all what they are. I wonder why they did the weird thing just to the “L”. Had Nevada pointed the L thing out in his earlier post, I expect the OP would have found that helpful.


#18

Then I may be mistaken but it was Ford rental that we returned and the guy scanned something and had my receipt before I even opened the door.


#19

I think I read somewhere vins do not contain I’s or O’s. For obvious reasons.


#20

Looks like GM doesn’t want any vertical lines in the VIN…probably for the scanner.