Finding Your Color CodeIn order to guarantee the accuracy of your color, you must find your vehicle color code. The vehicle color code describes your color exactly so finding it is important. When you bring up the list of colors for your vehicle, you will see a page that looks like this:
Color Code Example
|2000 Acura Integra (EXAMPLE) Locate Color Identification Plate|
|Color||Color Description||Color Code|
|Voltage Blue Metallic Clearcoat||B-97M|
|Clover Green Pearl Clearcoat||G-95P|
(The sample above is taken when you choose a 2000 Acura Integra. There are actually more colors to choose from then just these for this model.)
The link shown, "Locate Color Identification Plate" will have a diagram of where to find the color code for your vehicle. You will notice on this page that for models past 1995, the page is divided into Domestic and Foreign. Just locate your car in the appropriate table and look at where the color code should be on your car. Some cars have always put the color code in one location. Other car manufacturers place the code in odd places and you may have to check several locations. You are looking for a plate, sticker, decal or stamped into the body somewhere. Just look at the diagrams closely and you will find it! Consider finding your color code like an Easter Egg Hunt!
On most vehicles, locating the color code is easy. However, some cars, (like the Audi A4 where it is hidden underneath the trunk carpet in the spare tire compartment on the right side!) will be challenging. Take the time to locate your color code, it's absolutely critical. Please read the section on Choosing colors for more information.
Where to Locate Your Color Code
If you wish to see where your color code is, select your year below and click the Find Code button below.
Notes on color codes for different vehicle makes:
Acura/Honda - Easy color id plate right on the drivers door jamb. Many Acuras and Hondas have a factory code which makes a difference in the color.
More information on the factory code
More information on:
Acura Paint Codes
Honda Paint Codes
Audi - Hidden around the spare tire on a paper tag and can often be loose or folded over.
More information on Audi Paint Codes.
BMW - Usually underneath the hood by the strut towers.
More information on BMW Paint Codes.
Chrysler - (AMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Plymouth) - Their color code is in the format of PS2 QS2 where the color code is S2 and the "P", "Q", (could be other letters here such as G, T, etc) is just a year code and has nothing to do with the color code at all.
You may also see PNT before the color code which just means Paint and is not part of the color code.
More information on:
AMC Paint Codes
Chrysler Paint Codes
Dodge Paint Codes
Jeep Paint Codes
Plymouth Paint Codes
Ford - (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury) Always on the drivers door jamb, but often they will have the color code above where it
says "Exterior Paint Code". The code shown below Exterior Paint Code is usually not the correct paint code.
Look for a two character code. Also, you may see CC Met on the color plate which means Clearcoat Metallic and is not
part of the color code. Occasionally they emboss the color code right in the middle of the sticker. The important thing here is to first
look at our colors, make an educated guess which color is correct and then locate that code on the color plate.
More information on:
Ford Paint Codes
Lincoln Paint Codes
Mercury Paint Codes
GM - (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Geo, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn): GM has a fairly confusing code system. For example, the color code 96/WA8867 listed on our site can be shown on your vehicle as: 96U 96L 8867 WA8867 8867L 8867U. 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 8834U, etc. Just don't get confused by the BC CC and the U and L. What you are looking for is a match on your color plate that matches at least part of what we show on our site.
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Buick Paint Codes
Cadillac Paint Codes
Chevrolet Paint Codes
GMC Paint Codes
Hummer Paint Codes
Oldsmobile Paint Codes
Pontiac Paint Codes
Saturn Paint Codes
Hyundai - Usually on the drivers door jamb.
More information on: Hyundai Paint Codes
Infiniti - Always on the drivers door jamb. Easy to match up with our colors.
More information on: Infiniti Paint Codes
Jaguar - Usually on the drivers door jamb, but in older models, it can be under the hood, trunk, etc.
More information on: Jaguar Paint Codes
Kia - Usually on the drivers door jamb, but in older models, it can be under the hood, trunk, etc.
More information on: Kia Paint Codes
Land Rover - Usually on the drivers door jamb or under the hood.
More information on: Land Rover Paint Codes
Lexus - Has the color code on the drivers door jamb in the format i.e. CTR:1C8/FB13 which is color code 1C8. The CTR stands for Color and Trim. Next is the color code 1C8. At the end is the trim code, in this case FB13 which is not part of the color code. Our site lists many of the two tone combinations so take a look at your year, make and model.
More information on: Lexus Paint Codes
Mazda - On the drivers door jamb, but in older models, it can be under the hood, trunk, etc.
More information on: Mazda Paint Codes
Mercedes - Located by the radiator. Right in the middle of a bunch of numbers. We get more emails from Mercedes owners due to the confusing color code markings. First look at the colors shown on our site and write down the the most probable color codes. Now, try to find this grouping of numbers on your vehicle. Some Mercedes have DB in front of the color code, but most do not.
More information on: Mercedes Paint Codes
Mini - Usually underneath the hood by the strut towers or by the driver door hinge.
More information on Mini Paint Codes
Mitsubishi - Under the hood or on the drivers door jamb.
More information on: Mitsubishi Paint Codes
Nissan - Always on the drivers door jamb. Easy to match up with our colors.
More information on: Nissan/Datsun Paint Codes
Porsche - Usually around the spare tire, but it can also be on the drivers door jamb, under the hood, trunk, etc. The only place they don't put the color code is inside the transmission but maybe next year! Again, determine the most likely code by looking at the colors on our site and then try to locate this code on your vehicle.
More information on: Porsche Paint Codes
Subaru - Usually underneath the hood by the strut towers.
More information on: Subaru Paint Codes
Suzuki - Puts their color codes all over the place so check the diagrams we have on our site.
More information on: Suzuki Paint Codes
Saab - Usually on the drivers door jamb.
More information on: Saab Paint Codes
Scion - Usually on the drivers door jamb.
More information on: Scion Paint Codes
Toyota - Has the color code on the drivers door jamb in the format i.e. CTR:1C8/FB13 which is color code 1C8. The CTR stands for Color and Trim. Next is the color code 1C8. At the end is the trim code, in this case FB13 which is not part of the color code. Our site lists many of the two tone combinations so take a look at your year, make and model.
More information on: Toyota Paint Codes
Volkswagen - Hidden around the spare tire on a paper tag and can often be loose or folded over.
More information on: Volkswagen Paint Codes
Volvo - Usually underneath the hood towards either side.
More information on: Volvo Paint Codes
winnebago - Check out this link as it lists colors of Winnebago, Itasca, Rialta and ERA motorhomes
Other Vehicles Makes
For Austin, Fiat, MGB, Peugeot, Rover, Triumph, etc., you should look in all the usual places: Door jambs, underneath the hood, trunk lid around the spare tire and occasionally in some very unlikely places!
Typically interior colors are a vinyl paint in late model vehicles.. Older vehicles with metal interiors use the same paint used on the exterior. Interior colors are not color coded on the vehicle anywhere so you have two choices. You can borrow our color books or you can also go by a body shop with interior color chips and have them tell you what color code you have. Once we know the color code, we can make the paint.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
We ask for the VIN to help us match your paint. However, the VIN does not give us your color code! It only gives us any paint formula variance in an existing color code. Make sure you have found the color code on your vehicle.
For more information on paint colors, visit Choosing Paint Colors.
If you have any questions, please contact us.