How do I find my vehicle’s color code?

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Where is your color code?

Here are the places to look, with the most likely locations listed first.  Look for a sticker in any of these locations:

  1. Driver’s side door jam
    • Simply open the driver’s side door and look at the door jam section toward the bottom, on the door itself. 
  2. Near the VIN number in the windshield
    • From the outside of your vehicle, look on the bottom right of the driver’s side.  This is where you’ll find your VIN number, and in some cases, your color code. 
  3. In the glovebox
  4. Rear driver’s side door jam
  5. Passenger side sun visor
  6. Trunk floor or lid
  7. Spare tire cover / spare tire well

Here’s a quick video to help you find your color code.

For most vehicles, it will be in your driver’s side door jam.

However some cars, especially foreign cars, have other locations where the paint code is located.

If all else fails, just call your local dealer with your VIN and they will let you know.

Online VIN lookup tools do not have paint information – this information is kept private by the car makers, so you will need to call them to ask if you can’t find it on your car.

If you cannot find your color code and are ordering a painted product from us, simply select the “Other / Not Listed” paint code option. We will then get in contact with you to determine your color code.  Alternatively, you may try contacting your local dealership for assistance.

Wait! If you are repairing a body part, like your fender, bumper cover or hood, take a look at our replacement parts.

We ship the same business day, and are much cheaper than most dealerships and body shops. We have a large amount of inventory with over 50,000 replacement parts that ship the same business day – so we likely have what you’re looking to repair.

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Our painted products

We sell a few painted products including: color match fender flarespainted car door moldingsBushwacker painted fender flares and TrueEdge painted fender flares.

Remember, our items are painted brand new.  If your vehicle is a bit older or has sat under the sun for an extended amount of time, your new part may appear newer than the rest of your vehicle.

What is a color code? 

A color code is a unique code, typically 3-6 characters long and a mixture of letters and numbers.  A color code is different than the color name.  A manufacturer may choose to keep the same color name across multiple years (ex. “Smooth Silver”) but may actually change the paint variance making it only slightly lighter or darker from year to year.  If there is any sort of variance in the paint, the vehicle manufacturer will always update the paint code.  This is the reason why we can’t paint a set of fender flares based solely off the color name – we want to make sure that the color is a perfect match using your color code.

Why the color name alone doesn’t matter

It isn’t common practice – but it isn’t uncommon either – for a car manufacturer to use the same color name for different colors.  For example, a car manufacturer may have a color called “Cherry Red” in 2008, but in 2009 they make a slight alteration to the color making it a little bit brighter.  Although they keep the same color name in 2009, and the difference is hard to notice, the actual color may be different.  While the color name will stay the same, the color code will change to reflect the new color designation.

When ordering our painted fender flares, we ask that you select your color based off the code, not the name.  Because we base your paint job on the code, and not the name, we have an extremely high success rate with color matches.

We go by the mantra most of us learned growing up – “Measure twice, cut once.”  Except in the painted fender flare world, it’s “Check twice, paint once.


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