How to Find the Paint Code and Interior Trim Code on Your Volkswagen or Audi!

When we sell body parts and interior parts we always recommend to our customers that they match the paint or trim codes off of their vehicle to the codes from our vehicle.  You might be surprised just how many color variations both in paint and interior trim colors were used by Volkswagen and Audi.  (Volkswagen is Audi's parent company, meaning Audis are fancy Volkswagens, built by the same company.  If I am speaking of Volkswagen in this post, it most likely applies to Audi as well unless otherwise noted)

Of course you can paint body parts to match your car, but we know it saves you time and money if you can find a replacement part already painted the right color.  Here at East Coast we will always make the effort to help our customers get the right part they need and will provide paint and interior trim codes whenever possible.

This is a general guide of where to locate the paint and trim codes for your Volkswagen.  We do not have a list of the coinciding names for the colors - but if you are at least able to match the numbers when purchasing a part you will take the guess work out of trying to match colors. 

Below I have listed a few examples of Volkswagens and Audis we have in inventory. The location of the paint/trim sticker is almost always in the exact same area on a newer Volkswagen.   It's been that way for a while now, so unless you have  an oldie, this should apply to you.  Your sticker should be able to be found in the trunk area under the trunkmat.  Very often it's located on the side of the spare tire well.  Sometimes it will be on the floor next to the spare, or even on the backside of the pull out carpet/ floor panel.  See examples below.  If not in one of these places I have shown, just poke around back there, it shouldn't be far!


First, we'll start off with this 2001 Passat wagon:

01 PASSAT WAGON

If you own a Passat, you may recognize this; this is the trunk of an 01 Passat wagon

What you may not have noticed is that sticker peeking out from behind the spare tire.  Not exactly the first place you might look when trying to find a paint code.

What you may not have noticed is that sticker peeking out from behind the spare tire. Not exactly the first place you might look when trying to find a paint code.


This is what the sticker looks like up close.  There is a lot of useful information to be found here, everything from the model, engine size, options, and what we're looking for- the paint code and interior trim code.  In the case if this Passat, it looks like the paint code is LC6M and the interior is YU.

This is what the sticker looks like up close. There is a lot of useful information to be found here, everything from the model, engine, options, and what we're looking for- the paint code and interior trim code. In the case of this Passat, it looks like the paint code would be LC6M and the interior is YU. There is both English and German, since after all this is a German car. Don't get confused by all the strange extra abbreviations, look hard enough and its easy to find the info you're after.



Next we have a 1997 A4:

Here we have a 97 A4 sedan.  It looks like this trunk gets a little wet!  This sticker is basically in the same exact place as the Passat, but its on the other side of the spare.  It's still on the side of the spare tire well, but to the right instead of on the left side.   On this car the paint code is LY7M and the trim code is NOC/QL.  The slash with two codes is just more specific to this vehicle's interior, some cars have this and some do not.

Here we have a 97 A4 sedan. It looks like this trunk gets a little wet! This sticker is basically in the same exact place as the Passat, but its on the other side of the spare. It's still on the side of the spare tire well, but to the right instead of on the left side. On this car the paint code is LY7M and the trim code is NOC/QL. The slash with two codes is just more specific to this vehicle's interior, some cars have this and some do not.


Next we'll check out a 1998 A6 wagon:

98 A6 WAGON

Any Audi owners seen this before? This is in the back of a 98 A6 wagon.

98 A6 WAGON-2

In the trunk you'll find this tab to pull. That will bring up the removable carpet/ floor panel that covers the spare tire. Yank it right out of there (note, it may be a little easier for you if the rear facing third row seat is folded up and not in your way like mine!)

98 A6 WAGON-3

So now that you've pulled the tab and flipped the panel over, you'll see a sticker in the corner. I bet you can guess what we'll find on there!

98 A6 WAGON-4

The paint code is LZ5T and the trim code is NOK/HE.


Now take a look at this 2008 Rabbit:

This is a new 08 Rabbit.  A lot of trunk space, right?

This is the back of a new 08 Rabbit. A lot of trunk space, right?


08 RABBIT-2

Under the lift up floor panel in this car (which stays out of the way so nicely by hanging on the hook) we have our nifty little styrofoam tool storage compartments that double as a false bottom floor to better fit the full size spare. Pull that right out! It may be a little tricky to wiggle loose because they sort of wedge it in there under the trim, they don't want it bouncing around which is a good idea. Work at it and it will come out no problem. Don't be too afraid to get a little rough with it, it's very sturdy for styrofoam like a rubberized version almost.

Once that's out of the way you can see the sticker on the floor of the trunk.  A little different of a spot this time, but its all in the same area.

Once that's out of the way you can see the sticker on the floor of the trunk. A little different of a spot this time, but its all in the same area.

This rabbit's paint code is LY3D and the interior trim is JT.

This rabbit's paint code is LY3D and the interior trim is JT.

The sticker almost always looks just like these, so you shouldn't have too much trouble identifiying the codes once you find it.  There are a few different information stickers on each Volkswagen, but if it doesn't look like this you probably have the wrong sticker, therefore the info you're looking for probably won't be on it.
Well, that about wraps it up.  I hope this guide has been helpful in helping you find your paint and or interior trim code on your Volkswagen or Audi.  Thank you for reading, and remember if you have any used auto part needs call us up at 1-800-231-9121.  Have a great day!
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