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Radio Codes from Serial Number

We are able provide you with the original manufacturers security code required to activate your car radio after power loss.
Its fast and easy to obtain the radio code for your stereo, simply follow the 3 simple steps on the right.


How to Decode your Car Radio

  1. First remove the radio from the car. Our removal guides should help with this.

  2. Locate the serial number, using the illustration(s) below as a guide

  3. Enter the serial number into the radio code search

Once you receive the code, you can use our Free Radio Code Entry Help section to assist you with entering the code.



Serial Number's

car radios will normally contain a 14 digit serial number which can be found either printed on a label or engraved on the side of the unit.

These serials are only visible once the radio has been removed from the vehicle.

Examples of serials include:


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Location of Serial No. on Stereos

do not take the serial from a user guideNever take the serial number from any printed paperwork or user guides, since this may not match the actual radio fitted to the car.  Instead, take the serial number from either a label or an engraving on the top or side of your stereo, to ensure the supplied radio code is accurate.


 Radio Code Serial Number Examples

 Radio Code Serial Number Examples

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More info about retrieving your lost code.

By using our online radio decoding service, you not only save yourself money, but also time and the additional hassle involved. Most vehicle main dealers will require you to book an appointment and take the car and paperwork (v5 logbook) into them before they apply for your radio code.   Once they do apply for the code, 9/10 times it will be based on the vehicle registration or VIN number of the car itself, which is fine if you have owned your car from new. However, receiving the radio code days later only to find that it did not work is yet another inconvenience.

There are a number of reasons why a stereo code based on your vehicle registration or vin number may not work, including:


At Radio-Code, we don't provide radio codes based on the car, instead we provide the code based on the individual and unique serial number of your car radio, regardless of what it was fitted to originally.  Our radio codes have proven to be more accurate than main dealer's because of this.



What our customers have to say...

Thank you very much. Your service is first class!! Regards. Walter Sharp


Hi I was sceptical about this working on my Vauxhall CDR 300 but I have to say it worked perfect. Even the code given to me by the main dealer didn't work but I guess that is because it says 'radio code 6184' and the bit that says 'cd code is blank'. I think it must have had this unit fitted as an upgrade. Anyway it worked so great stuff and thank you!. Keith


Hi again Sam, I did exactly as instructed and it worked perfectly. Thank you very very much. I am so grateful.. Michael Purvis


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Just a quick thank you for the radio code. Recently fitted a new battery but had no radio code......quick and easy to use service. Thank you.. Tracey Shephard


Great service, many thanks !. Dave Barham