How to check Car manufacturing date (VIN)


It is just a complicated thing to buy a car without knowing its manufactured date. You never know what your dealer is not selling you one-month-old car or worse than it. To find the manufacture date, it is a need to know about decoding the vehicle identification number.

Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) is used by the Automotive manufactures all over the world, that is decoded to reveal the Month & Year of production. Each and every car has individual Vehicle Identification Number(VIN). VIN is consistently imprinted somewhere inside the engine bay, or around the passenger compartment.

Here, we have listed out some Car manufacturer’s VIN decode as a reference to find date and year of manufacture.

Manufacturer: Tata Motors

tata motors vin number

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MAT…..)

 

Decode – In this Tata Motors car manufacturing company, 10th character of the VIN represents the YEAR of Manufacture and 12th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example – If A is given as a 10th character of VIN, it denotes the Year – 2010

If G is given as the 12th character of VIN, it denotes the Month – July

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

N – NOV

P – DEC

Codes for Year

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J  – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W- 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

NOTE: The letters “I, O, Q” are never used in a VIN.

Manufacturer: Honda

honda vin number

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MAK….)

Decode – The 9th character of this company’s VIN represents the MONTH of Manufacture and 10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture.

Example –To denote the month of July, they use “G” as the 9th character of VIN and to denote 2010, they use “A” as a 10th character of VIN.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J  – SEP

K – OCT

L  – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Manufacturer: Mahindra

mahendra vin number

VIN Characters: 17 (begins with MA1…)

Decode  – In the VIN of Mahindra, 10th character denotes the YEAR of Manufacture and 11th character of VIN denotes the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example – The 10th VIN character of Mahindra is “A” means, it represents the Year – 2010 and the 12th VIN character is “G” means, it represents the Month – July.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

A  – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J –  2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W- 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Manufacturer: Hyundai

VIN Characters: 19 (starts with MAL…)

Decode – In Hyundai manufacture company, 10th character VIN represents the YEAR of Model and 19th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example- If the 10th character of your vehicle’s VIN is “A” means, it represents the Model Year 2010 and if 19th character is “G” means, it represents the Month of the Manufacture – July.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

J – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W- 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Manufacturer: Fiat

VIN Character: 20 (begins with MCA….)

Decode – the 18th character of this Fiat VIN represents the MONTH of manufacture and 19th character represents the YEAR of manufacture.

Example- If “G” is given as 18th character of your VIN, then it marks the Month – July and 19th and 20th character is NZ, it represents the Year – 2010.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

8Z – 2030

7Z – 2029

6Z – 2028

5Z – 2027

4Z – 2026

3Z – 2025

2Z – 2024

1Z – 2023

AZ – 2022

BZ – 2021

CZ – 2020

DZ – 2019

EZ – 2018

FZ – 2017

GZ – 2016

HZ – 2015

JZ – 2014

KZ – 2013

LZ – 2012

MZ – 2011

NZ – 2010

QZ and PZ – 2009

Manufacturer: Skoda

skoda-vin-number

Number of VIN Characters: 17 (starts with TMB…)

Decode – the 6th character of Skoda VIN denotes the MONTh of Manufacture and 10th Character is for the YEAR of Manufacture.

Example – If “G” is 6th character means, it represents the Month – July and if “A” is 10th character means, it represents the Year – 2010.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUNE

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Note: This is a link for VW / Skoda / Audi Car’s VIN decoder

Manufacturer: Volkswagen

volkeswagen vin number

VIN Character: 17 (stars with WVW…)

EDIT: From 2015 – beginning with MEX

Decode – In Volkswagen, the 4th VIN character denotes the MONTH of Manufacture, 5th, and 6th represents PRODUCTION YEAR and 10th character represents the MODEL YEAR.

Example –  If “C” is given as 4th VIN character, it stands for the Month – March.

If 12 is mentioned as 5th and 6th characters, it stands for the Year – 2012

If “D” is given as 10th VIN character, it stands for the Model Year – 2013

Month Codes:

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year :

10 – 2010

11 – 2011

12 – 2012

13 – 2013

14 – 2014

15 – 2015

16 – 2016

17 – 2017

18 – 2018

19 – 2019

20 – 2020

21 – 2021

22 – 2022

23 – 2023

24 – 2024

25 – 2025

26 – 2026

27 – 2027

28 – 2028

29 – 2029

30 – 2030

Codes for Model Year::

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

Manufacturer: Toyota

VIN Characters: 22 ( starts with MBJ…. )

Decode – the 19th and 20th character of Toyota VIN represents the MONTH of Manufacture.

21st and 22nd characters denote the YEAR of Manufacture.

Example – If your Toyota’s 19th and 20th VIN characters are 0 and 5 means, it stands for the Month – May. If the 21st and 22nd VIN characters are 0 and 8 means, it stands for the Year – 2008

Codes for Month:

01 – JAN

02 – FEB

03 – MAR

04 – APR

05 – MAY

06 – JUN

07 – JUL

08 – AUG

09 – SEP

10 – OCT

11 – NOV

12 – DEC

Codes for Year:

10 – 2010

11 – 2011

12 – 2012

13 – 2013

14 – 2014

15 – 2015

16 – 2016

17 – 2017

18 – 2018

19 – 2019

20 – 2020

21 – 2021

22 – 2022

23 – 2023

24 – 2024

25 – 2025

26 – 2026

27 – 2027

28 – 2028

29 – 2029

30 – 2030

Manufacturer: Maruti

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MA3…)

Decode – The 11th VIN character of Maruthi denotes the MONTH of manufacture and 10th character denotes the YEAR of Manufacture.

Example – If “H” is given as 11th character, it stands for the Month – August and “F” is given as 10th character means, it is for the Year – 2015.

Codes for Month:

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year:

Y – 2030

X – 2029

W – 2028

V – 2027

T – 2026

S – 2025

R – 2024

P – 2023

N – 2022

M – 2021

L – 2020

K – 2019

J – 2018

H – 2017

G – 2016

F – 2015

E – 2014

D – 2013

C – 2012

B – 2011

A – 2010

9 – 2009

8 – 2008

7 – 2007

6 – 2006

5 – 2005

For Old Maruti Cars

VIN characters: 21 (starts with MA3…)

Decode – In the old cars of  Maruti, the 20th VIN represents the MONTH of Manufacture and 21st VIN represents the YEAR of Manufacture.

Example – If “L” is 20th VIN character means, it denotes the Month – November.

If “6” is 21st VIN character means, it denotes the Year – 2006.

Manufacturer:  Nissan / Datsun

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MDH…)

Decode – the 10th character of Nissan / Datsun denotes the YEAR of Manufacture and the 11th VIN denotes the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example –  If “C” is given as 10th VIN character, it stands for the Year 2012.

If “3” is given as  11th VIN character, then it denotes the Month of March.

Codes for Year:

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Codes for Month:

1 – JAN

2 – FEB

3 – MAR

4 – APR

5 – MAY

6 – JUN

7 – JUL

8 – AUG

9 – SEP

A – OCT

B – NOV

C – DEC

Manufacturer: Renault

VIN characters: 17 (starts with MEE… )

Decode – In Renault, the 10th VIN represents the YEAR of Manufacture and 11thh VIN represents the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example – If “C” is 10th VIN character means, it stands for the year 2012.

If “3” is 11th VIN character means, it stands for the Month of March.

Codes for the Years:

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Codes for Month

1 – JAN

2 – FEB

3 – MAR

4 – APR

5 – MAY

6 – JUN

7 – JUL

8 – AUG

9 – SEP

A – OCT

B – NOV

C – DEC

Manufacturer: Ford

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MAJ…)

The pattern used by Ford India is repeated for every four years. That, the pattern of  2005 -2008 is repeated for 2009-2012.

Decode – The 11th character of Ford’s VIN represents the YEAR of Manufacture and 12th VIN represents the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example – If “7” is mentioned as an 11th character means, it stands for the Year -2007.

If “K” is 12th VIN character means, it stands for the Month – February.

Codes for Year:

A – 2010

B – 2011

C -2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N -2022

P -2023

R -2024

S -2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Manufacturer: Chevrolet (expect Trailblazer)

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MA6..)

Decode – the 7th character of Chevrolet denotes the MONTH of Manufacture and 9th character denotes the YEAR of Manufacture.

For Trailblazer:

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MMM…)

Decode – In Trailblazer, the 4th VIN character denotes the MONTH of Manufacture and 9th VIN is for the YEAR of Manufacture.

Codes for Month

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K- 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N – 2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

Furthermore, there is a placard found near the front left door and right bottom (near seat), which consist of two characters indicating MONTH and YEAR of manufacture.

Example, GB represents the Month- July and Year – 2011.

Manufacturer: Mitsubishi

VIN Characters: 17 (starts with MA7…)

Decode – In Mitsubishi, 10th VIN is for denoting the YEAR of Manufacture and 11th VIN is for the MONTH of Manufacture.

Example – If “A” is given as 10th VIN character means, it indicates the Year – 2010

If “G” is given as 11th VIN character means, it indicates the Month – July.

Codes for Month:

A – JAN

B – FEB

C – MAR

D – APR

E – MAY

F – JUN

G – JUL

H – AUG

J – SEP

K – OCT

L – NOV

M – DEC

Codes for Year:

A – 2010

B – 2011

C – 2012

D – 2013

E – 2014

F – 2015

G – 2016

H – 2017

J – 2018

K – 2019

L – 2020

M – 2021

N -2022

P – 2023

R – 2024

S – 2025

T – 2026

V – 2027

W – 2028

X – 2029

Y – 2030

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