When purchasing a used or a classic car, in many cases the manual or other paperwork that originally came with the car may be lost. The year when the truck was manufactured is usually mentioned in the car manual. Without the car manual, the VIN number is the easiest way to determine the model year of a Chevy truck. Any Chevy truck manufactured after 1972 has a VIN number.

Step 1

Locate the VIN number for the vehicle. The VIN number is usually found somewhere inside the cab. In some models, the VIN number is located on one of the doors, and in other models it is located somewhere on the front dash. The VIN number looks like a little plate, with information imprinted on it: a string of numbers and letters. It is often stamped directly onto the metal or plastic of a car’s component.