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How to Tell the Production Date by the VIN

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The vehicle identification number, or VIN, is a 17-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to every vehicle. Each number and letter in the sequence represents a different piece of the vehicle’s history, including the country in which it was manufactured, the division or class to which the vehicle belongs, the body type, the transmission and engine size, etc. The VIN also identifies the year that the vehicle was manufactured. All you need to know is which number or letter represents the production date.

Step 1

Locate the VIN on your vehicle. It is usually on either the left side of your dash or the driver’s side door panel sticker.