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How to find manufacturing date of a car?

Knowing your car's manufacturing date is very important. This is useful when you buy a used car or a new one. Automotive manufactures all over the world use a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which can be decoded to get the Month & Year of production.

How to find manufacturing date of a car?
 

 

 
Each car has a unique VIN that is usually stamped somewhere within the engine bay, or around the passenger compartment. 
Important: The letters "I", "O" and "Q" are never used in a VIN.

 

 
Here is a list of car manufacturers and VIN Decode Details
 
Tata Motors, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Mahindra, Honda and Skoda share the same month codes and year codes. For all other cars month codes and year codes are listed at the end of each ones detailed desciption.
 
Month Codes for Tata Motors, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Mahindra, Honda and Skoda :
 
A = JAN
B = FEB
C = MAR
D = APR
E = MAY
F = JUN
G = JUL
H = AUG
J = SEP
K = OCT
L = NOV
M = DEC
 
Year Codes for Tata Motors, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Mahindra, Honda and Skoda :
 
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
J = 2018
K = 2019
 
Manufacturer: Tata Motors
No: of VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with MAT...) 
 
How to decode: 
 
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
12th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
 
An Example:
 
If your 10th VIN character is B, then it represents the Year - 2011
If your 12th VIN character is D, then it represents the Month - April
 
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
No: of VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with MA6...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
9th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
 
Effective from February 2011, there is a change in the Month code position of Chevrolet VIN.
 
7th Character now represents Month of manufacture.
9th Character is Year of manufacture.
 
Manufacturer: Honda
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with MAK...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
9th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
 
Manufacturer: Mahindra
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with MAI...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
12th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
 
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with MA7...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
11th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
 
Manufacturer: Hyundai 
 
VIN / Chassis Number Characters: 19 (Starts with MAL...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
19th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
 
Manufacturer: Skoda
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with TMB...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
6th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
 
 
 
 
Manufacturer: Fiat
 
VIN Characters: 20 (Starts with MCA...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
18th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
19th & 20th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
 
An Example:
 
If your 18th VIN character is G, then it represents the Month - July
If your 19th & 20th VIN character is NZ, then it represents the Year - 2010
 
Month Codes for Fiat:
 
A = JAN
B = FEB
C = MAR
D = APR
E = MAY
F = JUN
G = JUL
H = AUG
J = SEP
K = OCT
L = NOV
M = DEC
 
Year Codes for Fiat:
 
LZ= 2012
MZ = 2011
NZ = 2010
QZ & PZ = 2009
 
Manufacturer: Volkswagen
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts with WVW...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
4th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
5th & 6th combined character represents Production Year
10th character represents the Model Year
 
An Example:
 
If your 4th VIN character is C, then it represents the Month - March
If your 5th & 6th Combined character is 12 then it represents the production year 2012
If your 10th VIN character is C, then it represents the Model Year - 2012
 
Month Codes for Volkswagen:
 
A = JAN
B = FEB
C = MAR
D = APR
E = MAY
F = JUN
G = JUL
H = AUG
J = SEP
K = OCT
L = NOV
M = DEC
 
Year Codes for Volkswagen:
 
10 = 2010
11 = 2011
12 = 2012
 
Model Year Codes for Volkswagen:
 
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
J = 2018
K = 2019
 
 
Manufacturer: Maruti
 
VIN Characters: 21 (Starts mostly with MA3...) 
 
How to Decode: 
 
20th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
21th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
 
An Example:
 
If your 20th VIN character is L, then it represents the Month - November
If your 10th VIN character is 6, then it represents the Year - 2006
 
Month Codes for Maruti:
 
A = JAN
B = FEB
C = MAR
D = APR
E = MAY
F = JUN
G = JUL
H = AUG
J = SEP
K = OCT
L = NOV
M = DEC
 
Year Codes for Maruti:
 
C=2012
B=2011
A=2010
9=2009
8=2008
7=2007
6=2006
5=2005
 
 
Manufacturer: Nissan
 
VIN Characters: 17 (Starts mostly with "MD")
 
How to Decode:
 
10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture
11th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
 
An Example:
 
If your 10th VIN character is C, then it represents the Year 2012
If your 11th VIN character is 3, then it represents the Month of March
 
Year Codes for Nissan:
 
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
 
Month Codes for Nissan:
 
1 = January
2 = February
3 = March
4 = April
5 = May
6 = June
7 = July
8 = August
9 = September
A = October
B = November
C = December

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