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Find Manufacturing Date of Car. Decode VIN Manufacturing Year as 2016 / 2015

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Decode VIN Chassis Manufacturing Month and Year as 2015 or 2016 of Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Ford, VW, Nissan, Skoda, Toyota, Chevy, Tata, Mahindra


Find Car Manufacturing Date (Month, Year) through VIN Chassis Number

Are you looking to Buy a 2016 Manufactured Car ?

Wondering - whether the dealer will sell you 2015 make or 2016 Make car. Here's an Easy way to find and decode manufacturing year of Car through VIN Chassis Number

Note - 10th Letter of Chassis Number Denotes Year of Manufacturing for below car manufacturers. Here G for 2016 and F will represent 2015

It goes on alphabetically - A for 2010, B for 2011, C for 2012, D for 2013, E for 2014 and F for 2015, G for 2016

a) Hyundai - Eon, Santro, i10, Grand i10, Xcent, Elite I20, I20 Active, Fluidic Verna, Creta, Elantra, Sonata

b) Nissan Motors & Datsun India - Datsun Go, Go Plus, Redi Go, Micra Active, Micra, Sunny, Terrano

c) Tata Motors - Indica Ev2, Tiago, Vista, Bolt, Zest, Safari Storme, Aria

d) Honda Cars - Brio, Amaze, Jazz, BRV Mobilio, City

e) Volkswagen & Skoda India - Polo, Vento, Ameo, Jetta, Rapid, Octavia

f) Renault India - Kwid, Pulse, Scala, Duster, Fluence

g) Mahindra & Mahindra - Verito, TUV300, Xylo, Scorpio, XUV500, Rexton

Note: Toyota, Ford, Maruti Suzuki and Chevrolet are Exceptions out here.

h) In General Motors (Chevrolet India), the 9th letter denotes the Year of Make  - Spark, Beat, Sail Hatch, Sail Sedan, Enjoy, Tavera

i) In Toyota, a combination of 21st n 22nd Letter (in Numeric Terms) makes up for the manufacturing year. Like 11 for 2011, 12 for 2012 and 13 for 2013 and 14 for 2014. Applicable for Etios Liva, Etios, Innova, Altis, Fortuner

j) In Ford, 11th Letter will denote year of Manufacture. 

j) For Maruti Suzuki or Nexa Series Baleno, S Cross - The Vin / chassis number pattern given by Maruti dealers or shown on RC is uptill 17 digits. For getting the additional last digits - Open the Bonet, look at the extreme end, below wiper under the bonet - There you can see Complete VIN Number of 21 Digits including Special Character $ and last 2 digits

The Pattern -  You will find Chasis Number - Prefixed by a $  ...17 digit Chasis Number..... $ Last 2 Digits

The Last Digit in it represents the Manufacturing Year. If its G - 2016, F - its 2015. If D - its 2014

For ex : $MA3EYD32S00700400$AG - So Here Last Digit is G - Which means year of Manufacturing is 2016. A represents month - so Jan 2016 Manufacturing would have in AG as the last characters

Here's Picture for Finding Chassis Number for Maruti Suzuki Cars so as to Decode Manufacturing Year. Applicable on Entire Range - Alto 800, Alto K10, Wagon R, Celerio, Stingray, Ritz, Swift, Baleno, Swift Dzire, Ertiga, Ciaz, S Cross




How to find VIN Number location in Car

It ranges from Manufacturer to Manufacturer. Maruti Suzuki VIN can be identified can be next to panel ahead of battery as specified in Picture - 1 above or for Hyundai Cars - its under driver seat or top of dash or driver side center pillar as specified in Picture below


For Honda - its visible just by opening Boot at the hinges. You may ask in Sales Consultant at dealership to show in VIN location of car


Find Car Manufacturing Month along with Year

Maruti Suzuki - 20th Letter Denotes Month

Hyundai - 19th Letter Denotes Month

Nissan Motors - 11th Letter Denotes Month

Renault India - 11th Letter Denotes Month

Tata Motors - 12th Letter

Honda - 9th Letter

General Motors (Chevrolet India) - 7th Letter

Volkswagen - 4th Letter

Skoda - 6th Letter

Mahindra & Mahindra - 12th Letter

Ford - Month Series is not decoded through VIN. For Decoding Ford Figo, Aspire, Ecosport, Endeavor - exact Date of Manufacturing, refer in this Site - https://www.etis.ford.com/vehicleSelection.do - Check Vehicle Tab - Vehicle Lookup Tab for punching in VIN Number

Toyota Kirloskar - Combination of 19th n 20th Letter. For eg 10 denotes October and 03 denotes March

How to find Car Manufacturing Month :- Here 1 or A denotes Jan, 2 or B denotes Feb, 3 or C denotes March, 4 or D denotes April

Note: Some Car Dealers will either give you 17 Digit or short Chassis Number. Its best to look at complete VIN Chassis number by checking physically in the car - Engine Bay / Under Seats / Window Panels etc - to find complete VIN Chassis number for decoding it as 2014 or 2015 Car.


Sample Decoding to find Manufacturing Month and Year of Car

Mentioning a typical Chassis Number of a VW car as - WVWE12606FT038378

This is a 17 digit number, Lets decode the chassis number to find the manufacturing month and year of car :-

> 10th Digit is F - A for 2010, B for 2011, C for 2012, D for 2013, E for 2014, F for 2015. So its as 2015 Make Year

> 4th Digit is E - A for Jan, B for Feb, C for March, D for April, E for May

Final Code : This Chassis Number Implies May 2015 Model . The other components of chassis number can also tell more about the Model of Volkswagen

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  • Guest
    raveendra Thursday, 02 June 2016

    hi this is raveendra my VIN number is MA3EWB22SGE181974 this is maruti beleno can you please decode

  • Guest
    Lalitt Monday, 30 May 2016

    Dear Mr. Gagan,

    I bought Ciaz RS SHVS and on inspection of car prior to billing and registration found that there was defect in paint work on the bonnet and dent was there. So I refused to approve the car for billing. On this dealer first said there nothing and on pursuance accepeted the defect and suggested that another car in same colour in my model is not there and henec he will get the bonnet replaced with same color of other car with him. On doing this the alignment was not proper and I refused.

    I got suspicious and also found out that the plant sticker for QC inspection of car is torn and found to be old or repasted and printing of numbers alao damaged and nit full mentioned aome portion was missing since stickwr qas torn, whereas as per dealer manufacturing date of car is only 4-5 days old. There was rust mark on the centre bolt of the front wheel also.

    I think there ia something fishy from the dealer end.

    Please give your views.

  • Gagan Modi
    Gagan Modi Tuesday, 31 May 2016


    You can cross check for manufacturing date as referred through VIN Chassis number - in sequence like - $MA3xxxxxxxxxxxxxx$EG
    Where last digit G indicates year of manufacturing as 2016
    While E indicates month - If its May 2016 make - it should be E

    Still - basis the defect in paint work and rust - would suggest to avoid delivery and submit a written emailed complaint to dealer that you dont want delivery of this defective car and instruct clearly to not to invoice the model with vin chassis number

    Also - keep Maruti Suzuki in loop with details - so that an intervention from manufacturer can be done in getting a different car with same color or indent a new one with delivery on asap basis

  • Guest
    Vinod Kakade Saturday, 12 March 2016

    Pl tell me the manufacturing year and month for my Honda city car having Chasis no

  • Guest
    Ashutosh Wednesday, 02 March 2016

    Hi I am about to purchase Swift VXI with the chassis number: MA3EHKD1S00A57467. But since the vehicle is in transit, hence not able to see the last 2 digit after the special character.
    Hence can anyone please help me in decoding the chassis number?.
    Also, my dealer says, that they only have 17 digits of the chassis number as of now, so is he lying or he is being true?.
    Please let me know as I am going to pay some amount to get the car allotted to me.

  • Guest
    emmanuel Monday, 15 February 2016

    My vehicle;s chassis No- is : WBACC51060ES02518

  • Guest
    SUNDER Sunday, 17 January 2016

    i bought a Ertiga in Jan 2016. Tried all stunts but not able to confirm the manufacture month and year. PLEASE DECODE MA3ELMG1S00365281.

  • Guest
    Basil Joseph Friday, 08 January 2016

    Hi I need to know my car's(Maruthi Suzuki Ritz VXi) Manufacturing month and year. The VIN is: $MA3EDKD1S00475403$AE . I got the car on Jan 2014 and In my RC book it says Jan 2013. I need to know the details and also if there any way to reset the same in RC book if its original Month and year is Jan 2014?!! Please assist..

  • Guest
    Vijay Rajput Saturday, 11 July 2015

    Hi Gagan,
    Need your help to evaluate make year and month of my honda Brio.
    Chasis number : MAKDD173DFN304944

    As per your suggestion 9th letter is month so if see ' D ' which means April is make month.
    'F' will be the Make year but if i go by A-F then F will be 2016.
    How come will it be????? Can you please please help me out. Thanking you again.

  • Gagan Modi
    Gagan Modi Saturday, 11 July 2015

    @ Vijay
    Of the chassis number given - MAKDD173DFN304944
    9th Letter is D - Thus its a April make
    10th Letter is F - Its a 2015 Make

    As referred in Post
    A is for 2010
    B for 2011
    C for 2012
    D for 2013
    E for 2014
    F for 2015

  • Guest
    Vikas Dixit Thursday, 16 April 2015

    I am looking to purchase Maruti Celerio of 2015 make car, I'm not able to figure out the manufacturing month & year of a Car. Please guide.


  • Guest
    Chaman Chandak Monday, 02 February 2015

    My Renault Duster vin no. Is MEEHSRAW5EA074218.

    Can somebody tell me the month and year of manufacturing of this car.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Gagan Modi
    Gagan Modi Monday, 02 February 2015

    @Chaman Chandak
    From 10th & 11th Digit - it looks like a Jan 2014 make
    Disclaimer - not 100% accuracy though in case of Renault Cars

  • Guest
    aa Monday, 09 February 2015

    Manufacturer: Renault Nissan Automobiles Pvt Ltd
    Manufacturer address: Plot No 1 SIPCOT Industrial Estate
    Oragadam Mattur
    Sriperumbudur TN 602105
    Product type: Passenger Cars
    Make: Nissan
    Check digit: 5
    Model year: 2014
    Plant code: India
    Sequential number: 074218

  • Guest
    Sharder Saturday, 09 January 2016

    I have a duster bought in South Africa with vin MEEHSRA3600002183 . Any idea why there is no year and month in the VIN?

  • Guest
    Bhupesh Nikhar Tuesday, 06 January 2015

    Hyundai xcent VIN no is MALA841DLEM00700899. Please tell me the manufacturing month & year.

  • Guest
    Sachin Phulkar Saturday, 03 January 2015

    Thanks for this useful, information in the thread, I have purchased Maruti Ertiga on 31st March 2014, After going tru post last two digit in my chassi is MD means Dec 2014 so i was given old car but dealer told its Jan 2014 Car first he lied and i doubt car like Ertiga which was in so much demand how come its 4 month old also i suspect if i received the Fesh CAR, Tody i have launch the complaint with MAruti head office any other option to raise complaint and what process hold i follow now.
    I purchased it from Chowgle Industries in Pune.

    Sachin Phulkar

  • Guest
    amit patil Friday, 07 November 2014

    Hi. Amit patil here plz any one tell me very is chevrolet beat chassis number location.... Plz tell me exact place..

  • Guest
    SadananDalabehera Friday, 22 August 2014

    My vehicle;s chassis No-586351,MALAM51BLEM.

  • Guest
    TIRDAD Wednesday, 06 August 2014


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