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Decode Manufacturing Date of Car. How to Find 2018 VIN Car Easily

Decode Manufacturing Date of Car. How to Find 2018 VIN Car Easily

Decode New Car VIN Chassis to find Manufacturing Month and Year as 2018 or 2017 of Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Ford, VW, Renault, Nissan, Skoda, Toyota, Chevy, Tata, Mahindra

 

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

Are you looking to Buy a 2018 Manufactured Car ?

Wondering - whether the dealer will sell you 2018 make or 2017 Make car. Here's an Easy way to find and decode manufacturing year of Car through VIN Chassis Number

Alphabetical Meaning: For Instance 10th Letter of Chassis Number Denotes Year of Manufacturing for Hyundai / Honda / Renault etc. If its J - it depicts 2018 Manufactured Car and if H will represent 2017.

Series Alphabet Manufacturing Year   Series Manufacturing Month
J 2018   A or 1 January
H 2017   B or 2 February
G 2016   C or 3 March
F 2015   D or 4 April
E 2014   E or 5 May
D 2013   F or 6 June
C 2012   G or 7 July
B 2011   H or 8 August
2010    J or 9 (I is skipped and not mentioned by Auto Makers) September
      K (except Renault, Nissan) October
      (except Renault, Nissan, Tata) November
      (except Renault, Nissan, Tata) December

Important For Renault, Nissan Car Buyers - They Follow Numeric Series for Month. However - for October to December - October is denoted by A, November by B, December by C. 

Important for Tata Motor New Gen Car Owners - They have different Series for Month, explained underneath in the post 



Find Manufacturing Year
 (Decode Details)

Look for 10th Digit of VIN Chassis Number with below Car Makers. It would be either J or H (if trying to decode in 2018 Manufacturing Car (J) or 2017 Manufacturing Car (H) )

1) Hyundai - Eon, i10, Grand i10, Xcent, Elite I20, I20 Active, Fluidic Verna, Creta, Elantra, Tucson, Santa Fe, Sonata

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

3) Tata Motors - Indica Ev2, Tiago, Tigor, Bolt, Zest, Nexon, Safari Storme, Hexa

4) Honda Cars - Brio, Amaze, Jazz, WRV, BRV, Mobilio, City, CRV

5) Volkswagen & Skoda India - Polo, Vento, Ameo, Jetta, Rapid, Octavia, Kodiaq, Passat, Tiguan

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

7) Mahindra & Mahindra - KUV100, Verito, TUV300, Xylo, Scorpio, XUV500, Rexton

8) Maruti Suzuki Nexa Series (Ignis, Baleno, S Cross, Ciaz), New Dzire, Brezza - If 10th and 11th Characters are Zero or 11, then check Engine bay for last 2 VIN Digits after 17th Digit x sign. Last Digit indicates Year of Make. 

9) Maruti Suzuki Other Cars  - Maruti Suzuki also using in 10th Digit for finding Manufacturing Year in New Dzire, Brezza, Ertiga. As per updates, this 10th Digit will also help in finding in Manufacturing year of Entry Segment Cars too. Only in case where 10th Digit and 11th Digit are 00 or 11 - then you have to check engine bay for last 2 VIN Digits after 17th Digit x sign, refer point number 13 

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

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

11) In Toyota: Etios, Altis, Innova, Fortuner: its a 21 Digit VIN a combination of 20th n 21st Letter (in Numeric Terms) makes up for the manufacturing year. Like 11 for 2011, 12 for 2012 and 13 for 2013, 14 for 2014 and same way 18 for 2018. 

12) In Ford: Figo, Aspire, Ecosport, Endeavour 11th Letter will denote year of Manufacture. 

13) For Maruti Suzuki (If 10th and 11th Digit are 00 or 11 then you have to follow this) - 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

b2ap3_thumbnail_Maruti-Chassis.jpg

 

 

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

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hyundai-VIN-Identification.jpg

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

To find out Manufacturing Month of Car - Whether December or November

1. Maruti Suzuki Regular Series ( (If 10th and 11th Digit are 00 or 11 then you have to follow this) - 20th Letter Denotes Month (For instance if its A it means January make, if its M it means December make)

2. Maruti Suzuki Nexa Series of Ignis, Baleno, S Cross, Ciaz or New Dzire, Brezza - 11th Letter Denotes Month (For instance if its A it means January make, if its D it means April make).  If 10th and 11th Characters are Zero or 11, then check Engine bay for VIN Digits after 17th Digit x sign and Second Last Digit indicates Month in which Car is Manufactured. 

3. Hyundai - 19th Letter Denotes Month

4. Nissan Motors - 11th Letter Denotes Month

5. Renault India - 11th Letter Denotes Month

6. Tata Motors - 12th Letter (Except I,L,M,O - the series goes on as A - Jan, B - Feb, C - March, D for April, E for May, F for June, G for July, H for August, J for September, K for October, N for November, P for December)

7. Honda - 9th Letter

8. General Motors (Chevrolet India) - 7th Letter

9. Volkswagen - 4th Letter

10. Skoda - 6th Letter

11. Mahindra & Mahindra - 12th Letter

12. Toyota Kirloskar - Combination of 18th n 19th Letter. For eg 10 denotes October and 03 denotes March

13. Ford - 12th Letter. Month Series can be checked using below sheet for Cars Manufactured from 2012 and Onwards

  2012, 2016 2013, 2017 2014, 2018 2015
January  B J L C
February R U Y K
March A M S D
April G P T E
May C B J L
June K R U Y
July D A M S
August E G P T
September L C B J
October Y K R U
November S D A
December T E G P


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 (2018 Model Car)

Mentioning a typical Chassis Number of a Maruti Suzuki Baleno car as - MBHEWB12SJA177970

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

> 10th Digit is J - A for 2010, B for 2011, C for 2012, D for 2013, E for 2014, F for 2015, G for 2016, H for 2017, J for 2018. So its as 2018 Make Year

> 11th Digit is A - A for Jan, B for Feb, C for March, D for April, E for May

Final Code : This Chassis Number Implies January 2018 Model 

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Comments 91

Guest - BHAVESH on Monday, 30 January 2017 12:58

HELLO , THIS IS BHAVESH ,
my VIV no is MA3FHEB1S00B93980, please let me know the details of mfg its Maruthi baleno..

HELLO , THIS IS BHAVESH , my VIV no is MA3FHEB1S00B93980, please let me know the details of mfg its Maruthi baleno..
Guest - amol on Friday, 03 February 2017 23:25

I was investigating same for my scross. Becarefull while dealing with dealer..
ask for complete VIN number 21 digits $21digit$2letter. . The last two letter tell u month and year.This is what I understood so far from forums.
Ex $MA3EW B22SHA284813$MG
M- Nov (A for Jan ,B-Feb like this)
G-2016 (F-2015,G for 2016 ,H-2017)

I was investigating same for my scross. Becarefull while dealing with dealer.. ask for complete VIN number 21 digits $21digit$2letter. . The last two letter tell u month and year.This is what I understood so far from forums. Ex $MA3EW B22SHA284813$MG M- Nov (A for Jan ,B-Feb like this) G-2016 (F-2015,G for 2016 ,H-2017)
Guest - suraj on Friday, 20 January 2017 14:57

my VIV no is MA3EW B22SHA284813, please let me know the details of mfg its Maruthi baleno..

my VIV no is MA3EW B22SHA284813, please let me know the details of mfg its Maruthi baleno..
Guest - Abinash on Monday, 23 January 2017 22:33

Your car is manufacture in January 2017.

Your car is manufacture in January 2017.
Guest - Gangadhar on Thursday, 08 December 2016 16:25

Hi,
I want to know when will the production of 2017 model car starts for Maruti Suzuki. I get different information from the show room executives. Booked a Baleno and insisted for 2017 model.

Hi, I want to know when will the production of 2017 model car starts for Maruti Suzuki. I get different information from the show room executives. Booked a Baleno and insisted for 2017 model.
Guest - Ram on Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:04

Me too booked Baleno and looking for the same information... Please update if you receive any updates

Me too booked Baleno and looking for the same information... Please update if you receive any updates
Guest - Pradeep on Friday, 02 September 2016 23:02

Hi Gagan,

Thanks for the helpful article!

Do Manufacturers share VIN coding system on their website or in their service centers?

I see lots of users asking help to decode VIN here as well as on other forums. I can build a simple page where people can enter VIN number and in response know details of vehicle. But for that VIN coding system would be needed.

Where is the best place to get that for different manufacturers?

Regards,
Pradeep

Hi Gagan, Thanks for the helpful article! Do Manufacturers share VIN coding system on their website or in their service centers? I see lots of users asking help to decode VIN here as well as on other forums. I can build a simple page where people can enter VIN number and in response know details of vehicle. But for that VIN coding system would be needed. Where is the best place to get that for different manufacturers? Regards, Pradeep
Gagan Modi on Saturday, 03 September 2016 10:07

Hi Pradeep,

No - its not been shared by Manufacturers and neither by service center - atleast in Indian market
If a customer intends - either he can decode on his own or ask for Sale Certificate i.e Form 21 - which a dealer also submit a copy in RTO mentioning Year and month of registration

The info presented above is all learnt from know how in Automotive sector and put up in easy and simple one pager article through this post

Hi Pradeep, No - its not been shared by Manufacturers and neither by service center - atleast in Indian market If a customer intends - either he can decode on his own or ask for Sale Certificate i.e Form 21 - which a dealer also submit a copy in RTO mentioning Year and month of registration The info presented above is all learnt from know how in Automotive sector and put up in easy and simple one pager article through this post
Guest - raveendra on Thursday, 02 June 2016 16:31

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

hi this is raveendra my VIN number is MA3EWB22SGE181974 this is maruti beleno can you please decode
Guest - Lalitt on Monday, 30 May 2016 21:09

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.

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 on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:44

Hello,

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

Hello, 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 on Saturday, 12 March 2016 00:49

Pl tell me the manufacturing year and month for my Honda city car having Chasis no
MAKGM85MBG4200593

Pl tell me the manufacturing year and month for my Honda city car having Chasis no MAKGM85MBG4200593
Guest - Ashutosh on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:47

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.

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 on Monday, 15 February 2016 19:53

Hi,Sadanand,
My vehicle;s chassis No- is : WBACC51060ES02518

Hi,Sadanand, My vehicle;s chassis No- is : WBACC51060ES02518
Guest - SUNDER on Sunday, 17 January 2016 22:25

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

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 on Friday, 08 January 2016 18:37

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..

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 - Arun on Friday, 28 July 2017 14:42

The last two digits denotes the month & year A- Jan and E - 2014
Decoding Month:
A = January
B = February
C = March

Decoding Year:
E = 2014
D = 2013
C = 2012
B = 2011
A = 2010

The last two digits denotes the month & year A- Jan and E - 2014 Decoding Month: A = January B = February C = March Decoding Year: E = 2014 D = 2013 C = 2012 B = 2011 A = 2010
Guest - Vijay Rajput on Saturday, 11 July 2015 14:41

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.

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 on Saturday, 11 July 2015 17:02

@ 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

@ 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 on Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:14

Hello,
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.

Regards

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