How do you tell the year of a car?

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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:00 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you tell the year of a car?

I see this car everyday while I'm biking and I really like it. I know the make, model, even trim level! But I can't find out the blasted year!!! Is there a way to tell just by looking at it? P.S. I don't want to ask the owners.
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:04 am   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on the vehicle; it used to be that there are year #'s on the taillight lenses, but some vehicles use the same lens for a number of years. Other choices are ask the owner or take photos to compare in autotrader or similar
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:06 am   #3 (permalink)
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Look at the registration in the window.
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:10 am   #4 (permalink)
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Look at the VIN. Check the 10th digit. For any vehicle between 2001 and 2009, the 10th digit will be 1-9. For earlier or later models, see the attachment.































Code Year Code Year Code Year Code Year















A = 1980 L = 1990 Y = 2000 A = 2010















B = 1981 M = 1991 1 = 2001 B = 2011















C = 1982 N = 1992 2 = 2002 C = 2012















D = 1983 P = 1993 3 = 2003 D = 2013















E = 1984 R = 1994 4 = 2004 E = 2014















F = 1985 S = 1995 5 = 2005 F = 2015















G = 1986 T= 1996 6 = 2006 G = 2016















H = 1987 V = 1997 7 = 2007 H = 2017















J = 1988 W = 1998 8 = 2008 J = 2018















K = 1989 X = 1999 9 = 2009 K = 2019
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:35 am   #5 (permalink)
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yes. on the rear light lense, look for some numbers, right or left, i for get. There is more than the two that are together that will have the the last two numbers of the year. Confused? I hope not. but it works for me.
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Old 07 Jul 2010, 10:41 am   #6 (permalink)
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Take the information you know (make, model, and trim level) and visit:































autos.msn.com































Look under used cars, then put in the make and model. It'll list all of the models within the last 15 years with pictures! Look through the pictures to see which year best looks like the car you want to identify.































Good Luck!
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answer above with the codes is right on. you can also copy down the VIN number in the base of the windshield (thats where you find the number) and check the carfax website. it will tell you all about he vehicle. you may have to pay for a full report - if you want all the info.
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