How to Use Your VIN to Find the Model Year of Your Car or Truck

When you are purchasing a part for your vehicle it is very important to know the year of your vehicle. Don’t go by the production date, this can be misleading as a vehicle produced in 11/98 is really a 1999 model. Find your VIN (located on the dash viewed from outside of the vehicle usually on the driver’s side). Verify the year of your vehicle using the table below. It is necessary in most cases to have your VIN at hand when ordering a part as many parts sellers will ask for it when placing your order.

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VIN Location on Vehicle









Beginning in 1980, all vehicles sold in the United States have a 17-digit serial number. The eighth digit from the right end identifies the model year of the vehicle.

  • Years 1980 through 2000 are designated by a letter from A to Y.
  • The letters I, O, Q, U, and Z are not used because they can be easily confused with a number or another letter.

A

1980

B

1981

C

1982

D

1983

E

1984

F

1985

G

1986

H

1987

J

1988

K

1989

L

1990

M

1991

N

1992

P

1993

R

1994

S

1995

T

1996

V

1997

W

1998

X

1999

Y

2000


Beginning with 2001, numbers are used to designate the model year.

1

2001

2

2002

3

2003

4

2004

5

2005

6

2006

7

2007

8

2008

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