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VIN Year Code Chart

Vehicle Identification Number – Year Codes

The year of a vehicle is critical information for the tow operator in order for them to reference the correct towing procedure. The following information about vehicle identification numbers (VIN) affixed to the chassis will help determine the vehicle year. As noted, the vehicle’s year is identified by a letter or number in the 10th position from the left in the VIN.                                                                                                                                                                         

Example 1995 VIN Number:    1P8ZA1279SZ215470

Model Year Character Codes Chart

As shown above, the 10th character of the VIN indicates its model year. 

Code Year   Code Year   Code Year
A 1980   X 1999   J 2018
B 1981   Y 2000   K 2019
C 1982   1 2001   L 2020
D 1983   2 2002   M 2021
E 1984   3 2003   N 2022
F 1985   4 2004   P 2023
G 1986   5 2005   R 2024
H 1987   6 2006   S 2025
J 1988   7 2007   T 2026
K 1989   8 2008   V 2027
L 1990   9 2009   W 2028
M 1991   A 2010   X 2029
N 1992   B 2011   Y 2030
P 1993   C 2012   1 2031
R 1994   D 2013   2 2032
S 1995   E 2014   3 2033
T 1996   F 2015   4 2034
V 1997   G 2016   5 2035
W 1998   H 2017   6 2036

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