Somewhere the dealer is not selling you an old car in the name of a new one, know by these easy tips


Buying a new car is one of the most important and major decisions in life for most people. While this opportunity should be filled with joy, sometimes this experience proves to be very bitter for the customer, even when they are not at fault. Sometimes some dealers are unable to sell their pending stock and hence, they sell the old car by telling the customer as new. Many buyers are deceived by the lack of information or the sales speak's sweet words and modesty and are easily caught in the dealer's net. By the time the customer realizes their mistake, it is too late and in most cases, the customer has paid.

This is how you can avoid fraud

Many times, fraudulent dealers and car thieves make fake papers to sell old and stolen cars and sell them to customers as used cars. The easiest way to avoid such a trap is to understand how to decode the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), vehicle identification number of the car. It is not as difficult as you would understand it. Here we are telling you some easy tips with the help of which you can find the time of manufacturing your car and this information can save you from a lot of mental and financial troubles.

1. Every car has a unique number called a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), which is used to identify the month and year when the model was created. The vehicle's VIN is written close to the engine and can be up to 19 characters long. You can consider it equal to your Aadhaar number, which is unique to every person and cannot be duplicated.

2. VIN is an alphanumeric code and you cannot tell the month and year of manufacture by looking at it. There are different ways to decode a VIN because every auto manufacturer uses different technologies to embed the manufacturing time of the vehicle into the VIN.

3. Car companies divide the month and year of vehicle manufacturing into the English alphabet. In this way, the letter 'A' is used for the year 2010, while 'Y' denotes 2030. It is to be noted that the letters 'I', 'O' and 'Q' are not used in the VIN number.

4. Similarly, the letter 'A' denotes January, and 'M' is used for December. The table given below will help you understand it better.

Month code month

A January

B February

C March

D April

E May

F June

G July

H august

J September

K October

L November

M December

Year Code Year

A 2010

B 2011

C 2012

D 2013

E 2014

F 2015

G 2016

H 2017

J 2018

K 2019

L 2020

M 2021

N 2022

P 2023

R 2024

S 2025

T 2026

V 2027

W 2028

X 2029

Y 2030

Significantly, different car manufacturers use these letters in different places. Because of this, there is no standard way to find out which place on the VIN number reflects the year and month of manufacturing.