How to Locate a Vehicle's Manufacture Date

by Editorial Team
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Photos by Jackie Dunn Wiehe

Sometimes it may be necessary to find the date a vehicle was manufactured. Here is how to locate on a car or truck the month and year it was made.

Step 1

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On most vehicles, the date of manufacture is found on a sticker attached to the car frame and is visible when the driver's side door is open.

Step 2

Open the door, and look for stickers on the car frame near the door latch post (U-shaped bolt). There probably will be more than one.

Step 3

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(Click on photo to enlarge) The sticker with a bar code and the vehicle's VIN number is the Safety Standard Certification Label. It contains the month and year of manufacture. In this case, it was made in 7/'97, or July, 1997. Look at the end of the top line for this information.

This label is attached vertically on the car frame underneath the latch post. Photo is horizontal for easier viewing.

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