All vehicles are imprinted with a specific identifying number, or vehicle identification number, during the manufacturing process. This unique 17-digit number represents basic information relating to the vehicle including the make, model year, engine size and type, and serial number of the vehicle. Each single digit or set of characters in the VIN has its own meaning and purpose; you can most often find the VIN on an Audi vehicle on the dashboard or driver's door frame and can determine the manufacturing date with a VIN search.
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Visit the CARFAX website. By running a VIN search through the CARFAX website, you can obtain a detailed Vehicle History Report on an Audi vehicle. Enter the VIN of the Audi vehicle in the appropriate box on the CARFAX site and click "Get the CARFAX!" to start the search.
Visit the Check My Car website. To determine an Audi vehicle production date, you simply enter its VIN into search box and click "Start VIN Check" to obtain a report; this report includes pertinent information, including the manufacturing place and date.
Visit the Motoverse website. Although you cannot find as much detailed information on the Motoverse website, you can still obtain a Vehicle History Report offering basic information on an Audi vehicle, including the model year.
Tips and warnings
- You can attempt to decode the VIN yourself: the 10th character in the VIN represents the model year of the vehicle. Each number and letter signifies a different year, and although manufacturers typically use the same model codes -- for example, T for the year 1996, Y for the year 2000, 5 for the year 2005 -- character codes can vary from one manufacturer to the next, so you may want to run a VIN search to be sure.
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