Is the year shown in reports reliable as year of manufacture?

01-Oct-2009 FAQ

For motor vehicles registered before 1 January 2007 “vehicle year” means the year of manufacture or the model year or the year of first registration. For vehicles registered on or after 1 January 2007 “vehicle year” means year of first registration.

For some types of vehicles the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) , shown in our lowest priced Basic report, can be used as a guide and the 10th digit represents the “Model Year”. This however is not always entirely reliable either as different manufacturers in different regions can sometimes use a different encoding in the VIN including vehicles imported from Japan before 1999 for which the VIN usually begins “7A8” as stamped by the LTSA at that time.

A physical inspection or pre-purchase will often determine the actual year of manufacture from additional build data in various places on a vehicle.

One response to “Is the year shown in reports reliable as year of manufacture?”

  1. I am a former owner of this little car, the Odometer reading when I purchased it, well my mother Before me Joy Moana Newman was sitting at 241508kms. I also see its sub model is listed as a RS2000. This is also incorect; It is a 1300 Sport, same shell{double floor pan}, 6 dial dashboard and flared front guards, as the RS with the the same black vinyl seats as the Lotus and RS1600 but with a power packed kick arse little 1300cc.