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How to interpret VINs and model years

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Heya guys. Got a question on how to interpret VIN numbers and working out what model year a Z is. Unfortunately back last November some tard just pulled through of a gap in stationary traffic into my lane and path without thinking or looking and wrote my beloved 2010 off. Thankfully he admitted full liability (like he had a choice) and after arguing with the insurance company I got a more than fair payout. I was lucky enough to find an absolutely mint 2016 with only 9k on the clock a couple of blocks from work for sale at a reasonable price and snapped it up. The owner (a nice guy) had bought it but then got in the family way almost straight away. I noticed something odd though. On all the webpages about interpreting VINs it says the model year is represented by the 8th character from the right. Every VIN number on a 370z that I’ve seen is an A which would translate to 2010, even though the manufacture date is years after that. The other odd thing I noticed is that the seller advertised it as a 2016 MY15, but when I did the checks before buying, it came back as a 2016 MY17 which I believe would have initially been input by the dealer when they first registered it (it was a lightly used demo originally). So, a bit confused was I. Knowing there wasn’t a lot of physical difference for a couple of years between model years, does anyone know a sure fire way to work out the exact model year and to know for sure? The VIN plate says manufactured Jan 2016 but I’ve searched high and low to find when Nissan changed the model years without success. Anyone got any ideas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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