How Do You Work Out A Caravan’s Build Year?
Caravan build year is very important when working out its value. It should be top of your list of considerations when working out if you are getting a good price. So how do you work out your caravan build year? Our pre owned specialists explain…
CARAVAN BUILD YEAR GIVEAWAY: VIN NUMBER
The VIN number, also known as the chassis number, serial number or CRIS number, is the main indicator of your caravan’s age.
You will find the VIN number either in the window, door or A frame. It has 17 digits and in more modern caravans is scratched into the window, so it cannot be removed.
The 10th character of your VIN number denotes how old your caravan is.
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
If your VIN is shorter than 17 digits, this indicates that the caravan is older than 1992. The year should be indicated in the first 2 digits of this code. If there is no VIN number to be found, this could also indicate that it is older, as VIN numbers were not strictly required before 1992.
CARAVAN AGE GIVEAWAY: SALES DOCUMENTS
If you bought your caravan from a reputable dealer, you should have been given documents outlining the caravan’s age and service history. Try and find them as they could solve the mystery for you. Often, dealers will include it as the caravan’s title e.g Sterling Europa 565 1997 for a 1997 vehicle.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARAVAN AGE AND BUILD YEAR
There is no difference in age and build year, but it is worked out a little differently to our normal calendar year.
The caravan build year starts September 1st and runs to August 31st.
So you could buy a brand new caravan in October 2018 that is classed as a 2019 model. Likewise, you could purchase a caravan in August 2018 and it is considered a year old by the following month.
All caravans are classified under this “build year” structure.
HAVING TROUBLE WORKING OUT YOUR CARAVAN’S AGE?
Get in touch with us and we will help you establish the age and value of your caravan. We buy in caravans of all ages every week, so we have a keen eye for working out their age and worth.