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Hey guys,

This question might look like stupid, but humor me :)

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I`m about to get a 530i. When I asked the dealer, he said this car is a 2018, when I checked VIN it says Prod. Date 2017-07-10 !!

How is it possible that a car is made on July 7th 2017 and buyer gets charged for a 2018 car?

Am I missing something?
 

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Model year is an old traditional terminology. European VIN tenth digit might be the only formal ***8216;model year***8217; designation and it is assigned by the manufacturer.
 

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Hey, Doug :)

Ok but this car made on July 2017 is being priced as 2018 and the price difference is quiet high.

I just wanna know, to your knowledge, Can a car made on July 7th 2017 actually be sold as a 2018?! the dealer charges a considerable price difference for this!!

I mean, if this is not important, then why does VIN search show up Product date?!

Am I right to say this car is definitely 2017 and not a 2018?
 

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Model year is not build date necessarily. My 2012 was built in February 2012.

LOL. I found this at the Wikipedia Model Year article; ***8220; For legal purposes, various definitions for "model year" are given in various federal laws, including 42 USC 7521(b)(3)(A), 26 USC 4064(b)(4), and 49 USC 32901(a)(15)***8221;
 

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Yeah well unless you made a typo, you just confirmed what I meant.

Your 2012 was made on February 2012, so it is 2012

The 2018 I`m being offered was made in July 2017 !!

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My point being, if a dealer says "hey people, the car I`m selling you is 2018" , so, where does it say 2018? I`m not gonna take dealer`s word for it!
 

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Is the BMW I'm shopping really a 2018?

Hey guys,

This question might look like stupid, but humor me :)

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I`m about to get a 530i. When I asked the dealer, he said this car is a 2018, when I checked VIN it says Prod. Date 2017-07-10 !!
How is it possible that a car is made on July 7th 2017 and buyer gets charged for a 2018 car?
Am I missing something?
It's not a silly question - A BMW's production date and model year can be confusing. If you check the configuration guides available for several different BMWs located in various model sub-forums you will find information for start and end of production dates.

It used to be that auto model years were more closely aligned with a 12 month calendar - that is no longer the case ... even moreso for BMWs. And various options, packages, and other "minor details" are juggled around making the comparisons even more confusing.

As for the specific BMW you're eyeing - if it is a production date "JULY-2017" being offered for sale in "FEB-2018" and the VIN confirms it is a model year 2018 AND it's built with the options you really want ... I'd use the several months delay getting that unit sold to your advantage and negotiate a DEAL. Or, you could wait just a few more months and buy a 2020 model year that will probably start showing up soon.
 

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Appreciated. You have always been helpful everytime I posted a topic.

It's not a silly question - A BMW's production date and model year can be confusing. If you check the configuration guides available for several different BMWs located in various model sub-forums you will find information for start and end of production dates.

It used to be that auto model years were more closely aligned with a 12 month calendar - that is no longer the case ... even moreso for BMWs. And various options, packages, and other "minor details" are juggled around making the comparisons even more confusing.

As for the specific BMW you're eyeing - if it is a production date "JULY-2017" being offered for sale in "FEB-2018" and the VIN confirms it is a model year 2018 AND it's built with the options you really want ... I'd use the several months delay getting that unit sold to your advantage and negotiate a DEAL. Or, you could wait just a few more months and buy a 2020 model year that will probably start showing up soon.
Much appreciate your message. Now I get even a clearer insight of this.

The VIN which is offered as 2018 is G875834.

The VIN offered as 2017 is G875651.

Funny thing is, there is a considerable price diff between them and the one as 2017 is almost the same when one checks option list.

Could you plz check these two VINs and see if I should go with 2017 or 2018? The only diff is the color far as I can see.
 

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BMW's a relatively small company. So, their design and re-tooling takes place continuously, with a new model coming out roughly when the work's done.

The U.S. federal government defines what model year a car can be designated as. To be in a model year, it must be manufactured or imported on or before December 31st of that year. VW loaded up U.S. ports with TDI's right before the tighter diesel emission regulations took affect, maybe 2007. So, well into 2007 VW was selling 2006 TDI's which didn't have to meet the 2007 emission requirements.

To be designated in the next calendar year's model year, the first car cannot leave the factory (grounds) before January 1st of the current year. The most extreme example of that was the "1997" Ford F-150. Those trucks were stacking up in the transportation staging lots at the Norfolk Ford plant in late-1995. The first shipment left the factory grounds on or after January 2nd, 1996. Therefore, they could be legally designated as a model year 1997 even though they were built in late-1995.

There was an exceptionally short production period for 2018 G01 X3 30i's, from around August 2017 through March 2018. They were building 2019 X3 30i's at the same time they were still building 2018 X3 M40i's.

BMW's platforms (F10, G01, E46, etc.) usually stay in production six model years, with a refresh after the third year, called a "Life Cycle Impulse" (LCI). LCI's usually get new noses and rear bumpers, but not new sheet metal parts. Although, sometimes LCI's do include new sheet metal parts. A notable exception was the previous X5 was only in production five years (2014-2018), and never received an LCI.
 
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