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I did a search and was unsuccessful in finding the following; specifically, with all the CTS's gathering on the dealers' lots these days ...
Is it possible to determine the build date from the VIN?
Thanks in advance. :thumbsup:
 

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i was curious about this also especially the exact date it was built, not just the month and year inside the door
 

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The VIN does not contain any direct indication of the build date. The final 6 digits are the production sequence/serial number, so this can give you some indication, but it would just be a guess based on production volumes. For detailed information on "decoding" GM VINs, click here.
 

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i was curious about this also especially the exact date it was built, not just the month and year inside the door
Have your dealer run your VIN through the GM VIS system. They can give you the build date. Maybe one of the forum members that work at a GM dealership will volunteer to do it for you.
 

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I think he might just want to see if one is a newer build or has been sitting for a while when he search's around.

My car was Built 11/08 and last the 6 of the vin are ....152020
My dealer just got a new CTS a few weeks back, assuming it was built in Feb or Mar the last 6 of the vin are ...165279.

Most of GM plants were down Xmas thru Jan........
 

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I think he might just want to see if one is a newer build or has been sitting for a while when he search's around. (snip)
Exactly, Z71 ... When and if I do decide to make the move to a new CTS (hopefully later this year), I'd prefer to buy one with the newest build date. Thanks for everyone's feedback! :thumbsup:
 

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Remember also to consider the price increases. It might not matter in some areas if the prior 2009s are already sold, but mine had three exactly as I wanted, one with a base of 39,8XX and the other two were 40,7XX. The older one had thirty miles on it, while the other two had sixty and seventy. I went with the older one thinking the savings was more than worth it.
 

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I'm trying to play the same game. I've found a 2009 CTS at a local lot whose last six VIN digits are 147757. So this may have been built when, maybe October 2008? If it's really been sitting on the dealer's lot for six months, I'm hoping I can swing a really sweet deal.

What's the most anyone has talked a dealer down on a CTS recently, anyway? I've heard stories of $10K below MSRP, which is about what I need for the car in question.
 

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You are not going to even get close to $10g below msrp without any GM incentives. I paid invoice and got $5,500 (3,500 GM + 2000 GM card) in GM incentives back in Jan and it was roughly $8700 off sticker of a $52g car BUT the @#$%^&* Michigan taxes eroded most of the discount. I suppose if the dealer gives up his hold back you could reach 10g but that's not likely unless the new models are out and the car has been sitting for a long long time. I know someone who saved that much off a Yukon Denali but it was in dealer inventory for over 500 days.

You would think with the Michigan economy and GM on the ropes they would offer some kind of tax moratorium in Michigan if you bought a new car. Nope, no way with penny jenny.
 

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I know $10K off MSRP is a lot to ask. But, in addition to the standard incentives out there, I qualify for a couple of the other promotions that are going on...I can get 'supplier pricing' through my employer, along with the credit union discount. Those probably don't stack, but it's not impossible that the dealer could get creative and spread the pain out if he wants to move the car.

And really, the worst they can do is say 'no'.
 

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Wow. Not only is $10K off a lot to ask, but apparently *anything* off is too much. I can't get a dealer in the Atlanta area to admit that it's possible to get a car for less than MSRP minus GM promos. Obviously all that bailout cash they've devoured has addled their brains, so I'm off to look at an Infiniti G37.
 
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