What's the best way to tell the build date of a Clarity?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by EmZ, Nov 4, 2018.

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  1. I've read how to decode Honda VINs, but the number 9 digit doesn't seem to coincide with the month of manufacture like other Hondas, as far as I've checked. Is there an easier or better way? I want to avoid one that's been sitting a long time. Getting it today!
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  3. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    Look at the sticker in the door that has the date printed on it, along side the tire pressure information and VIN. It says "Manufactured by Honda Motor Co" in white print on a black sticker.

    It's highly likely they've *all* been sitting a long time. I doubt Honda is churning out fresh ones every day like they would be for better-sellers like Accords.
  4. E10

    E10 New Member

    Oh good, mine was built July 2018 and I bought end of September.

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  5. weave

    weave Active Member

    Considering it probably took a few weeks on a boat and then another week in transport inside the US (depending on where you live of course), that's pretty fresh.
  6. Mayjend

    Mayjend New Member

    Was surprised to see my sticker said 9/'18. I purchased last week.
    I was worried it'd been sitting at the dealer since 2017 heh.
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  8. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    I bought mine end of April and its sticker date is 12-'17. Get your young cars off its lawn, or something like that
  9. dnb

    dnb Active Member

    Mine is 7/18 bought in Sept so woot :)
  10. Brian Harrison

    Brian Harrison New Member

    So newer build date should mean less glitches, right? Moot point if dealer updates all software predelivery?
  11. lanb

    lanb Active Member

    It is about the battery being left uncharged (as most dealers tend to) for a long time, potentially affecting its lifespan.
    Not a hard and fast rule but more of a guidance.
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  13. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    That could be a good thing, though. The battery has a 10-year warranty, right? What if, kept in good shape and charged, it lasts 11 years, so your replacement isn't covered under warranty, but with the dealer abuse, it lasts only 9, so you get a warranty replacement and 18 years instead of 11? :p
  14. lanb

    lanb Active Member

    Assuming it fails and breaches the "warranty threshold". If it just deteriorates faster but doesn't meet the threshold ??
    Roll of dice imho :)

    I think in 10 years this car will be worth about $1000 so all this may be moot.

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