What does "model year" mean and how do I recognise it?
The model year is the technical status quo of a vehicle, i.e. with a model year of 1991, the vehicle was built between autumn of 1990 and autumn of 1991, the manufacturing month may be printed on a sticker on the driver’s door or its frame, the model year itself is indicated on the Certificate of Title as well as within the “Vehicle identification number” (VIN).
Be careful when buying a second hand-car in the USA! The issue date of the "Certificate of Title" (US-registration paper) is not automatically the same as the initial registration date, after the second ownership transfer at the latest the initial registration date disappears from the papers! Hence, you may be offered a car the title of which is "06-03-1993", yet the vehicle belongs to the model year of 1991, for instance.
The price must be reduced accordingly! IMPORTANT: Keep your hands off a car with no “Title“ – even when the offer is as enticing as can be.