How to Identify Old Cars in Photographs - Genealogy Gems

How to Identify Old Cars in Photographs - Genealogy Gems

Differences between cars of the same model

Cars of the same model can vary greatly in body style and trim level. Often, just knowing the car model might not be enough to correctly identify a car when:

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Body styles Auto manufacturers might make a certain car model with several different body style options. For example, you can buy a 2018 Honda Civic as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. Here are some of the most common body style types: Coupe Sedan Hatchback Convertible Wagon SUV The body style informs a vehicle’s general shape, number of doors and mechanical setup, such as the engine, transmission and drivetrain. Body style can be the most important distinction for a vehicle, because it has a major impact on how a car is best used.

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Trim levels In addition to body styles, a car manufacturer might offer several trim options for a given model. Trim levels relate to the equipment and the styling on a particular vehicle. For example, the 2018 Honda Civic sedan has six different trim-level options: LX EX EX-T EX-L Si Touring Common trim levels are: Standard: no upgrades. Sport: upgraded engine performance and handling. Luxury: upgraded interior and smoother suspension. Some vehicles have alphanumeric naming conventions that can make it difficult to determine the difference between the model name and trim level of a vehicle. BMW, Mercedes and Lexus all practice these naming conventions. For these vehicles, you must decode the name of a vehicle to find the model name and trim package. For example, consider the 2018 BMW 540i. In “540i,” the first digit indicates that the model is a 5 Series, while the 40i indicates the trim level.

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Model year The model year of a car is one of the main ways that cars of the same make and model are differentiated. However, a vehicle’s model year is not necessarily the same as the year it was manufactured. It is important to note that the cost of car insurance changes with the age of a car . You can usually purchase a vehicle for a given model year a few months before the calendar year actually starts. For example, the 2018 Honda Civic was available for purchase starting in late summer 2017.

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Part 2 of 3: Learn vehicle makes

Now that you can tell the difference between the various types of vehicles on the road, keep an eye out and classify everything when on the road. Maybe some will catch your eye as odd-ball cars that seem to fit into multiple categories.

From ultralight sports cars with no doors to lifted Subarus with knobby tires, there are a number of things out there that will not fit into a single category. That is why it helps to know the names of the common manufacturers of vehicles on the road.

Step 1: Know the makes of domestic vehicles. Domes

Step 1: Know the makes of domestic vehicles. Domestic vehicles, whose brands originate in the United States, are extremely common on the roads in this country.

Be sure to keep an eye out for their logos as well, which will help you to identify them.

  • Note: Some cars often own others. Ford owns Lincoln, Chrysler owns Jeep and Dodge, and GM owns GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac
Step 2: Know the makes of Asian imports. After dom

Step 2: Know the makes of Asian imports. After domestic vehicles, Asian imports are the next most popular.

This is mainly due to their above-average reliability and fuel economy. Again, knowing these logos can go a long way to keeping your eyes sharp.

Step 3: Learn the European imports. European impor

Step 3: Learn the European imports. European imports are less popular than domestic vehicles and Asian imports, but are still extremely popular and commonly seen on the road.

Knowing this logos will be of great help to you as well.

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