Knowing your car's build date is an important factor when considering its resale value. A build plate is fixed to your car when it is first assembled and it can usually be found on the firewall in the engine bay.
It is important to understand that a build date is not the same as a compliance plate, a compliance plate, which is fitted to the vehicle by the importer (for imported cars) or the manufacturer (for locally built cars), confirms that the vehicle complies with Australian design standards for safety and emissions while the build plate confirms the date in which the car was first assembled.
In some cases, there might be a significant difference between the build and compliance dates due to shipping and storage time.
To help differentiate the two plates, its handy to remember that a compliance plate will include the words "manufactured to comply with" - similar to the sample image below.