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Where is your car made

Last month we revealed, amongst much consternation from our readers, that manufacturers and importers are not legally bound to state where a car is made.

We then conducted a short quiz on origins with some interesting results.

So firstly, let’s look at the findings from the fun quiz then we’ll tell you how you can discover where your car was made – if you know the secret codes!

Quiz Results – Key Findings

  • At the time of writing an amazing 3,924 people took the quiz.
  • The average person answered just 38% of the questions correctly.
  • Congratulations to 112 people who got 100% right
  • Whereas 658 people might be a bit disappointed that they didn’t get a single question correct!

The quiz is still open if you haven’t yet had a go!

NOW I know where that car comes from!

Hey! Just look at your VIN (vehicle identifiation number, it’s on your rego documents and a elsewhere) and you can tell – if you can decipher the secret code.

You see, the first two letters of the VIN number do denote the manufacturing location.

But if the vin starts with ‘SA’ would you know that it is made in the UK?

Or 3A means it’s made in Mexico?

Probably not, until now, that is.

So, to help you out, we have listed below the first two digits for vin numbers and their origin code for some of the major manufacturing countries.

VA through VE – Austria6A through 6W – AustraliaYA through YE – Belgium
9A through 9E – Brazil2A through 2O – CanadaLA through LO – China
YF through YK – FinlandVF through VR – FranceSN through ST – Germany
WA through WO – GermanyTR through TV – HungaryZA through ZR – Italy
JA through JO – JapanPL through PR – Malaysia3A through 3W – Mexico
XL through XR – NetherlandsSU through SZ – PolandU5 through U7 – Slovak Republic
AA through AH – South AfricaKL through KR – South KoreaVS through VW – Spain
YS through YW – SwedenML through MR – ThailandNL through NR – Turkey
SA through SM – United Kingdom1A through 1O – United States4A through 4O – United States

5A through 5O – United States

OK, that’s a start, but we don’t think it’s enough. we feel that the actual name of the country of origin should also be clearly written on the vin plate, and it can’t be that difficult as the code is the key.

If you would like to make a comment on car manufacrturer origins on our blog page then please do!