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
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.
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 manufacturer origins on our blog page then please do!