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How can I tell where my vehicle was made?

Finding A Vehicle’s Manufacture Location Using the VIN

These days, cars are manufactured all over the world, and for whatever weird reason you have, you might want to know where your vehicle was built. Some people, for example, want to ensure their ride was assembled in a warm climate because they believe this results in it being infused with “sunshine vibes.” Others only drive vehicles manufactured in developing countries so that they can provide support to individuals living in economies with the greatest need.

Sometimes, however, it can seem hard to get your hands on this information. Customers often ask us here at Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury: is there an easy way to find out where my vehicle was made?

The easiest way to determine the general region in which your vehicle was built is to check the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. The first character in this string will give a clue as to where your ride was manufactured. The code works as follows:

  • 1, 4 or 5 – Made in the USA
  • 2 – Made in Canada
  • 3 – Made in Mexico
  • 6 and 7 – Made in Oceania
  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H – Made in Africa
  • J, K, L, M, N, P, and R – Made in asia
  • S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z – Made in Europe

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Where can I find my VIN?

The VIN is typically found on the lower-left corner of your dashboard, in front of the steering wheel. Like, where the dashboard meets the edge of the windshield on the driver’s side. It should be fixed to a metal plate and displayed in a way that anyone looking into the vehicle from outside can read it.

The spot above is the most common. However, the VIN may also be found in other harder-to-reach locations, such as the engine block, the front of the car frame, the rear wheel well, inside the driver-side doorjamb, on the driver-side doorpost, or underneath the spare tire. It should also be listed on your insurance card.

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