In one of our previous articles, we decoded a vehicle’s VIN, so you already know that the first 3 digits compose the World Manufacturer Identifier. In the US, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) assigns the WMI to countries and manufacturers.
Country or Region codes
Usually, the first letter is the country of manufacture, the second one is the manufacturer, and the third one is the vehicle type or manufacturing division.
The tables below show what country and region codes are hidden in your vehicle’s VIN search.
As you can see from the table above, AA-AH is a code that stands for South Africa. It covers the range AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, AG, and AH, meaning all vehicles with those codes were manufactured in South Africa.
|KF-KK||Israel||MS-M0||Myanmar||RA-RE||United Arab Emirates|
|L||China (Mainland)||NL-NR||Turkey||RS-R0||Saudi Arabia|
|SN-ST||Germany (formerly East Germany)||VF-VR||France||YA-YE||Belgium|
|TR-TV||Hungary||W||Germany (formerly West Germany)||Y3-Y5||Belarus|
|UU-UZ||Romania||XS-XW||Russia (formerly USSR)||Z3-Z5||Lithuania|
North America, South America, and Oceania codes
|South America||North America|
|8A-8E||Argentina||9F-9K||Colombia||1, 4, or 5||United States|
|8S-8W||Peru||9X-92||Trinidad & Tobago||3X-37||Costa Rica|
Some codes remain unassigned at the moment and can be claimed by new vehicle manufacturers. They are as follows:
Africa – FL-F0, GA-G0, HA-H0
Asia – NS-N0, PS-P0
Europe – S5-S0, T2-T0, UA-UG, U1-U4, U8-U0, ZS-ZW, Z6-Z0
North America – 30
South America – 90
Decode your vehicle’s VIN
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