Is Your Car an Import?

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Check for Yourself
What follows are 25 of the most popular vehicles sold in America and where they are built. As you will soon discover, many vehicles get produced in multiple factories and — in some cases — multiple countries. So how do you ultimately know where YOUR vehicle is built? If your vehicle is not listed here, look for its Vehicle Identification Number, often found at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side, or on the driver door jamb. The first character of the 17-character VIN indicates country of origin. If it is a 1, 4 or 5, final assembly is in the U.S. If the first digit is a 2, assembly is Canada; 3 is Mexico; J is Japan; K is Korea; S is the UK and W is Germany. (The example here is a Mercedes-Benz; the 4 as the first character reveals it is built in America.) Take a look — you might be surprised by what you find.

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