VIN number can only tell you directly where it was made not which country it
was built for. Characters 7 &8 GC =Germany, WP = Spain.
A Ford dealer might have a breakdown of the individual serial numbers - last
You do not say where you live but Ford does not import Focus' into the US,
all Focus' sold in the US are currently made in the US. As an aside the
first number of the VIN reveals the county or origin. '1' is the US, '2' is
Canada, '3' is Mexico, '4' is US with more than 40%, but less than 70%, of
total American content (not only parts.) '5' is US with less than 40%
American content (not only parts.) 'J' is Japan. 'I'M is Korea. I do not
recall at the moment the letter designation for the European counties
Sorry...it was the uk, and european specced vehicles aren't as well equiped
as uk ones. Also spares are difficult to source in the uk which is the more
My vin no. begins *WF05XXWPDM4.....
Don't know where you got yours from, but mine came in via Spain
and <was> to a full UK Spec, RHD 16v 3 door Zetec, Climate and Reflex
packs, all paperwork present and correct and a saving of 3500 UKP - the
only difference was that the Service record was in Spanish, but the
mechanic had been on holiday there so he could understand it OK! ;-)
Which spares do you reckon are different on European cars? - I can't
honestly see Ford making different cars for European markets as opposed
to ones for the UK (ignoring LHD/RHD issues)
As the original owner of a parallel import there are a couple of places to
1. In the original Log Book (if you have it). The supplying (foreign) dealer
should complete that section and stamp the pre-delivery inspection section.
2. The certificate of conformity is often in the language of the supplying
dealer (mine is in french)
3. Ask the DVLA or Revenue and Customs (from whom the VAT demand would have
As several posters have already said, if it's a parallel import, the vehicle
should be a UK spec car that was built for the UK market but was supplied
via a foreign dealer rather than a UK dealer. Apart from how it got to the
UK, it's identical. If, however, it is not a UK spec car, you may have
issues with insurance and resale value later on. You can always check old
spec sheets to find what your model should and should not have had and see
whether there is a match.
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