How to determine the left or right side of my car

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Left or Right / Nearside or Offside?

A common question about vehicles is how to determine the correct side when selecting a part.

Common terms of reference are left, right, nearside and offside.

The left or right side of your vehicle is easily determined by sitting inside the vehicle and facing the front.  Your left is the vehicles left side. Your right is the vehicles right side.

Nearside and Offside are determined by the country of origin and the side of the road the vehicle is normally driven on.

Nearside is the side closest to the kerb or pavement.  In the UK this is on the left side.
However, for left hand drive countries such as France or Germany, where vehicles are driven on the right side of the road, the nearside is on the right side (closest to the kerb).

Offside is the side furthest away from the kerb or pavement.  In the UK this is on the right side.

However, for left hand drive countries such as France or Germany, where vehicles are driven on the right side of the road, the offside is on the left side (furthest away from the kerb).

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