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SIPP car codes

What exactly are "SIPP codes"?
SIPP codes industry standard for describing vehicles and are used to summarize the key features of a vehicle.
The codes usually have 4 characters, while each character describe a certain feature; for instance:
A CDMR code describes a Compact, 4/5 door, manual gear car with air conditioning.

A CDMR code can describe a vehicle of many different makes/models, such as a Volkswagen Golf, a Ford Focus, a Renault Megan, a Seat Leon, a Hyundai i30 and more.

Why are SIPP codes used?
The SIPP codes make it easier to compare between different vehicles by grouping vehicles with similar features together. As there are thousands of different models of vehicles in the world, a system of organizing them is needed.

If I book a specific model, will I definitely get it?
When you make a reservation for a vehicle, you are not guaranteed to receive that specific vehicle/model, however, you will receive either a vehicle with the same SIPP code or a vehicle with superior SIPP code (hence - you will be upgraded).
Actually, as the issue of models and their distribution between the different stations is a function of the car supplier operation, receiving a vehicle from a parallel model in the same car group that was booked is quite common, so we recommend you will not set your hopes on receiving a specific model or make.

The purpose of the SIPP code is to code the car group you have booked.

How to use SIPP codes?
Each of the 4 letters in the SIPP code describe a different thing - the type of vehicle, the number of doors, the transmission or whether the vehicle has air conditioning.
Below you can find a car code table as published in the ACRISS site*:


CATEGORY TYPE TRANSMISSION/DRIVE FUEL/AIR COND.
 M  Mini  B  2-3 Door  M  Manual  Unspecified Drive  R      Unspecified Fuel/Power With Air
 N  Mini Elite  C  2/4 Door  N  Manual 4WD  N  Unspecified Fuel/Power Without Air
 E  Economy  D  4-5 Door  C  Manual AWD  D  Diesel Air
 H  Economy Elite  W  Wagon/Estate  A  Auto Unspecified Drive  Q  Diesel No Air
 C  Compact  V  Passenger Van  B  Auto 4WD  H  Hybrid Air
 D  Compact Elite  L  Limousine  D  Auto AWD  I  Hybrid No Air
 I  Intermediate  S  Sport      E  Electric Air
 J  Intermediate Elite  T  Convertible      C  Electric No Air
 S  Standard  F  SUV      L  LPG/Compressed Gas Air
 R  Standard Elite  J  Open Air All Terrain      S  LPG/Compressed Gas No Air
 F  Fullsize  X  Special      A  Hydrogen Air
 G  Fullsize Elite  P  Pick up Regular ab      B  Hydrogen No Air
 P  Premium  Q  Pick up Etended Cab      M  Multi Fuel/Power Air
 U  Premium Elite  Z  Special Offer Car      F  Multi fuel/power No Air
 L  Luxury  E  Coupe      V  Petrol Air
 W  Luxury Elite  M  Monospace      Z  Petrol No Air
 O  Oversize  R  Recreational Vehicle      U  Ethanol Air
 X  Special  H  Motor Home      X  Ethanol No Air
     Y  2 Wheel Vehicle        
     N  Roadster        
     G  Crossover        
     K  Commercial Van/Truck        

* Last updated on July 2016. To review the most updated table please check the Acriss Site: http://www.acriss.org/expanded-matrix.asp

Use of different car codes:
The SIPP codes are a voluntary standard set by the industry body ACRISS (the official ACRISS site: http://www.acriss.org/ ). Car rental companies are encouraged to use these agreed SIPP codes but they are not obliged to do so.

Unfortunately, several If car hire companies are not part of this organization and use their own codes, which are slightly different from the industry standard, however in is recommended to use the table as presented on the ACRISS as indication.