I did not know there was a Parts Jerks thread. Allright just my kind of place. I have part number wars with the Parts Manager all the time.
It is all a bunch of crap. 95% of the time you do not need the VIN. VIN whores are lazy scumbags that don't want to do work. I never ask for the vin unless I really need it. Without it there is always a way...
BTW: FAST for the win!