Originally Posted by eyeless99prez
I work for a subaru parts department they do it because one its easier to find the parts for your car and two they do it to make sure especially if u are trying to get blank keys made then they wanna make sure ur not trying to steal.. its really not a big deal..
Its kind of a big deal (or at least pain in the ass) when you're like me and bolt-on a turbo to your older NA Subie using parts from several different years and models (regular WRX's vs. STi's) and don't have a VIN for them. I had one guy that refused to look up parts unless I could provide him with a VIN.
When I did finally get to talking to the older more experienced Subie parts guy, he was easily able to provide me with everything I needed. To be smart, I saved all of the wrappers and labeled them for future gasket purchases so I can just cut to the chase.