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Old 06-06-2009, 07:06 PM   #301
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In some cases the VIN doesn't even seem to help the parts guy behind the counter lol
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:23 PM   #302
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After working auto parts counters for many years without computers (yes I'm old) providing the VIN to get the correct part for your car is the smartest thing you can do. The statements of mid year part changes is absolutely true and can hang up your repair if you do not get the correct part. or worse yet cause a malfunction because of small differences not visible to the naked eye.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:23 PM   #303
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i work at a subaru dealership in parts and people saying we ask for the vin to track people or some kind of scam are way to paranoid about somethin! its to determine the build date and specifics of the car, you wouldnt believe all the early and late model cars and the little changes they have. now i saw someone say they asked for the vin for buying lugnuts, they probably didnt need the vin if they new what they were doing, but i can assure you they werent tracking you or anything. if they ask for the vin give it to them, you get the correct part every time, unless they pull it wrong......
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:31 PM   #304
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I work at a car dealership (not Subaru) at the parts counter and deal with vins all day. There is no way to track a cash ticket for some part that later the service dept. sees you bought. Lighten up people. It's not your social security number.
I order body parts and mechanical parts from every manufacturer for our body shop and service dept. all day long. The first thing any manufacturer will ask is the vin.
I've had cars completely change styles mid year. So when they have a Feb of 2005 model, it could look like a Nov of 2004 or June of 2005 but not both. They just know it's an 05.
If you want the right part, bring your vin with you.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:24 AM   #305
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:54 PM   #306
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Try getting 'em to look up parts for my saab 92x, they tell me there is a saab dealer down the street, lol.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:21 PM   #307
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one problem with the system is that when I tried to get a tachometer on my '99 brighton they said "your car wasn't made with one"m my reply "why do you think I want one?" then asked him to try on a '99 outback sport....he looked at me like as if he didn't understand a word I said
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #308
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Try getting 'em to look up parts for my saab 92x, they tell me there is a saab dealer down the street, lol.


even though its the same car its a pita to look up certain parts without a vin and a sab vin obviosuly wont work in a subaru catalog. Unless you know exactly what you want.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:51 PM   #309
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now i saw someone say they asked for the vin for buying lugnuts, they probably didnt need the vin if they new what they were doing, but i can assure you they werent tracking you or anything. if they ask for the vin give it to them, you get the correct part every time, unless they pull it wrong......
I had the dealership flat out refuse to sell me the centercap to my wheel without a VIN. What's funny is I can go onto the internet and get ANY of the parts I need without one from a dealership in California, with the parts diagram. Part number helpful,but not needed. I did this and got the exact part I needed as well as many others.

I do not agree with a a midyear change not fitting UNLESS the change is dramatic. What I've found is with most parts systems, the change is noted and it gives you both options. Otherwise, the part is revised completely and it is replace in the system. Needing a vin is an antiquated system for completely knowledgeless parts people. Seriously, if Subaru can't hire a parts person with some basic parts knowledge or be able to read a diagram, there's soemthing wrong.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:40 AM   #310
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Seriously, if Subaru can't hire a parts person with some basic parts knowledge or be able to read a diagram, there's soemthing wrong.
It's not always that simple! Work in the business awhile and you'll understand. I have expansive parts knowledge, and I need VIN numbers to correctly identify part numbers ever single day. The fact you've gotten parts right the way you have is good, I can do this 80-90% of the time, too. It's easier to just get the VIN upfront before wasting time getting to a diagram, and then finding out you need it and have to wait for the customer to come back.

When the mid-year production changes that some of us have been mentioning finally rear the ugly heads when you've got your car apart... you'll wish you had just given them the VIN. These changes are often more drastic then you assume.

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:55 PM   #311
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It's not always that simple! Work in the business awhile and you'll understand. I have expansive parts knowledge, and I need VIN numbers to correctly identify part numbers ever single day. The fact you've gotten parts right the way you have is good, I can do this 80-90% of the time, too. It's easier to just get the VIN upfront before wasting time getting to a diagram, and then finding out you need it and have to wait for the customer to come back.

When the mid-year production changes that some of us have been mentioning finally rear the ugly heads when you've got your car apart... you'll wish you had just given them the VIN. These changes are often more drastic then you assume.
so what excuse do you have for this
my local subaru dealer refused to sell me parts after i provided the part numbers.i needed three parts quickly and sourced all the numbers to speed it up.he told me that it was "great"i looked up my own numbers but he didnt care.either i give him the vin or go somewere else.needless to say i took it up with the GM.ended up with free parts,free oil change and 20% off my next order
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:10 PM   #312
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so what excuse do you have for this
my local subaru dealer refused to sell me parts after i provided the part numbers.i needed three parts quickly and sourced all the numbers to speed it up.he told me that it was "great"i looked up my own numbers but he didnt care.either i give him the vin or go somewere else.needless to say i took it up with the GM.ended up with free parts,free oil change and 20% off my next order
There is no excuse for that. Not the way I would have handled it. There's a big difference when someone has (or hasn't) done their research and hands me a part number. I'm glad to use it. The customer has no one to blame but themselves if it's wrong in that case.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:27 AM   #313
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There is no excuse for that. Not the way I would have handled it. There's a big difference when someone has (or hasn't) done their research and hands me a part number. I'm glad to use it. The customer has no one to blame but themselves if it's wrong in that case.
yes but when the parts are wrong the customer comes back, complains about the wrong parts and that the parts department should have double checked, and asked for a return, and guess whose shelf those parts sit on if they are not regular fast moving parts? people can think they are looking up the right part numbers from the forums or whatever but dealers have the right software to look up parts properly via vin numbers. THE SAME MODEL YEAR CAN HAVE MULTIPLE PARTS FOR THE SAME THING, PARTS CAN CHANGE MID MODEL YEAR! just give your vin number. make everyones life easier. if it was a secret code that no one should know about IT WOULDN'T BE RIGHT UNDER YOUR WINDSHIELD ON THE FRONT OF YOUR CAR

nation, can i ask what you were trying to buy?
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:57 AM   #314
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^^ I agree with you as far as wanting to double check the numbers I'm being provided, but I generate enough return reserve at my dealership that I usually don't have to worry about this. Unless the part is more then a couple hundred bucks, then I insist that I check it to make sure it's right so I'm not stuck with an expensive slow mover.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:31 PM   #315
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Even non-forum people should know what year car they own but oh well

one would hope, but even this isnt always the case.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:30 PM   #316
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I stopped reading by page 5 so I know im missing a lot, but how did this thread make it to 13 pages? Pure curiosity.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:12 AM   #317
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i tried to get touch up paint and they wanted the vin and after they asked me what i was going to put the paint on.....
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:14 PM   #318
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i tried to get touch up paint and they wanted the vin and after they asked me what i was going to put the paint on.....
I'm sure they meant which part. Some guys are overly helpful and want to give pointers on how to do it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:06 PM   #319
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well, i took my 2010 legacy to the dealer and they had to special order a warranty part... i drop off the car to get the part replaced, turn out they ordered the wrong part, i dont know whats the deal anymore...
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:49 PM   #320
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Hi folks, my 06 imprezza is ready for new brake pads. Should I buy them from a dealer or look else where? What is a reasonable amount to pay for brake pads??? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:23 PM   #321
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i tried to get touch up paint and they wanted the vin and after they asked me what i was going to put the paint on.....
Did you give them the paint code? I work in a parts department (Nissan) and paint colors mean nothing to me (way too many versions of the same color.) However, if you ask for KH3 I'll know what to get you.
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Hi folks, my 06 imprezza is ready for new brake pads. Should I buy them from a dealer or look else where? What is a reasonable amount to pay for brake pads??? Thanks in advance.
Wrong place to ask, but I'll point ya in the right direction. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32 You'll find some FAQ and stuff like that there.

Just try to stay on topic when posting in threads. This one is about parts departments asking for VINs, and some folks will flame you for posting in the wrong spot. Some of us are nicer then that though. Hopefully my link will answer what you need to know. Good luck!

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Did you give them the paint code? I work in a parts department (Nissan) and paint colors mean nothing to me (way too many versions of the same color.) However, if you ask for KH3 I'll know what to get you.
+1, it's almost like looking at the names of lipstick or finger nail polish colors at Walgreens. And no, I wasn't shopping for myself. My wife works there.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:31 AM   #323
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i know right i want i 2.5rs limited slip rear diff for my outback sport but they give me trouble about not having the right vin number. JUST GIVE ME THE PART I WANT lol and i think its for warranty purposes and to see if us gear heads are working on our warranty car...........and its the "mans" fault too
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:51 AM   #324
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I stopped reading by page 5 so I know im missing a lot, but how did this thread make it to 13 pages? Pure curiosity.
Dude it started in 07 I don't think anyone has realized that yet.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #325
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When i was doing my car stuff at CustomAutoAccessories deals I heard also these 2 customers talking about VIN and stuff. Bottom line, I heard the other one says it's a scam. I really don't know if that was true or not.
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