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Old 11-03-2009, 12:21 PM   #326
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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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Old 11-05-2009, 09:53 AM   #327
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I am only asked for the last 6 numbers.
Never the whole thing.
Not even 1 time @ 7 different dealers & SOA.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:06 PM   #328
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It is the first time I meet this situation
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:57 PM   #329
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I work at a dealership and i always ask customers for VIN usually no matter the part. The VIN gives a lot of information that customer may not know, some people don't know what year their car is. It may save you a trip back to the dealership in the long run.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:19 PM   #330
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what u mean
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:39 PM   #331
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I haven't read through all of the pages but. I work at an independent shop in N. IL and own a subaru and have had to order parts from my local dealership and of course they needed my vin. I too have been curious why they always need it and have been told that the dealership actually can use it for marketing. Well a couple weeks later guess what I get in the mail a bunch of coupons for subaru only oil changes, tire rotations, etc... and my car has never seen their shop. The only way they could have known my name, address and that I own a subaru is from my vin!
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:00 AM   #332
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because the phrase "VIN split" will change your life forever.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:28 AM   #333
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idk if it was just my dealership, but when I bought the car there was 3 copies of the VIN and a barcode for each (same barcode) on stickers. I just take it into the parts counter and have them Scan it.. Hassle Free
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:17 PM   #334
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #335
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I work at a dealership and i always ask customers for VIN usually no matter the part. The VIN gives a lot of information that customer may not know, some people don't know what year their car is. It may save you a trip back to the dealership in the long run.
I didn't read the whole thread.....just the first and last page.

A lot of you guys are freaking out over nothing....it's not a conspiracy theory or anything.


BTW, there are NEVER O's or I's in VIN's....

Only zeros and ones.


Also, as stated many times in this thread I'm sure, they only ask for the last 6-8 digits so they can match the right part to your car because of rolling changes in the manufacturing process, known as "VIN Breaks"


It's rather simple really....

Tell them your VIN, get the right part every time, and if you see any black helecoptors near your house, think of what else it can be they're there for besides you buying Turbo exhaust gaskets for a non-turbo car or race gas for a car that's out of warranty.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:33 PM   #336
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I agree!
They ordered me the wrong wheels, give the VIN, avoid the trouble.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:12 PM   #337
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but sometimes it helps because there are odd model year splits and things that are just easier to make sure are correct with a VIN supplied.
I know where your coming from that, earlier this month I was asking for a price check on '05 LGT 5 speed gears and said I needed a VIN; so what am I supposed to do when I want a EJ257.. give them a VIN, get real. In a way I see it as them getting out of work if the customer doesn't supply a VIN
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:15 PM   #338
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they are the Anti-Christ and want to label you with a number
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:25 AM   #339
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Thanks for this post. Undoubtedly, the demand for HID kit has increased due to its popularity. There was a time when it was considered as an expensive option on new prestigious vehicles but now it has become a standard fitment for many mainstream cars.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:40 PM   #340
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that way there they can research previously repaired parts so they can break others and get you to buy new ones!
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:44 AM   #341
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its cuts down on theft as well as the dealer getting burned as they think replacing parts that were misused some how....
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:56 AM   #342
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is possible 4 us the owners get info concerning our ru's history if we weren't 1st owners or is this for the dealer records..... thankx
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:00 AM   #343
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I work at a dealership and i always ask customers for VIN usually no matter the part. The VIN gives a lot of information that customer may not know, some people don't know what year their car is. It may save you a trip back to the dealership in the long run.
can the owners share/get this info concerning there RU's history or is it just 4 the dealer? thankx
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:04 AM   #344
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Vin. number tells the dealership What car, What type and a lot of other things. Plus helps to individualize the order.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:28 AM   #345
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It's pretty much worthless if you own Frankenstein cars. My WRX is 03-05 depending on the part. My Jeep is 85-04 depending on the part.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:04 PM   #346
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I can understand using the vin for the layman, but for those of us who know what we want its bs that we need to find a vin just to get a part.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:16 AM   #347
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i was asked for headlights and a airfilter
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:44 AM   #348
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I can understand using the vin for the layman, but for those of us who know what we want its bs that we need to find a vin just to get a part.
Are you serious????? It's bs that you need to find a vin??? This takes 5 seconds....

360+ posts over a 17 digit number. Wow! It's been said many, many times and I'll say it again. The VIN is required so that the correct part is ordered. Even "experts" who think they know the correct part number will make mistakes. Having a database where you can find EVERY part for the exact car ensure no mistakes. Sure there are people who have switched parts from other years...if you need a part that wasn't originally on your car, then just tell the dealership that. They can work around it. But when you buy the wrong part because you think you had the correct number, don't whine. There is a reason dealerships have gone to using this...and it's wasn't so that they could read about complains from tons of posts on nasioc. They did it to ensure speed and accuracy. 99% of people don't know parts numbers or even where to find them....so rather than scrolling through tons and tons of pages in a parts manual they can find the correct parts in a couple of seconds.

I do not understand why this is such a hassle for people.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #349
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I work in a Subie parts dept. You have no clue how much easier a VIN makes looking up something. Our catalog isn't broken down by each individual year, it's by categories of cars(IE: 02-07 Impreza is all one section). We both know how different some parts can be from an 02 wrx to an 07 STI.
On the same hand, if you call me with a part number, i don't care. Makes my life easy.
If you call for a part w/o a VIN, at least have a clue(IE: if it's an STI, know that it's an 05, bonus points for knowing the engine code/trim level for something weird).
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:37 AM   #350
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And no, we do not record VINS for marketing purposes at my dealership. We tried at one point, but it's just too much hassle for the little return.
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