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Old 12-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #461
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Originally Posted by RustyHinge View Post
I know that at Subaru, we run 3 different systems that don't cordinate/communicate with eachother. If you have a part number or a paint code, the code may be supercessed or different in our invoicing system. With a VIN, I can go into our parts program, pull up your paint code, match it with Subaru or America (to see if they haven't changed/updated numbers) then plug the most updated number into our invoicing system.

Thats one of the reasons that it may seem like we are taking an eternity to find a simple item. We are just trying to PREVENT a miscommunication/wrong part. With the correct last 8 characters of the VIN, its just one less variable that could cause a problem.

Nothing is guarnteed without the VIN.
Most customers wont mind...its the one's who assume our system is like Pepboys/Autozone who get impatient and wont understand.

Originally Posted by silverstreak02 View Post
Well that makes a lot of sense. Our Mitsubishi ASA Caps system is god awful. Without a VIN, I'll get 25 results for a valve cover gasket on the same engine..its like wtf lol. If there's only one guarantee, it's the VIN won't lie..unless you have a 2006+ Eclipse, then good luck lol
Mitsubishi ASA is still easier without the VIN compared to Subaru FAST.
And forget about VW....ETKA stops breaking VINs down on pre-2000 models, but having the VIN still allows alot of decoding the old way.

Originally Posted by RustyHinge View Post
Thanks for agreeing with me man, most people haven't had a chance to deal with it like us.
The VIN really doesn't lie.

I hope I helped clear up some things that people may have not known in the past. The VIN really does have a purpose with the parts department. Don't be scared of getting your warranty voided after buying parts from Subaru.

PM me if you have any questions.
Thanks for all the other dealership parts guys for chiming in on this.

After reading through the entire thread its pretty much obvious at this point that people who don't/won't/refuse to understand need to work a month behind a parts counter. Then reality can come kick them in the face.
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