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Why do auto repair companies ask for the VIN number?


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2007-11-04 12:04:04
2007-11-04 12:04:04

The VIN number (Vehicle Identification Number) tells the company exactly which options your car has, like engine size, transmission type, trim package, heavy duty cooling or not etc.

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The VIN number should have an indicator. VIN number references can be found online or in the repair manual for your car.

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at an auto parts store, when they ask for the vin code its the eigth letter in the vin number.

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The answer is both, yes and no. Periodically, the auto manufacturers send the list of VIN [vehicle identification number] to the authourised repair shops to assist in the recovery of the stolen vehicles. The VIN is unique to each vehicle and thus has complete information of the vehicle. In an event of a theft, the VIN is flashed across the network for recovery. However, this exercise is limited only to the dealer-workshop network and if the vehicle does not report within this network, it cannot be traced. Ofcourse the local Police can definitely assist in its recovery through their efforts. Bhupinder

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there should be ? a tag on the drivers side door giving all the spec's , or you can call your local gm repair shop and they should be able to give that info using you vin# ,OR check library/ chiltons auto manual , and have vin# in hand. your vin# numbertells you ALOT about your vehicles.

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If you are looking for the engine code in the VIN number, it is usually the 5th or the 8th number. Go to your local auto parts store and have them look up your engine, tell them you need to know your VIN code. They will be able to give you options like "It's either A, C, or L" and then look at the VIN number of your car, find the VIN code, and that is what it will always be.


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