The Importance of Having Your VIN # Ready

When you are shopping for used automotive parts for your car or truck, it can often be difficult to identify which exactly are the right parts for your specific vehicle. Year and model aren’t always enough.  The car’s unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can provide all the information required to find the right part.

What is the Purpose for a Vehicle Identification Number?

AutoCheck notes, “The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves is the car’s fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.”

Wikipedia reports, “VINs were first used in 1954 in the United States. From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.

“In 1954, at the request of the US government, US car manufacturers and the Automobile Manufacturers Association were involved in the creation of the new, standardized vehicle identification numbering system named the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with an agreed upon digit sequence and concealed chassis markings of this VIN.”

Why Have Your VIN Ready?

Having your VIN available when you call Bow Auto Parts about the parts you need helps both us and you. It provides us with an accurate parts list and history for the vehicle, reduces product errors. That saves you time and hassle.

How Can You find Your VIN?

  1. Typically, you can find the VIN by standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side and looking at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. If it’s not there, open the driver’s side door and look at the door post (where the door latches when it is closed) where it may be posted.
  2.  To avoid possible transcription errors, simply take a clear photo with your cell phone.
  3. Call and tell us the number shown in the photo or email the photo to us with your request. 

Whenever you need help finding a used vehicle part at a great price, we’re always ready to help so just give us a call.

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