Having your vehicle’s VIN number available when you call Bow Auto Parts with save you time while ensuring you get the right part from the start.
When shopping for automotive parts, it’s often difficult to identify the right parts. Not only does the brand, model, and year of your vehicle matter but there are often additional variables such as engine size or whether your vehicle is 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive which may be crucial for finding the part you need.
Rather than going through each layer of questioning to find your part, Vehicle Identification Numbers or ‘VIN numbers’ allow our team to skip right to the parts that we know will fit your vehicle saving both of us time and improving accuracy. It also eliminates having to call back later and restart the process just so you can find crucial information about your vehicle.
How Can You Find Your VIN?
- 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.
- To avoid possible transcription errors, simply take a clear photo with your cell phone or be sure to write the VIN down accurately.
- Then give our auto experts a call and tell us the number shown in the photo or that you had written down.
- Now we can find your part on your first call, often within seconds, and be 100% sure it is the right part!
What is the Purpose of a Vehicle Identification Number?
AutoCheck notes, “The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves as 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.”
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