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Why Do We Ask For Your VIN Number?

Kent Lansing
May 20, 2020

Here at Glassy, we strive to provide service as seamlessly possible. One of the ways that we accomplish this is by getting all the necessary information before you step foot into one of our provider shops. 

For more information: What Is a VIN Number and How Do I read it?

Why do we ask for your VIN?

Back when dinosaurs roamed the land and vehicles did not have Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), it was a simple task to find the right part when replacing a windshield. Nowadays, even within a specific model of vehicle, there can be an array of possibilities. For example, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler has 22 different possible windshields, depending on style and additional features.

By asking for your VIN number before scheduling an appointment, that allows us to determine your specific vehicle, and connect you with a shop that is capable of meeting your needs. Your time is a valuable resource, and we do everything in our power to not wast

While it is possible to identify the correct parts without your VIN, there is a significantly higher margin of error that can result in delayed service or the inability to service your vehicle. To that end, we HIGHLY recommend that you provide your VIN when scheduling an appointment.

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What is a VINs Purpose?

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) serve many additional purposes outside of identifying the necessary parts, here are a few of them:

When buying a vehicle, the VIN allows you to use CarFax or another similar service to obtain a vehicle history report, identifying previous registration, major accidents, service history, and any red flags.

By nature, a VIN is a serial number for a vehicle. When purchasing car insurance, you are required to provide the unique VIN for the vehicle being insured. This prevents the Smith family from purchasing coverage for one vehicle to cover all 5 of their identical 2013 Honda CR-V’s.

Is it safe to disclose my VIN?

In short, it is completely safe and beneficial in many situations to disclose your Vehicle Identification Number. 

A common concern when vehicle owners prefer not to divulge their VIN, is that hopeful car thieves can use it to get a duplicate key cut at a dealership. In a way, this would be similar to thinking that writing a paper check would give the recipient access to your bank account. Similarly to accessing a bank account with just an account number, getting a duplicate key cut by a dealer is not done by simply presenting the appropriate VIN. Rather, it requires comprehensive identification and proof of ownership. 

Another common misconception is that ill-intentioned individuals can use a VIN to retrieve personal information about the current or previous owners.  By nature, a VIN contains valid information about the vehicle itself, not the owner. Additionally, while title documents link owners to the registered vehicle, the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act prevents the DMV from releasing private information.