The Value of the VIN

February 1, 2017

If you’re looking to purchase an OEM part or accessory for your vehicle - one that FITS your vehicle (and you want to get it right the first time) - providing us with your VIN is one of the most important steps you can take.

Your vehicle’s VIN is matched to specific OEM parts and accessories by its auto manufacturer. Without your VIN, we have no way of guaranteeing the part you’ve ordered is the right match for your vehicle.

What is a VIN?

Every vehicle (car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, moped, etc.) has a Vehicle Identification Number (aka VIN) that serves as a specific identifying code for that vehicle.

Think of your vehicle’s VIN as its fingerprint. No two vehicles have the same VIN, just as no two humans have the same fingerprint.

A vehicle’s VIN relays information such as unique features, specifications, and automotive manufacturer. It can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, sales history, thefts, and insurance coverage.

Where is your vehicle’s VIN located?

The VIN can be found in a number of places, including on your vehicle’s registration card, body shop repair records, inside the driver-side doorjamb, and the lower-left corner of the dashboard (in front of the steering wheel). It’s a 17 character code that is unique to your vehicle and allows us to accurately match your vehicle to the corresponding OEM part or accessory you need.

All of our parts are genuine OEM (designed and engineered by the auto manufacturer), which means that each part is specifically designed to match certain VINs. In order to accurately provide you with the correct part for your vehicle, we need your vehicle’s VIN.

What if Your VIN is not 17 characters long?

First, double check. If you’re positive that you have the correct VIN - and didn’t accidentally miss a character or two when copying it - you most likely have a pre-1981 vehicle. Prior to 1981, Vehicle Identification Numbers varied from 11 to 17 characters in length.

Tasca Parts can only match OEM parts and accessories to vehicles that have 17 character VINs. 

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