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Old 03-05-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Is it safe to give out the VIN number of your car? Someone posted an ad online saying they work at a dealership and do repair work on the side. I responded and inquired about some work I'd like to have done to the car and he requested the VIN number and said that he could also take care of any recalls they car might have at the same time. I read this about people using VIN #'s to obtain duplicate keys and I got a little concerned:

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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I wouldn't worry too much... It falls into the same category of people who get nervous when they expose their license plate in a photograph, it's almost as if they forgot that everyone driving on the road sees it everyday. Same goes with the vin... depending on its location you can just walk up to any windshield and jot it down... along with the plate number!
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Any key ordered still needs to be programmed. I always laugh when people blur out license plates. Useless info.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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It's fine to give out the VIN. Anyone can get it when they look at your car anyway.

Also, when you say "VIN number", it's like saying "ATM machine". It's redundant.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Also, when you say "VIN number", it's like saying "ATM machine". It's redundant.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Is it safe to give out the VIN number of your car? Someone posted an ad online saying they work at a dealership and do repair work on the side. I responded and inquired about some work I'd like to have done to the car and he requested the VIN number and said that he could also take care of any recalls they car might have at the same time. I read this about people using VIN #'s to obtain duplicate keys and I got a little concerned:

snopes.com: VIN Car Thieves
Vehicle Identification Numbers are safe to "give out." I cannot buy anything more sophisticated than a key fob at the local GM dealership without it. VIN's are unique: Take a VIN to the parts counter of the corresponding dealership and request a "build sheet" and a service history," and be amazed at the information provided. If you're an auto fanatic, the VIN is like a "fingerprint" of your car (or, "DNA" if you will). No cause to worry about "Vehicle Identity Theft. Without a VIN, you have no prior owner vehicle history to track either. Using CarFax and/or Experian Auto Check, the VIN gives you a comprehensive background on any auto you own or are interested in owning (I used AutoCheck extensively while searching for my wife's present car). When ordering parts or getting repairs, the VIN is your (and mechanic's) best friend.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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What other have said. Also, anybody can see the VIN number of your car by looking-in through the windshield. It's on the dashboard right by the lower edge of the windshield on the driver's side.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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Good advice, I just know that if you have rare car then do not provide vin to the strangers online.
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