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Old 06-27-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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I did a search here and did not see this topic, so I'd like to ask about VIN etching Kits. I just bought a new car and in these times we know auto theft rates are very high.

I only heard about VIN etching from researching costs for purchasing a new car and how some dealers try to convince you to purchase this product from them for hundreds of dollars when in fact you can buy a kit online for about 25.00 and DIY.

There theory goes by etching your VIN on your car doors and windows you make your car less attractive to thieves. I don't dispute that may be the case. My questions:

Has anyone ever bought this kit and done this to their car? I checked online at a couple of auto stores and nothing came up in their search boxes on their websites. I have only been able to find it at vinetching(kit) dot com

Does this make your car less attractive at trade-in or private sales time or is it a bonus?

Will this help with your insurance rates?

Thanks for any feed back.
What it does is make it less likely to be stolen and different VIN used. Its like everyhtign else;I guess on theft.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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i think you are almost better off installing a kill switch your self, nothing commercial. It can kill spark, or fuel, or both. The plus is only you know what and where it is. A thief is left guessing, unless he has means to tow the vehical.

You can really cause a ruckus if you add this in with a fuses that will allow the engine to start and go several yards, so the car dies in moving traffic. No theif wants that situtation. he can't stay and fix it, and if he tried he still won't know what went wrong. Other folks would see that and him running away.

If the theif does have means to tow, you right outta luck, unless you install a lo jack and the cops have the reciever.

If the vin number tricked worked really well the INS CO's would be all over it giving you a hearty discount. Are they?
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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It makes it harder to change the VIN plate to one from another vehicle when stolen.Call your insurance as to discount.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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How about this: Every Police Precinct in NYC does it for free and insurance companies will give you a discount anywhere from 3%-15% depending on company. Sometimes community centers, car clubs, schools, churchs and so on have a day where the cops send someone and they do anyone's car that shows up. Once again for free or a donation to the school, church or whatever.

Whether or not it will actually deter someone fro stealing your car is left to individual cases and is unknown. It might have worked you will never know since if it did deter a potential thief then your car was not stolen and you would have not known if it worked.

The main point is that it will save you money on your insurance every year that you own the car and have it insured.
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How is getting it done for FREE and getting a discount on your insurance not worth the effort?

That discount on your insurance is there every year until you no longer have that car insured. Lets say it a 5% discount...
Since you signed up on CD just to say this, you're obviously promoting VIN etching. Why don't put up some facts instead of just speculation? Why do you suppose it's a 5% discount? Don't you know what discount, if any, you're getting for it?

In reality, I'd be very surprised if anyone was getting a discount as large as 5% just due to VIN etching.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Since you signed up on CD just to say this, you're obviously promoting VIN etching. Why don't put up some facts instead of just speculation? Why do you suppose it's a 5% discount? Don't you know what discount, if any, you're getting for it?

In reality, I'd be very surprised if anyone was getting a discount as large as 5% just due to VIN etching.

I just signed up that is correct. I found this forum searching for vin etching info. I am in no way promoting vin etching just giving my opinions, that's what forums are all about aren't they?

I am getting 5% discount for vin etching from Travelers, do some research or call them and ask if you like. Other discounts just in case you are interested, straight from my Travelers documents under the heading Anti-Theft Discounts:

5% Combat Auto Theft Program Discount
5% Discount-Alarms or Active Disabling Device
5% Window Glass Etching
5% Discount-Passive Disabling Device
20% Discount Electronic Homing Device

There are other discounts that don't apply to this thread but here they are if you are interested:
Anti-Lock Brakes, Passive Restraint, Accident Prevention Course.

The Window Glass Etching & Combat Auto Theft Program Discount can be done at any NYC Police Precinct for FREE.

Once again I have nothing to gain, if I did I would be saying to go to any of the web sites that charge you for a window etching kit, which I am not. I am giving info to go to any NYC Police Precinct and get what your tax dollars are paying for anyway, once again for FREE. And in turn get a discount on your auto insurance and save some of your hard earned cash.

I don't know what else I have to explain here. Do you get it now?
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:44 AM
 
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I'd call around to some local body shops or Auto glass shops to get a quote,its going to be much cheaper than what a dealer will charge,
You also might want to talk to your insurance agent as he may have a preferred place to get it done..
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:46 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I'd call around to some local body shops or Auto glass shops to get a quote,its going to be much cheaper than what a dealer will charge,
You also might want to talk to your insurance agent as he may have a preferred place to get it done..

The Window Glass Etching & Combat Auto Theft Program Discount can be done at any NYC Police Precinct for FREE.
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