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Thread: VIN Numbers Put Car at Risk?

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    Default VIN Numbers Put Car at Risk?

    Alan Bell wrote:

    "It seems that car thieves have found another way to steal your car or truck without any effort at all.. The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or truck, write down the VIN number (Vehicle Identification Number) from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN number. The car dealer's parts dept will make a duplicate key from the VIN number and collect payment from the thief who will return to your car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself. All he has to do is to walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to a local chop shop with your vehicle. You don't believe it? It IS that easy. To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN label located on the dashboard. By law, you cannot remove the VIN number, but you can cover it so it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief. I urge you to forward this to your friends before some other car thief steals another car or truck."
    Off topic -- the key code is NOT a function of the VIN number --
    and it may be illegal to cover the VIN number in some states. It
    certainly SHOULD be illegal.

    Aside from that, no problem.





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    Default VIN Numbers Put Car at Risk?

    >Off topic -- the key code is NOT a function of the VIN number --
    and it may be illegal to cover the VIN number in some states. Itcertainly SHOULD be illegal.
    True. VIN# does not contain key information. It's a seperate # that's listed in
    the contract.

    Also, if covering up VIN# is illegal, how about cars that come blacked out? My
    Lexus' vin# is impossible to read because it's been almost blacked out by the
    manufactuer.



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    Default VIN Numbers Put Car at Risk?

    DrPimpDadi wrote:
    Off topic -- the key code is NOT a function of the VIN number --and it may be illegal to cover the VIN number in some states. Itcertainly SHOULD be illegal.
    ....
    Also, if covering up VIN# is illegal, how about cars that come blacked out? My Lexus' vin# is impossible to read because it's been almost blacked out by the manufactuer.
    Well -- let me rephrase. At least in California and Arizona, you cannot
    register your car, nor have smog certifications, if it's blacked out or
    "permanently" covered -- without going to a level 2 registration or smog
    check office which knows where the secret VIN locations are.

    I think it probably SHOULD be illegal to cover it, so that cops can
    check if a parked car has had license plates switched without breaking in,
    but I don't know whether it IS illegal.




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