Why is your car’s VIN# so important to get the right part?

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the gold standard for figuring out if a particular part is the right part for your vehicle. It identifies the country where it was made, the year, the manufacturer and assembly plant and even the production run.  It also describes the vehicle model and key details such as transmission and engine type, body style, trim package, etc. Carfax has a good article explaining which digits carry what information.

The VIN number is shorthand for all the information on year/make/model/engine type and trim package that is critical to identifying which aftermarket parts will fit your vehicle exactly right. True Blue makes it easy to enter your VIN number before you order parts, so you will always get the parts you need – the first time.

Where to find your vehicle’s VIN

The VIN number is on your vehicle’s registration, and also in several places on the vehicle. On the front dash at the bottom of the windshield is a common location, as is inside your car’s driver-side door.  When writing it down, remember the letters I, O, and Q never appear, as they are too similar to the number zero or one.

Camera phones work well if you don’t have a pencil and paper handy.

Picture of a VIN #

The bottom line is that the few minutes it takes to find your VIN# when buying car parts will help you get the right part the first time. True Blue Auto Parts makes it easy for you to use your VIN to shop with us, and also to save that VIN for future shopping.  We want to help you Keep it Running Right!

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