Why the VIN on your car is important for auto body repair

VIN is an acronym for vehicle identification number. Every vehicle has a VIN. It is an identification number for that vehicle similar to a social security number for a person. With the VIN an auto body repair facility like Marksman Auto Body can learn a great deal about a vehicle such as make, model, year and most importantly be able to ensure we are getting the correct parts when performing collision repair services on that vehicle. Additionally, the VIN can tell us the service records for your vehicle as well as if the car has been in any other accidents and had other auto body repair work. The VIN also tells us about factory recalls, owner registration, insurance coverage and is necessary for warranty claims.

The VIN is a unique code to your vehicle, it is a 17 digit number and is found in a few places on your car. Typically, it is located at the bottom of the front windshield and can sometimes also be found on the inside of the door.

Any auto body repair facility you visit will ask you for the vehicle’s VIN when preparing an auto body repair estimate. In addition to learning more about the car, the body shop uses the VIN to keep track of repairs done to the vehicle for future reference by the owner or the body shop.

How to check a VIN

You may be interested in checking the VIN for your vehicle to see its history. Or you may be considering purchasing a used vehicle and want to review its service records, check for factory safety recalls and determine if it has been in any accidents. There are a number of online resources that can be used to research a vehicle VIN.

The NHTSA offers a free tool to check for vehicle recalls: Check for Recalls: Vehicle, Car Seat, Tire, Equipment | NHTSA and DMV.org also has a vehicle history report: Vehicle History Report – Check Your Car History | DMV.ORG

Additionally, there are paid services such as Autocheck (AutoCheck.com | Homepage | AutoCheck.com) and Carfax (VIN Lookup: Check & Decode Any VIN – CARFAX) that will provide a comprehensive report on a VIN.

Marksman Auto Body – You’re Best Choice for Auto Body Repair Services in Northeast Ohio

For over 36 years the team at Marksman Auto Body has been providing unmatched auto body repair services in the Medina, Summit and Cuyahoga County areas. The team here at Marksman takes great pride in their work and is committed to complete customer satisfaction. As an independent and privately owned auto body repair facility, you’ll receive the utmost attention and care from our team: service that you don’t often fine at the large national auto body repair franchises.

Marksman Auto Body is located in Brunswick, Ohio off SR 303 near I-71. Call us today at 330-225-5560 or request a free estimate on our website.

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