Why Do Car Dealers Want Your VIN Number?

Is it OK to ask seller for VIN number?

3 Answers.

Yes, and you should otherwise the buyer won’t have a way to verify the vehicle’s history data.

It’s not the same as giving out sensitive personal information like a social security number.

While the VIN is unique for each vehicle, there isn’t much anyone can do with a VIN number..

Why would a buyer want the VIN number?

In fact the potential buyer will need the VIN to be able to request and receive an insurance coverage quote for the vehicle. If they wish to buy the car they legally have to have insurance coverage in place by the date they wish to take possession. To do so having access to the VIN is a must.

Is it illegal to block VIN number?

That law says that nobody can alter, obliterate, remove, or tamper with the VIN number – BUT the exception is the owner, not involved in any criminal act, such as theft, who is authorized to “alter” the VIN (by covering it). You can’t legally remove the VIN, however.

Why is my VIN number not recognized?

Your VIN contains illegal characters As evident, the VIN is comprised of both numeric and alphanumeric characters. However, the letters I,O, and Q will never be found in a VIN. … If your VIN contains any of these alphanumeric characters, the VIN is invalid and will not be decoded by any VIN decoding service.