What is VIN Etch Theft Protection?

VIN etching is commonly done with a stencil and acidic etching paste to engrave a vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the windshield and windows of a new vehicle.

Most parts on a vehicle already have at least a partial VIN stamped onto them, and many auto parts buyers will not purchase parts that carry identification numbers. Should a thief try to sell the parts from a vehicle for profit, those marked parts carry a higher risk for the thief and the auto parts seller.

Automotive glass generally does not have identification numbers and is often interchangeable among many different years and models of vehicles. This means a much greater profit for a thief compared to other components on the vehicle that have VIN etching. But if a vehicle’s windows are stamped with the VIN, thieves would need to discard the glass before “parting out” the stolen vehicle, thus reducing or eliminating their profit. VIN etching can also increase the odds of recovery of a stolen car by police.

Anti-theft VIN etching

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