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Old 12-04-2010, 07:42 PM
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Default serial number on the window??

why on earth is there a serial number on the ext cab drivers side window??? Just noticed this earlier.. wondered why havent seen it on another car before!
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:48 PM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

a lot of cars have it now. on the toyotas we get in the shop, it's on every piece of glass, and all the doors. i guess it's to help with finding the parts if it was to get stolen and chopped.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

Every window on our VW beetle has that. It is window etching.

We were told when we bought it. It would cost to much to bust out all the windows. So if stolen you just give that number to police and they have better luck to id the car. Especially if the vin is taken off.

Even the sunroof has one on there.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:09 PM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

When I got my truck I told the dealer that I didn't want the window etching if it's going to cost me anything. Also I told them not to stick the chrome dealer logo on the tailgate.

Flashback to 2001 when I got my 2001 Ranger the dealership automatically did the window etching without my approval and charged $300.00 for it. I told them I wasn't paying for it as it wasn't approved.

I don't know if dealers still charge for the window etching or not.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:32 AM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

No they dont charge you, at least they didnt charge me. Bought a 2007 Fusion a couple of years ago. This year I traded that one in and bought a 2010 Fusion again didnt get charged. Might have been the dealer pulling a fast one, pretty sure the factory does the etching.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:38 AM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

Vehicles don't come from the factory pre-etched as far as I know. The etching is usually performed at the time of sale. They have a computer which prints out perforated labels with your serial number which they stick on the window and spray or wipe the label with an acid which does the etching. You can opt out from the dealership etching and do it yourself. for much less.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:38 AM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

We were charged but it was not 300 dollars.

We also had our insurance look at it. We got some off for it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:19 AM
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Default Re: serial number on the window??

Interesting! I'll have to check out my truck to see if my windows have serial numbers
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