Cars By the Numbers

In this digital age, it seems everything has a number. Social security numbers, IP addresses, insurance identifiers, and security keypads are all important parts of navigating our lives.

Your car’s numbers are no exception. Associated with your vehicle are a list of numbers that you (and sometimes your mechanic) will occasionally need to know. Here are some of them.

VIN number. The car’s vehicle identification number is the number that is unique to it. It’s like a fingerprint – no other one is like it. A VIN has 17 characters (digits and capital letters) The VIN is loaded with information – like when your vehicle is made, the model and make, and information about its manufacture. The VIN is used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts. and insurance coverage.

TIN. To the DMV, your TIN is the number of your title. If you own your car outright, you should keep the title in a safe place. If you have a car loan, your lienholder will probably have your title until your vehicle is paid off.

License Plate number. This is the series of numbers and letters on your car’s plates. It gives authorities information about the vehicle’s registered owner, as well as the year, make, model and VIN of the vehicle, the address of the owner, and insurance information.

Driver’s license number. This number gives authorities access to your name, address, your physical appearance, and your driving history. It can also be used as identification.

Insurance policy number. You must have a valid insurance policy to register a vehicle in North Carolina.

Your mechanic’s number. That’s Norris Automotive – 336.228.1299.

That’s a lot of numbers, we know! But in our modern age of smartphones and digital assistants, it’s easier than ever to remember all the important numbers. Enter them into your phone, print out a copy for your glove compartment, and you’ll always have those important number handy in an emergency, if you get pulled over, or if you need car repairs.

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