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The following information is from Allstate.com in an article entitled "VIN Etching: Deter Car Thieves And Recover Your Stolen Vehicle" (Source: http://blog.allstate.com/vin-etching-deter-car-thieves-and-recover-your-stolen-vehicle/?replytocom=5660?intcid=ILC-Internal-Search-Results-120808:vin etching:result).
VIN etching is the term used to described the process of permanent engraving a vehicle's federally registered Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) onto its windshield and windows.
VIN etching makes it nearly impossible for thieves to sell the windows and windshields.
VIN etching makes it more difficult to dispose of the vehicle once stolen.
Etching is a process that takes only a few minutes.
A stencil of your VIN is used with glass etching paste to engrave the number onto the windows of your vehicle.
In order to sell a stolen vehicle in which the windows have been etched, a thief would have to replace the windows, widdling down their profit.
A number of insurance agencies offer a discount off the comprehensive portion of your insurance or waive your insurance deductibles if your vehicle is protected by VIN etching.
Offered by many car dealerships and local police departments, do-it-yourself VIN etching kits are also available at car specialty stores or online.
VINs are installed by the manufacturer and they are used to uniquely identify a vehicle for a variety of purposes, from ensuring that the right part is ordered for repair to signing up for car insurance.
As a general rule, car parts which include a VIN are harder to sell, because people often assume that they are stolen, and as a result, a car which has been subjected to VIN etching will be less valuable in the eyes of thieves.
DIY etching kits include a stencil and the acidic paste needed to etch the glass, and they are usually very affordable. People should be careful when using a home etching kit, as the acid can be very dangerous: if it's designed to eat through glass, imagine what it can do to the body!
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