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After a windshield replacement, the cutout on the lower driver's side no longer reveals the VIN number underneath. I can see the VIN with a flashlight, up a bit higher.

Seems like not quite the right windshield—maybe for a different model year? Mine's a 2010.

I could be wrong, but the dark strip on top seems to be a different shade as well.

Anyone know what's likely going on?
 

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That is unacceptable.
If your car has wiper heaters, check that too.
Call the windshield replacement company and have them install the correct windshield.
If they refuse, tell them you will call your insurance company.
 

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Sounds to me like they installed a non-OEM windshield. I had to replace the windshield twice on a truck I used to have, and the new windshield was absolutely identical (except the crack of course) to the one that came out. It even had the manufacturer logo behind the rear view mirror just like the original windshield.

Both times I used Safelite...the installation was quick, the windshield was perfect, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back to them again.
 

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This is something that you definitely want to have corrected, as a police officer will be...unhappy...with the current situation if he needs to check your VIN. You may even come under suspicion of having a stolen vehicle if the VIN is not legible, so this situation is unacceptable, IMHO.

As was said, contact your insurance company to discuss the bad work that was done on your car.
 

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This is something that you definitely want to have corrected, as a police officer will be...unhappy...with the current situation if he needs to check your VIN. You may even come under suspicion of having a stolen vehicle if the VIN is not legible, so this situation is unacceptable, IMHO.
You do realize that your VIN number is in more than one place, right?
 

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Always go OEM when replacing a windshield. I will never go aftermarket again.
 

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You do realize that your VIN number is in more than one place, right?
Yes but the public VIN at the lower left of the dash is the only one that can be seen on a locked vehicle.
 

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You do realize that your VIN number is in more than one place, right?
Of course I do.
But--the VIN that police officers will normally look for is the one that is supposed to be visible at the base of the windshield.
When that is not visible, it automatically raises suspicions and I doubt that a police officer is going to immediately go on a hunting expedition to find the other VINs. Once their suspicions are aroused, it could waste quite a bit of your time until the validity of the VIN is resolved.

Incidentally, the term is VIN, not VIN number.
"VIN number" means "Vehicle Identification Number Number".
You know, just as "ATM machine" means "Automatic Teller Machine Machine".

Why do people use these redundancies?
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You can tell this site is frequented by a bunch of old guys.
 

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Yes but the public VIN at the lower left of the dash is the only one that can be seen on a locked vehicle.
Of course I do.
But--the VIN that police officers will normally look for is the one that is supposed to be visible at the base of the windshield.
When that is not visible, it automatically raises suspicions and I doubt that a police officer is going to immediately go on a hunting expedition to find the other VINs. Once their suspicions are aroused, it could waste quite a bit of your time until the validity of the VIN is resolved.
Unless you have stolen plates or plates that do not match the DMV database for your vehicle make/model/color what reason would a cop have to check the VIN in the first place?

The things some of you come up with to worry about is mind-boggling.

:drama:

Incidentally, the term is VIN, not VIN number.
"VIN number" means "Vehicle Identification Number Number".
You know, just as "ATM machine" means "Automatic Teller Machine Machine".

Why do people use these redundancies?
:confused:
Now I understand why you would be so anal about something as mundane as a windshield that covers the VIN plate on a dashboard.

You can tell this site is frequented by a bunch of old guys.
I know, right?
 

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That's only because they read things like "compromised literacy" and interpret it as disrespect which results in diarrhea of the keyboard. This is purely speculative of course.
 

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**Steers ship back to topic**

Was OP getting a parking ticket when this discovery was made?
 

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Well, that's something I will take a look at as soon as I pick mine up at the garage tonight. I just got a new windshield installed too! I never even thought to ask - I thought that for sure they would install the right one.
 

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VIN is exactly what it denotes, a SN that identifies the car itself.<O:p</O:p
A civil/criminal infraction/ticket is issued to the driver (through Registration/Lic), there would no point to pull the VIN (parked/locked through the WS).<O:p</O:p
 

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As a police officer let me answer that question. Lets be realistic here, the op said the vin was visible you just had to look higher. No big deal. To answer many of your questions the federal sticker on the front door/frame isvthe ONLY true way to identify the vehicle. The vin plate on the dash just is a quick reference. If the dash vin is completely obstructed you may have a problem. Just my .02.

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I'm almost sorry now I started this thread :)

To clarify, you cannot read the VIN through the windshield. But with a flashlight I can see the very bottom of the VIN. The windshield is either wrong or substantially out of position.

The glass company told me there is only one windshield available for a 2010 Outback, so it can't be wrong. I'm not sure if I buy that, but it could be true. However they agreed with me that the VIN should be visible. They will come out tomorrow to inspect it. I will report back.
 

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As a police officer let me answer that question. Lets be realistic here, the op said the vin was visible you just had to look higher. No big deal. To answer many of your questions the federal sticker on the front door/frame isvthe ONLY true way to identify the vehicle. The vin plate on the dash just is a quick reference. If the dash vin is completely obstructed you may have a problem. Just my .02.

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There are also several other true ways to identify a vehicle. Besides the FVMSS sticker on the drivers door jamb, there is also a VIN stamped onto the top edge of the firewall behind the engine. Other VIN's or partial VIN's appear around the car in hidden and proprietary locations. These locations are only known by the National Insurance Crime Bureau and shared only with law enforcement.
Some law enforcement agencies require recording the VIN and license plate number when issuing a parking ticket.
Whenever I make a traffic stop, I check the VIN to make sure it matches the registration documents provided by the driver.
 
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