What Is An Example VIN Number and What The 17 Digits Mean?

You have no doubt heard of a vehicle identification number or VIN number for your vehicle. From your insurance company to the DMV everyone wants to know the VIN number. But what does it look like, where can I find it, and what do all the characters mean? Here is an example VIN number: 1G1AF1F57A7192174….

Is It Safe to Give Out Your VIN Number? 5 Things You Should Know
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Is It Safe to Give Out Your VIN Number? 5 Things You Should Know

Yes, it is safe to give out your car’s VIN number under limited circumstances. If you’re selling your car to a private individual or a dealership, you can safely give out the VIN number. However, it’s not something you’ll want to put in an online or print ad. With most vehicles, anyone can see your…

Do Winter Tires Use More Gas? And 2 Reasons Why This May Be The Case

Do Winter Tires Use More Gas? And 2 Reasons Why This May Be The Case

Do winter tires use more gas? In my experience, ‘YES’, winter tires affect the gas consumption of your vehicle. However, this needs to be qualified. One of my vehicles had non-studded winter tires; the other had oversized studded tires. While both used more gas in the winter. One used far more than the other, read…

How Do Car Tires Become Unbalanced – 5 Reasons Why and What To Look For
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How Do Car Tires Become Unbalanced – 5 Reasons Why and What To Look For

Have you ever heard of a frost heave? If you are from the Northeast you know what I am talking about. They are terrible little booby traps the road sets for you in the spring. Randomly the pavement dips down and you don’t know it until your head hits the roof of your car as…