Take the bad VIN, run it through Carfax. It'll tell you the vehicle, but not the history w/out paying.
Hey thats a great idea!! Ill run the VIN and see what comes up!This/\/\/\, the dealership cuts the vin # into a blue tape with a dot matrix printer. The tape is applied to the glass and a etching cream is used. Takes about 5 minutes.
They just screwed up. I would bet if you run the vin# it is a different model toyota.
It does sound to me as though it was a factory mix up. I too see it as very unlikely all the glass was replaced at the same time from another vehicle.All the VIN numbers on the glass match up. All the VIN numbers on bodys panels match up as well, but are different than the glass VIN. I cant imagine a senerio where every window would need to be replaced, even an accident. The FJ is in fantastic shape. Im leaning toward it was a mistake.
I have no way to contact the previous owner. It was bought at an auction and they wont privide me with the previous owners information.
Every FJ, etched VIN number in each window? Never heard, never seen. I can't believe Toyota would etch them.He said every FJ has the VIN number of the vehicle etched into each window, including the winshield.
How could all my windows have a different VIN etched into them than my FJs VIN?
Ah... Imagine that, another wrong answer from a dealership tech. Like the others have said, either trace it back to the original dealership that did it and make them pay for all new glass or let it go.I went to the dealers today to ask them a question about my windshield and the service guy pointed out something. He said every FJ has the VIN number of the vehicle etched into each window, including the winshield.
Did you actually buy a 2010 RAV4?
So you think that some dealerships have like a VIN GLASS etching "service" I would assume come over to the Dealership (rather than the cars being taken to a 2nd location-) and have this service performed? It wouldn't be feasible in my estimation to ship every car out to some secondary location, I don't think- but I could be wrong.Everyone who said that it was a mixup is correct.
But only the ones who voted for dealer mixup, because Toyota does not etch the glass at the factory. There are services which will do this for you as an aftermarket thing to (hopefully) make your car slightly less likely to be stolen (very slightly).
Concerns with etching side window glass is that tempered glass with abrasions in its outer surface are more likely to shatter.
Some models also have special VIN stickers on several key body parts, but European and Federal regulations dictate which vehicles need that extra step (only the ones which lack certain levels of built in immobilizer systems and theft prevention design require them, other vehicles which include these things are allowed to skip the expense of additional stickers).
No doubt the same folks who would provide a glass etching service could also provide similar VIN stickers if desired. Having these things done by your dealer sounds like "Scotchguarding", and "Undercoating": great ways of boosting the dealer's bottom line by charging customers $300 for $10 worth of product. Not that they don't work, but that they generally charge many multiples of what they actually cost, and often aren't necessary.