Since 1954, manufacturers have attached Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to motor vehicles. Since 1981, the code numbers have been standardized. The most important reason was to establish a unique serial number for each vehicle. Anyone who has reviewed a Certificate of Title knows that the VIN must be accurately recorded on the title.
But identification tags on vehicles have grown to serve other purposes as well. A vehicle certification label is now used for some of the following components:
• A certification label is used to record the VIN, the name of the company manufacturing the vehicle, a date and place of manufacture and the gross weight;
• An engine label identifies the size and number of cylinders of the engine, as well as the number of cams and the company manufacturing the engine. The information taken from the label is necessary in the event the engine must be replaced;
• Load and towing weight labels sets forth the maximum towing capacity and the tire size and tire pressure to be used;
• Emission control labels identify the type of catalytic converter installed and the exhaust emissions produced by the vehicle;
• Paint labels identify the color of body and trim paint used when the vehicle was produced. Paint codes are necessary to properly match original paint when the vehicle requires body repair.
Because of the importance of the information, ID labels are usually made of metal and affixed via a strong adhesive or riveted to the frame. Code numbers and letters are often etched into the plate. This is to avoid the codes from fading or wearing off the label.
But still, vehicle ID labels become damaged at times due to accident, collision or theft. Fortunately, there are firms available that can reproduce a damaged label tag. Normally, these companies cater to the collision repair business, where damaged or missing label tags are most commonly seen.
The replacement allows the owner to comply with federal regulations for placement of tags, allows insurance companies to track vehicle components, and eliminate problems occurring during resale or trade in of a vehicle with missing cortication tags.
Some companies can assist in obtaining the necessary information for the replacement certification label. It will then etch or emboss the information on the replacement and ship to the vehicle repair shop. Once received, the replacement can be attached in minutes