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Vin Etching - Location? Factory Done? Microscopic?

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I understand that most people are going to say the VIN etching is a waste of money and you can do it yourself for like $25-$50 if you really wanted it... BUT I did pay the $200 for it on my contract. Here is my question before I raise hell and get this $200 back from the dealer:

I'm tying to figure out if I've been tricked by the dealer... I was told that VIN etching is required in all new vehicles and comes standard in the 2020 Honda CR-V. When looking at all the windows on the vehicle I purchased, I asked where it was and was told it was on the bottom of the windows, behind the door panels and is microscopic which didn't make much sense to me because isn't it supposed to be visible to deter thieves?

Thoughts? Has anyone got the etching and please attach an image showing it's location? You can cross some of it out if you want, I just need ammo if they were in the wrong and lied.
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So after further inspection... They took the "Vin Etching: $198" from the break down sheet and called it "Vehicle Protection Program: $198" on the actual purchase order. The anti-theft protection is a 36 month, $2,500 benefit if your vehicle is stolen within 3 years as long as the "dealer certifies that the vehicle descrided*not a typo on the declarations page* above has the Theft Deterrent System installed or applied, all guranteed benefits described within this Agreement are hereby granted to the buyer registered above"
 

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Yeah I had a feeling this was a joke. They made it seem that this VIN Etching was required and non-negotiable and law/required by insurance. I should have done more homework and been smarter on that charge, shame on me.

I might go back in and raise some hell I think for being manipulated :sneaky:
 
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