A window sticker is also known as a Monroney label. It's named after Senator John Monroney who introduced a bill requiring that automobile manufacturers place a price label on all new vehicles. The bill became law in 1958. Early window stickers included only dealer information and optional equipment installed in the vehicles. In 1962, manufacturers began using window stickers as sales tools. From that point on automobile manufacturers began listing standard car items and features.
Obtain your vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a 17-digit number the automobile industry uses to identify vehicles. The VIN is typically located on your insurance papers, title, driver-side interior dash or the front of the engine block.
Contact your local authorized dealer. Call the dealership or visit in person.
Speak with a sales manager or office staff member. Inform the manager or staff member that you want a copy of window sticker for your vehicle. Provide the staff person with the VIN. Provide the make, model and year of your vehicle if needed. Depending on when you purchased the vehicle, the dealership will either print a copy of the window sticker or order it from the vehicle manufacturer.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have trouble locating the VIN, refer to your owner's manual or contact the car dealership or manufacturer.
- Vehicles manufactured before 1981 may have a shorter VIN.
- The dealership may charge a fee for reprinting or ordering the window sticker.
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