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(RSS) Automatic Parts/Service information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124598D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method and System For Assistance in Determining Parts and Service Information For Automobiles

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(RSS) Automatic Parts/Service information

     Consumers wishing to purchase supplies / parts for their cars typically need to know the year, make, model, and features of their auto, then use a book or "wizard-like" system within the store to determine the correct part number(s) to select for purchase. This system works relatively well, however, there are many times where the consumer is not aware of differences in the models of the car (for instance, a 2.6 liter engine vs a
3.2). Many car manufacturers today include security devices within the car keys. The invention disclosed is to either leverage the existing implementations of this or utilize RFID (if different than existing encoding) to identify the automobile, most likely the VIN. This information could then be used to determine the make, model, year, and other important features of the auto (such as towing package) so that the proper parts information can be provided without question to the consumer. In order to use the new system, the consumer would need only to insert their car key into a universal reader which looks like an ignition for a car (of course, it would need to be "universal" so that any key would fit, and likely, it would be positioned so that the customer would place the key pointing down into the reader for this reason). Such a system could also be used by automotive service garages as well, and could even be used to "check-in" and "check-out" patrons.

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