What is an auto credit reference number on a car loan application?

I'm filling out a car loan application, and I came across a section under references that says "auto credit reference number." It's listed next to whether or not I'm trading in my car. What does this mean?

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Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 27, 2021
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“This could be an internal reference number that the lender will fill out. Essentially, they just want to know if you’re trading in your car.
The number could be a way for the lender to see if you still owe money on your trade-in. Since every application is different, you might just ask the lender to clarify.”
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