I can't find the
bloomin' car I'm looking for!
Well of course you can't, silly! I'm mean... think of
the odds. Even though
DriveArchive has thousands of cars,
there has been millions of the blighters over the years.
The ambition of the site is that one day there will be
enough data in the archive so your chances of finding a
car are at least reasonable. I guess the guys who
started FriendsReunited had this problem, and eventually
it worked out okay, didn't it? I would ask, nay beg,
therefore that you find it in yourself to contribute a
vehicle or two to the archive yourself... if you're
looking for a specific car, say, you must know something
about it, why not add the details, then someone else
might one day find what you wrote, and bingo!
Why doesn't the
site work properly!?
Well. There have been cases of folks being able to
register, but then not being able to use the rest of the
site, adding their vehicles, searching and so on. In all
these cases it has turned out to be because they were
using an old browser. Netscape 4.x seems to be the most
common source of problems. The site uses CSS and ASP.
Neither of these seems particularly to the taste of
early Netscape browsers. So, sorry if for some reason
you must use older software. If that isn't the reason
for any bugs that you may encounter, I would beg you to
report the error as fully as possible, and I would hope
to fix it ASAP. «Top
How much will
DriveArchive cost me?
Nothing. Zero. Diddly-squat. £0. «Top
It isn't - so far the whole thing is at the owner's
expense. Of course if you'd like to click on one of the
Affiliate Links and buy something, that would be great,
as the site will require financing if it's to survive
long-term. And if you're feeling really generous,
you could always donate to help the site. I don't really
want to make a charge for folks to use the site, but it
does need financing. Click
Where do I go to
find out about a vehicle?
Click Search on the menu above. If you know the
registration of the vehicle you're after, then enter it
in and click 'Search'. Alternatively you could browse
through Manufacturers and Models. If the vehicle isn't
there, then you could add the registration to your 'Wish
List'. Then, when the vehicle is entered in the
future, you'll receive an email suggesting you visit the
site to see the record. (To use the Wish List you'll
need to be registered and logged in.) «Top
Where do I go to
add a vehicle of my own?
You are encouraged to enter as many vehicles as you can
into the Archive. The more information you can enter,
the more useful the site will become. To enter vehicles,
first register and log-on, then go to click Submit
on the menu above. «Top
Where do I go if I've got
a vehicle for sale?
For your vehicle to appear in the For Sale list, simply enter the
details as you normally would, but tick the For Sale box at
the bottom of the vehicle submission form, and enter in a price. The
record will appear in the For Sale section for a month. You may
return and reactivate the For Sale indicator after this period,
until the car is sold. (To do all this, you'll need to be registered
and logged in.) «Top
What is the
Wish List all about then?
The Wish List is a list of vehicle
registrations that people would like to know about. When
you enter a vehicle into the Archive you have the option
to create a Wish List record for it, as I am assuming
that you are interested in finding out the history of
vehicles you have owned. However you may also add Wish
List records for vehicles you have not entered in
the Archive too. Whatever, when someone else enters a
record for that registration, then an email will be sent
to you suggesting that you vist the site to see what has
been said. «Top
Can I search for
vehicles using their VIN?
There have been several requests for a facility to search
for vehicles by their VIN or chassis number. Originally
DriveArchive did hold these details, however it was
suggested that this data could be used by the
unscrupulous for concocting false vehicle documentation,
so it was withdrawn. Any suggestions in this area would
be welcome, if anyone has strong views on this, I'd like
to hear them. «Top
How do I submit a
picture of my vehicle?
The process of getting a picture of your vehicle onto the
site is currently a manual one.
(Woo hoo... no, finally I've made it so that you can
upload your pictures from the Submit/Edit area... but if
you want you can still send them by email)
If you send an email to me with the picture attached,
then I will add it to the site as soon as possible. It
would really help if you followed these
- Make the picture a JPG
- File size a maximum of 40k or so (record sent so far
- Maximum width of picture is 400 pixels, any
bigger and I must resize it
- Maximum of one picture per vehicle
- Please tell me the registration of the vehicle! (In
fact, using the registration number as the file name, e.g. "AB12XYZ.jpg"
would be great!)
How do I avoid my
email address being seen?
When you register you are asked whether you wish to have
your Email Visible? - ticking this box will mean
that when visitors to the site view vehicle records that
you have entered, they will be able to see your email
address and email you directly. If you don't tick the
box, then your email address will remain invisible,
however people will still be able to get in touch
through DriveArchive itself. If someone wants to
contact you, then DriveArchive will send you an
email with their email address in it, which you can
choose to respond to or not. I hope this covers the
threat of spamming. «Top
What are the
rules about contributing vehicles?
Well, there are no rules. The name of the game is for the
site to build up a 'time line' of a particular vehicle.
In the majority of cases, it would be ideal for the
vehicle in question to have been actually owned by the
contributor, as they would know the most about it.
However if you happen to know about a vehicle belonging
to another family member, or you know about an abandoned
car somewhere, well you could add a record, every detail
How does my
vehicle get to be 'Featured Vehicle'?
Easy! If you send in a great picture of a vehicle, or a
picture of a great vehicle, or ideally a great picture
of a great vehicle, then you're in with a chance. And if
the notes you add to your vehicle record are interesting
too, then all the better.
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'Session Cookies' are used, but if you're refusing
Cookies the site will pretty much work without them.