Advertising Rules

Advertising Levels:

Forum Sponsor - This is a company who has sponsored a specific forum. They have the ability to have up to three threads "stickied" at the top of the forum of which they sponsor for the span of 14 days. A banner in place of the usual forum header at the top of the forum denotes the company's presence as that Forum's Sponsor. Forum Sponsors are acknowledged by a "Forum Sponsor" user title.

Banner Advertiser - This is a company whose banner(s) is in the main ad banner rotation on the discussion forums and are displayed throughout the website on the "editorial side" of the site at the bottom of articles, features and resources. This type of advertiser is eligible to support Group Buys and eligible to cross post to other forums beyond just the classifieds forums. Banner Advertisers are acknowledged by a "Banner Advertiser" user title.

Classified Advertiser - This is a company whose banner(s) run in the lower left bottom section of the discussion forums. This type of advertiser is eligible to support group buys and post commercially in the classified forums only. Classified Advertisers are acknowledged by a "Classified Advertiser" user title.

Commercial Posting Regulations:

For Advertisers:

- Forum Sponsors are allowed a total of 35 commercial posts at one time, which includes no more than 10 in any given forum, and no more than 3 stickies at a time in the forum they sponsor.

- Banner Advertisers are allowed a total of 35 commercial posts at one time, where no more than 10 can be in any one forum.

- Classified Advertisers are allowed a total of 10 commercial posts at one time.

- If an advertiser exceeds their allotted number of commercial posts, please contact a member of the staff or administration to have excess posts removed and/or archived. This is effective starting July 1st, 2007.

For Non Advertisers:

- There is no spamming or commercial solicitation of any kind allowed on our sites other than authorized individuals representing a given level of advertiser. Any such messages violating these terms will be removed at the discretion of the moderators and/or staff.

- Selling of individual items or vehicle is permissible by a private owner in our Classifieds forums, however selling multiple items of the same product is considered a commercial post and will be removed at the discretion of the moderators and/or staff.

- Personal classifieds belong in the classified forum and not the main forum. If classifieds are posted in the main forums, they will be removed at the discretion of the moderators and/or staff.

- Commercial posts from distributors who carry a registered advertisers product are not allowed. Distributors still need to sign up as a registered advertiser if they wish to commercially post on the forums.

Group Buy Regulations:

Due to the large number of Group Buy postings in certain forums, abuse of Group Buys, by both dishonest individuals who collect money and do not ship the product, and by certain companies who do not support this web community in any way, we have implemented these guidelines for Group Buys.

They are as follows:

1. Group Buys may only be conducted through current Forum Sponsors, Banner Advertisers, and Classifieds Advertisers. Any Group Buy that does not adhere to these criteria will be deleted.

2. Any user can organize a Group Buy, but every group buy must be backed by one of these types of advertising entities, and if a user is hosting the group buy, it must be in the classifieds forums, not the main forums. The only people that can host group buys in the main forums are Banner Advertisers and Forum Sponsors, and the posts have to be made from their advertising accounts.

3. There will be no cross-posting (a.k.a. spamming) or announcements of GB's from the Classifieds section to other general forums. Only Forum Sponsors and Banner Advertisers can cross-post to the general forums announcing a Group Buy. Directory Advertisers may not cross post or post commercially in any forums but those designated as classifieds forums, and specifically that forum in which their product pertains to. Regular forum members can post a link to a Group Buy in their signature file and may only mention Group Buys in existing threads that are on that topic.

4. Every Group Buy must have a subject heading that adheres to a set form. This must include, in this order, the label "GB", Product Name, Application, Supporting Entity, and Additional Info (if so desired).

Ex. GB - Lupo GTI Shift Knob, Golf & Jetta IV, 1552 Design

Any Group Buy that does not make use of this subject form will be deleted at the discretion of the moderators and/or staff.

By making all Group Buys supported by an advertiser, the intention is to add some legitimacy to many Group Buys where private individuals who have no reputation in jeopardy and there is a potential for Group buys with them to more likely to result in a bad experience. By routing it through established businesses or those who've shown a monetary and reputability investment in our community, this will hopefully lessen the chances for unsatisfactory results.

Furthermore, by running Group Buys through registered advertisers, you are helping to support companies that support the site. These companies help make sure that our community exists well into the future.

Advertising Rules and Regulations FAQ

Q: I'm interested in signing up for either a Forum Sponsor, Banner Advertiser or Classified Advertiser status; how do I do so?
A: To sign up for either of the other level advertising positions, please go to /contact.aspx and select "Advertising" from the drop down list.

Q: I want to organize a Group Buy, can I do so?
A: Yes, any member can initiate and organize a Group Buy at no charge to them. However, every Group Buy must be supported and handled through either a Forum Sponsor, Banner Advertiser, or Classifieds Advertiser. Also, a group buy hosted by a user through an advertiser, must remain in the classifieds forums.

Q: What if the product I want to do a Group Buy for is not sold by an eligible company ?
A: Our advertisers are broad enough and numerous enough that they cover virtually all parts. If not, many are willing to help out by distributing and processing the parts in question. If the part you want is unique to a company that does not advertise with us, you may want to suggest to that company that they consider doing so.

Q: Why were these rules implemented?
A: These rules were implemented for your protection as buyers and also to help support those companies that choose to support our community. By having companies register with us, the chance of our users getting scammed is much less as those companies or entities doing this business then have something to lose. The implementation of proper user titles makes moderating the forums much easier. Forum Sponsors and Banner Advertisers may post sales in all forums.

Q: What if, even with the new rules, I get scammed in a Group Buy?
A: If a situation arises where there is a problem regarding payment without delivery on product, any user should contact an administrator immediately if they wish action to be taken. Our staff will investigate, and if the situation warrants, that entity will be removed from having Group Buy privileges. While this does not assure money will be returned or the part will be shipped, a key benefit is that it will assure that fellow users are not scammed thanks to communication amongst our users. However, in the end,, LLC is not liable for any problems that result out of participating in a Group Buy on this site. Let the buyer beware.