Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get.
Collector Car Companion is organized around how you work. It uses the strip-down, restore/replace, assemble workflow we are all accustomed to when working on our vehicles. And Collector Car Companion is flexible enough to match the way you work. Maybe you want to track every nut and bolt on a frame-off restoration. Collector Car Companion can do this for you. Or maybe you just want to document major sub-assemblies on an engine rebuild. Collector Car Companion can do this for you as well. You determine how much detail you want to capture and Collector Car Companion adjusts to the way you want to work.
You'll want to start by adding a vehicle to your account. Simply click Add Vehicle in the left menu tree and fill out your vehicle's information. The only required fields are Year, Make and Model. Your membership level determines how many vehicles you can manage in your account.
Next you might want to add some photos of your vehicle in its current condition. Click the + next to your vehicle in the left menu tree, then on Photographs. You can add photos at the Vehicle, Project, Group and Part level. More on photos later.
Now you're ready to add a project. A project is any unit of work you want to document on your vehicle. It could be a full restoration, some routine maintenance, or anything in between. Right-click on your vehicle and select Add Project, then fill out your project info and save it.
You can also do other things with your vehicle like edit its information, delete it completely, share a view-only copy of the vehicle with other members, or transfer the vehicle to another member.
Each project follows a strip down, restore, assemble workflow that we are all familiar with. As you take parts off the vehicle you will categorize them into groups under the Strip Down phase, and as you restore (or replace) and reassemble parts back on the vehicle they will be documented in the Restoration and/or Assembly phases.
Now that you've created a project its time to start adding groups and parts. In this example we've added several groups named Engine, Body and Chassis. To add a part to the group Chassis simply right click it and select Add Part. This will launch the Add Part Wizard which will guide you thru the process of adding a part.
Now its just a matter of adding groups and parts as needed. You can capture as much or as little detail as you'd like. Use the Help buttons on each page to get more detailed instructions. In this example we have started to add parts as they are taken off the vehicle. Also notice that you can capture photos at each level of the tree so they are organized with the associated vehicle, project, group or part. For example, you can capture some photos at the part level while you take a part off the vehicle to assist you in assembly later.