Detects valid VINs on a page and creates a VIN “Button” in place of the VIN Text. Clicking the VIN Button will allow you to sign in to the vAuto system and create an appraisal without ever having to leave the webpage you’re on!
To see an example, visit any site that has a valid VIN on it, such as: http://www.randomvin.com/getvin.php?type=real
If the extension doesn’t auto-detect a VIN on a page, you can force it by highlighting the VIN text in your browser, right click, and then click on the “Appraise Vin” context menu option.
NOTE: To take advantage of all of the features of this extension, like opening an appraisal window inside your current page, you will need a valid https://www2.vauto.com account. Without an active account you will only benefit from the extension auto-detecting and creating a button/message from valid VINs on the pages you visit.
– New feature for Stockwave QuickVIN Lookups
– Update for improved compatibility with sites that contain VINs
– Prevents the appraisal window from being opened if you’re not logged in. If not signed in, you will see a sign in button in the popover. After signing in, the popover will change to allow you to create an appraisal. This fixes the issue of opening an appraisal window only to receive authentication errors.
– Better detection of VINs on sites
– Numerous updates for improved compatibility with sites that contain VINs (e.g. Autotrader, Carvana, Cars.com, etc.)
– Skips prompt for creating inventory when finalizing an appraisal
– Improves window size compatibility for the inline appraisal window to better support a wider variety of screen resolutions
– Removes Toast VIN Found Notification message as this was causing some rendering issues on certain sites. This is planned to be added back once the rendering issues are addressed
– NEW Context Menu option to appraise a VIN. Just select a VIN anywhere on the page, then right click, and choose “Appraise Vin”.
– This is intended to solve situations on the page where sites may have VINs formatted in a way that the general parser cannot interpret. e.g. Manheim, OVE, etc.
– Reduced the number of false positives on VINs that are found. Now, only valid VINs that match the checksum/checkdigit are displayed.
– Changed the VIN Click button to create a popout action menu. Additional options are coming, such as Stockwave QuickVIN lookups
– Added the entity you’re signed into VA on to the JsPanel. NOTE: This may take up to 60 seconds to reflect a change if you switch entities in VA. Know that the appraisal window will only SHOW the wrong entity during that time. The appraisal will always be created for the CORRECT entity that you switched to in VA.
– Renamed extension to Provision Appraise Anywhere
– New icons to match provision icons
– Includes location the URL the vehicle was found on in the Appraisal Nodes when creating a vehicle
– No longer searches within element tags, this should prevent false positives for VINs from appearing on places like google search pages when you can’t see them
– Corrected a padding issue on the tutorial box for some sites that was hiding the tutorial text
– Fixed a bug that prevented the “Build Vin Links” button from forcing a VIN search if the max search attempts had been reached
– Cleaned up and organized the code to allow the extension to run faster
Many Significant UX improvements:
– Toast/Snackbar message displayed when a VIN is found on the page
– Appraisal loaded on the page is simpler and no longer has the navigation headers included
– Button for the VIN instead of a link. There’s no longer a way to open the VIN up in a new window, the tool only supports opening it up in your current window.
– Color themes to match Cox Auto standards
– Removed configurable fields for the refresh rates and intervals
– Added a one-time tutorial to the system (which you can re-enable at any time in options). This tutorial is dismissed when you close the popup box and will not come back again.
– Better VIN matching on pages, will no longer believe that there are VINs inside of words, will only search for single words that are VINs
– Removes JSONP calls from content script to comply with Chrome store policies
– Removes the requirement to check for all sites, this is now unnecessary
– Options page is now smaller and inlined on the chrome extensions page
– Adds new button to the upper right of pages you visit that allows you to manually build VIN links in the event that the site had a delayed loading of the VIN text.
– Adds several new options to the extension options page:
– Toggle showing the button to build VIN links mentioned above on/off
– Sets configurable auto-refresh attempts and interval times.
– Additional performance improvements
– Adds an auto-refresh for 5 times every 3 seconds until it finds a VIN on a page, if no VIN is found, the refresh stops. This is to handle cases where the page is using frameworks that rely on shadow-dom creation scripts (like ReactJS) that are adding/removing elements to load the page.
– Fixes performance issues when dealing with IFRAMEs and the script loading multiple times
– Fixes other performance issues searching inside elements that shouldn’t possibly contain VINs (like tags)
– Included a way to set a default for where the Appraisal is sourced from (Appraisal, Lease Return/Purchase, Stocking, etc.). You can find this on the Options page.