Autogespot is an enormous website and keeps on growing. Of course there are some rules regarding the uploading of the spots. We think it's a good idea to list the rules again, so everyone is aware of these rules.
There are a few rules to uploading your spots dated 11 January 2022:
From 1 January 2019 we no longer accept so called camping spots. Campingspots are spots where spotters park their camping chair on a main road leading to the event or next to the highway. The result is a website flooding with tens or hundreds of cars heading to an event. For example: Supercar Sunday spots photographed on the highway. We no longer accept these campingspots to prevent flooding and seeing the same stuff over and over again. The full article on this can be found here.
Of the allowed Porsche models the Carrera and Targa are the most spotted. This is why we implemented special rules for the Carrera's and Targa's. When you spot a Carrera or Targa model you must have at least four pictures. Please try to capture different angles. These rules do not apply to the spy shots. The cars that DO fall under these rules are the 997/991/992 > Targa/Carrera/S/4S/GTS/4 GTS/MKI/MKII.
Just like with the Carrera's and Targa's, the Bentley Continentals/Flying Spurs are often spotted. For these cars we require a minimum of four photos. This rule does not concern spy shots. All models from the Continental/Flying Spur range are included in this rule.
Pictures taken on or around a racetrack will not be accepted. This includes the track parking lot and acces roads to the track. For large events we also do not accept spots of cars driving towards the event through access roads, even when these cars are on public roads. If there's a major event there's also an upload ban of spots for the entire city. There is an exception for the spots around the Nürburgring, see below.
Dealer/car related business
We do not accept spots that are taken place on the property or near a car dealership or other car related business. Car related businesses include: wrap shops, detail shops, parts shops and tuners, car dealerships, garages, service workshops etc. These rules apply to any car uploaded at any dealership/car business. This means that if someone brings their Ferrari to a Volkswagen dealership and parks on the lot of the dealership, this Ferrari cannot be uploaded. Please do not attempt to upload such spots, found in the near vicinity of a dealership of car business. In Maranello we no longer accept Ferraris on factory plates, just like we do not accept Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese on factory plates. Spyshots are exempt from this policy.
If you have already uploaded this car, you may not upload it again. Every unique car can only be spotted once per spotter.
If you suddenly find a nice car 'hidden' on private property we will usually not accept the spot on the website. We often see spots taken through bushes, gates or garage doors, these spots cannot be uploaded to the site. Under every circumstance we will delete the spot if the owner contacts us asking to have the spot removed. Please make sure you have permission to upload from the property or car owner to prevent your spot being deleted.
Spots from events/meetings or acces routes to these events/meetings can't be uploaded. It is useless to upload spots of cars that are on their way to an event and are on an access road to the event (such as Supercar Sunday in Assen). These images can be sent to email@example.com, we may use them for a frontpage article. We reserve the right to delete any spots if we suspect this rule is being violated. What is allowed however, is spotting at parkings of motorshows in convention centers. So if there's a London Motor Show, IAMS, IAA, Paris Motor Show, Interclassics, Techno Classica Essen, Essen Tuning Show, Geneva Motor Show or something in that category, you're fine to upload spots from parkings. You can't uploads cars that are part of the indoor show or loaded/unloaded on/from trucks. For a large event like Gumball 3000, you are allowed to spot in the city the event takes place and you are allowed to upload spots from the day(s) the event takes place. You can't upload participants during event days in the city the event is held. It's impossible to close down an entire city like London or Amsterdam for spotting. This is also the reason why there are so many spots of non-participants on this website taken on event days.
Sometimes it's difficult to take decent photos. We require a minimum of three photos. The third photo can't be a crop of the previous photos. It also can't be similar to the previous photos. Remember that you're able to upload ten photos per spot. We advice to make as many photos as possible. Make sure the angles are different: details, front, side, rear and any other angle. Sometimes we're flexible with this, for example when a new car type is uploaded. Make a fair call to yourself if the quality is sufficient. No rear shot in a parking garage? Ask yourself what the additional value that has. Blurry photos? No need to upload them.
For big cities, we have a policy that we look closer at quality. Really big cities, often showcase more interesting cars. We expect many photos. So we're more strict and we're not keen on setting your camping chair in an intersection so you can take all your photos with just front and rear shots. Has you spot been removed because of the quality? That means it wasn't good enough unfortunately. Quality is subjective.
If your spot has been removed under tag ‘license plate’ you did not fill in a license plate while the car has one. You can re-upload your spot with the correct license plate info.
If you’ve uploaded a BMW M5 but it turned out to be a 530d, a Carrera 4S while it is a Carrera 2 your spot will be deleted under tag ‘fake’. The same rule applies to replica and/or kit-cars. AC Cobra, Ford GT40 and Porsche 550 Speedster replicas are exempt from this rule.
We decide which cars are accepted on the site. If you have spotted a car that is not on the website it will most likely not be accepted, unless of course if you spotted a brand new (super)car which was just released or have a spy shot. In that case you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will decide if the spot is accepted. We frequently re-evaluate which cars are accepted, depending on the rate of uploading.
There is an exemption to the ‘track rule’. The Nuerburgring is privileged. You ARE allowed to upload near the track, however we do not accept spots from the following locations:
- The track(s) itself.
- Entrance Breidscheid in Adenau.
- Entrance/parking of the Nordschleife, including the roundabout in front of the main entrance in Nuerburg.
- Paddock GP-Strecke in Nuerburg.
Because it's a privilege to upload spots from the Nuerburgring and not a right, we can remove spots using the Nuerburgringrule if we don't find your spot interesting. Keep in mind the amount of events on the track. To clear issues regarding events, we've banned uploads from days an event took place. This accounts for car/motorbike/truck related events and one-day events, VLN and Karfreitag. You can find the event calendar here. Spots at events/meetings or direct access roads aren't accepted. That's for all major access roads. Camping just before Nuerburg or Adenau is pointless, because the rules apply to all surrounding towns, like Muellenbach, Herschbroich, Barweiler, Kempenich, Quiddelbach, Meuspath, Drees, Welcherath. This also accounts for the B258 and B257 to the A61 and A1.
Not every car is accepted from the Nuerburgring. Click here for an overview of cars that are rejected. From 11 January 2022 we no longer accept all of the the BMW M2, M3 M4 and Porsche Cayman, to prevent quantity uploads.
You either reported your own spot for re-upload or we removed your spot for re-upload. The latter happens because the photos weren't properly processed, or you're trying to lure in viewers with a different car, or you've uploaded the wrong car, filled in the wrong city, didn't fill in a license plate etc. Remember the focus of photo one has to be on the car uploaded. We do not accept creative Photoshop projects to gain views. We can remove the entire spot, or remove the first photo. We usually opt for the latter.
At request of owner
If your spot gets removed under this tag, the owner has informed us he/she does not want to have their cars uploaded to Autogespot. This means we do not appreciate you re-uploading the spot without the license plate (info). Please respect the car owner.
If you, for instance, uploaded a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S your spot will not be accepted. If you uploaded an older model of a car we don’t accept anymore your spot will be removed/refused under the tag 'old model'.
We would like you to fill in the correct location info when uploading a spot. This means that if you uploaded a spot from the highway, you select the nearest city or village as location info. We do not accept 'Autobahn', 'Snelweg', or 'Near […]' and similar as location info, but 'Highway' is accepted. If you visit a county which has states (such as the United States and Canada) you must also fill in the state name. Some cities/towns exist in multiple states.
Too large/too small
The photos you’ve uploaded may be too small (resulting in a pixelated image) or too large. We need your photos to be 2560 pixels wide, with a maximum size of 5mb per photo.
To regain variety in spots, we've implemented a new rule beginning 11 January 2022 to reduce the daily flow of spots taken on the highway.
- We enforce the quality of highway spots even stricter. You'll need at least three angles: front, side and rear.
- You need to tick a checkbox that your spot is taken on the highway. Do you 'forget' or do you not comply? That will result in a seven day ban. We can take other actions if you repeatedly fail to comply.
- There's a max of five highway spots per spotter per day.
If your highway spot doesn't comply, we can remove the spot and you're not eligible for re-upload. A highway is: of course anything on highways/interstates, but also major autoroutes, such a B-roads in Germany, or N-roads. Also ring roads/beltways in or around cities are seen as highways. In the end we make the final decision whether the quality or spot is sufficient. We're not open for discussion on that topic.
When you upload a spot you will be redirected to the following page. We explain what to fill in per slot.
License plate: Here you full in the license plate of the car you spotted. If the car does not have a license plate you do not have to write anything. After filling in the license plate a notice may pop up. With the notice ‘the owner does not want this car on Autogespot’ you cannot upload this car. Please do not leave the license plate info blank to work around this restriction. If you accidentally leave the license plate info blank you can re-upload your spot.
All brands: In this slot you can fill in the brand of the car you spotted. If the license plate is known to our database the brand and model will automatically appear. If the brand and model info appears incorrect you can edit it.
All types: If this has not been done automatically you can enter the model of the car you spotted. If you do not know which model you spotted please look up the most common models and pick the one your spot resembles most to. If the model has never been spotted please check the ‘type not found’ box and fill in the correct info (to the best of your knowledge).
All countries: The place where you fill in the country in which your spot was spotted.
City: The city in which your spot was spotted.
Select a color: Here you select the color that resembles the color on the car most. If the car is ‘matte’ or ‘chrome’ please select that option. Both can be selected simultaneously.
YouTube Video: Here you can provide a link to a youtube video you made of the spotted car.
Description: The description may be left blank. If you have something interesting or nice to say about the spot you can write it in the description.
This is a spyspot: 'Spyspot' is a term for a car that a manufacturer is using for testing. These are cars that have not been presented to the public yet, and will often drive around camouflaged so specific lines in the bodywork are harder to recognize. If you see a car that fits this description select this option.
No comments allowed under this spot: If, for whatever reason, you rather not have comments under your spot you can select this option.
Drag your pictures here: Here you upload your photos. The pictures must be at least 1280 pixels wide and at most 3mb of size. If your photos do not meet these criteria the images will not go through and your spot may not appear on the site, or may get deleted.
Did everything go well? You can now click on ‘Upload spot’. Your spot will appear on the site in a few minutes!
Some general info:
If your spot gets deleted you should get an email with a reason. Please do not keep on uploading a deleted spot but send us an email when you don’t get the automatically generated email. Autogespot reserves the right to delete any spot or other content on the website, even if the spot in question adheres to all rules posted above. If you have any questions about the spot you can send them to email@example.com. We do not discuss other spotters. We may not be able to answer your email straight away, please do not spam our inbox :)
Please keep hate speech, dirty imagery and other nonsense to yourself. Autogespot is not the place to post this content. Please keep it friendly and respect others. If we deem your behavior unfit for the platform, we may ban you. Please send tips and questions regarding front page articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about ads, merchandise, Spot of the Day T-Shirts etc can be sent to email@example.com.
The ‘report spot’ button can be found by the spot details. If something isn’t right or if the spot violates any of the rules, please report the spot. Do not abuse this function. Every reported spot will be checked. there is no use in constantly reporting spots from a competitive spotter. If you file to many false reports there will be consequences.