I get the impression you're adapting another system rather than starting from scratch and building an 'ideal' system, so I appreciate you may be having to compromise. Maybe a clear distinction should be drawn between 'as built' data and the 'current state'. Ideally yes you should be capturing what is (was) on the white sticker, if that is missing maybe you should take the view a record cannot be created until the owner goes away and does their research. It doesn't seem to be asking too much to expect them to know and provide:
Alternatively the model-code is on the plate under the passenger seat and a lot can robustly derived from that instead of relying on possibly haphazard user input. eg. mine are:
252 GC5 = Typ 2 'van' Syncro, MV engine, RHD
246 097 = Typ 2 'dropside van' Syncro, JX engine, RHD
The lists are all in ETKA under V-pages.
For M-code options like 'twin slider' etc. it'd be nice to have these selectable from a pop-up containing the common ones.
Build-date could be derived from the VIN.
I know it's easier said than done. ..
Simon Baxter wrote:
It's difficult this.
I'm sure there are better ways of gathering data more accurately, things like taking data from the white paper sticker but some are now missing.
The paper sticker is also in the service book, who has one of those anymore?
There is the metal plate under the left front seat, PKN plate if you wish but it's not present of models with swivelling seats so Westy owners would not be able to use that.
Leaving the form open for people to add details themselves is also leaving it open to errors but I think that's something we're going to have to accept.
I can already see errors in the test data, I'm hoping it's people just entering stuff as I've asked but I can see a few "Type24" vans...
It would be nice to use PKN data as a reasonably accurate build date could be ascertained, maybe come back to this at a later date.
I will put a support ticket in with the form people to see if there is a way of stopping van bodies being selected if they have type 24 in the chassis and vise versa, stop people having a type 25 pick up..