Upgrade Credits are how Single Vehicle or Year/Model licenses are used to reduce the number of credits required to purchase Year/Model or Tunershop packages.
75% of all appropriate lower level licenses are added together and deducted from the higher level license package eg. 2001 Camaro Single Vehicle credits count towards 2001 Camaro Year/model, and likewise 2004 GTO year/model counts towards the All GenIII V8 Car package.
When you are prompted to license a new vehicle, the reduced number of credits will show for the higher level license. If you then decide to select the higher level license at the reduced credits, it will be saved as being purchased at that reduced credit requirement and those credits will also count towards the next higher license level, if one exists.
It is possible to reduce the required amount of credits for the appropriate higher level purchase to zero.
*All Upgrade credits are preserved during an Interface Upgrade
In this example a customer does the following things:
- Uses 4 credits to license 2 x 2000 Fbody Single Vehicles
- These 4 credits count towards the 2000 Fbody Year/Model license so they are added together, then multiplied by 75% giving 3 Upgrade Credits.
- Since the 2000 Fbody license normally costs 6 credits, it is now reduced to 3 because of the 3 upgrade credits. The calculation of this is completely automatic, all the user will notice is the reduced number of credits on the licensing form.
- They then decide to purchase the 2000 Fbody Year/Model license at the reduced 3 credit price, the software records the fact that 3 credits were actually used to license the 2000 Fbody Year/Model. These 3 credits will also count towards the All GenIII V8 Cars package.
- The customer then purchases the 2001 and 2002 Fbody Year/Model licenses for 6 credits each. Note they are stored at the full 6 credits by the software since no upgrade credits were applicable at the time. These Year/Model credits now apply to the All GenIII V8 Cars package in exactly the same way.
- The total of all applicable Year/Models (3 + 6 + 6) are added together and then 75% are counted towards the package. In this case 11 credits (the result is rounded down) apply to the All GenIII V8 Cars package.
- The user then decides to purchase the All GenIII V8 Cars package at the reduced 19 credits.
This example shows a small tunershop or weekend tuner using upgrade credits to take advantage of the lower entry point while protecting their investment. In this example the customer was an existing HPT customer with Year/Model licenses for the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Fbody vehicles.
- Customer upgrades from Serial to MPVI Pro, existing licenses are transferred as 6 credits each.
- Then the tuner is faced with a decision. A guy calls about a 2004 GTO tune. He is not sure how many more 2004 GTO's he is going to get so he decides to take the Single Vehicle option for 2 credits on this one and "see how it goes".
- Six months pass and then another 2004 GTO request, the tuner then thinks it's been 6 months since the last one so he will just do the same thing. Note at this point the software would have prompted him with a cost of 5 credits to upgrade to the 2004 GTO Year/Model (since 2 x 75% = 1 upgrade credit).
- Another few months pass and then another 2004 GTO request, the tuner thinks he has only done two of these and it's cost him $199 for the two single vehicles, he is still $100 ahead over the last nine months compared to the 2004 GTO Year/Model at $299. At this point the software would be prompting him with him with a cost of 3 credits to upgrade to the 2004 GTO Year/Model (since 4 x 75% = 3 upgrade credits). The tuner decides to go the Single Vehicle route again happy that he is doing the right thing.
- Another few months pass and then a fourth 2004 GTO request. This time the tuner sees the software is prompting him with him with a cost of 2 credits to upgrade to the 2004 GTO Year/Model (since 6 x 75% = 4 upgrade credits). The tuner then decides he would be crazy not to take the 2004 GTO Year/Model option for 2 credits. He thinks back over the last year and realizes sure he has paid $99 more than if he had taken the risk initially on the 2004 GTO Year/Model license but given the length of time it is of no concern. He would have been much worse off had he purchased the Year/Model upfront and never tuned another 2004 GTO!
- This final purchase at the reduced credit price is recorded as 2 credits used to license the 2004 GTO Year/Model.
- If we take a look at the number of Year/Model upgrade credits now applying to the All GenIII V8 Cars package we see that 15 credits apply to the All GenIII V8 Cars package and the tuner would see 15 credits required to license it.
Reviewing available Upgrade Credits
To review your available Upgrade Credits, Open VCM Editor, Click "Help" and select "License Information". Click "License Upgrade Paths" and you will see the upgrade credits you have and how many additional credits are required for the license as shown below.
Using Upgrade Credits
When you License a vehicle that has associated upgrade credits, the license cost will automatically be discounted. In the following example the 20065 GMC Envoy (8cyl) unlimited license is discounted from 12 credits to 9 credits. This corresponds to the license information shown above.