When you’re looking for that one specific collectible, there is nothing better than seeing it pop up as the first search result. Hey, we get it. Here are a few pro tips on making that a regular thing.
Don’t be shy with your search terms
One of the best ways to get super specific results is to add anything printed on the item to the search. Add as much data as you can in the search bar and see how your results change.
Get Specific with Search Filters
When you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, try using our search filters. For example, if you know you’re looking for a particular Hot Wheels model that was made in 1988, you can search for “Hot Wheels” then click on the type “model cars” and then filter for “produced in 1988”.
Leveraging interrelated information
One of my favorite parts about the database is that everything is interrelated. That means that if you’re looking for a particular James Bond action figure, all you have to do is visit the James Bond character page. Not only will you find that action figure, but you'll find everything else 'James Bond', including cars, posters, print ads and more!
Beware of Special Characters
The search engine will disregard special characters such as – or ‘. This means that searching for Mercedes Benz and Mercedes-Benz will show the same results. This also means that spaces are important for searching, so don't forget to include those.
Embrace Equivalent Search Terms
Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how an item is spelled in the database. For example, is it VW beetle or Volkswagen beetle? Or is it 1932 or ’32, or is it Chevy and Chevrolet? It’s for this very reason that we’ve created an equivalent search term tool. Now when you search for a Chevy, you will see search results for both Chevy and Chevrolet. We are constantly adding similar search terms to this tool, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them to us. Just use the small chat box at the bottom right of your screen to get in touch.
Narrow down your results with a minus sign
To narrow down your search results, you can use the Minus symbol. For example, Porsche -911 shows you 924s, 928s but no 911s.
Find exact matches with ” “
Looking for something in particular? Simply put your search term in quotes and you’ll only see search results that are an exact match to your phrase.
Looking for some more information about our database? Check out our Getting Started: The Database articles.
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