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Domain recovery

rtsrts Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So I used to own Chevyhotrod.com and now I don't. I wasn't really using it, but I had planned to. My registration expired in early April and I was unaware of it because my hosting company had old contact information for my father (who originally registered it and passed away back in December of 2005). While we did transfer the domain into my name the contact information was never changed I guess. So they were trying to tell me they couldn't renew the billing but were unable to.

Now I go there to see someone else has registered it.

I sent the man off an email to see if he would be willing to sell it back. I feel like a douche bag for letting it go in the first place but I am really busy and sometimes I just lose track of things. I did include a little information about the background of the situation in the email but I didn't want to press it too hard and seem like I was just trying to pull on his heartstrings or something. I just wanted to let him know why I am now pursueing it after letting it expire.

The plan was to put up the website about the car my father and I built together. I havent quite finished the car yet so I hadn't bothered to start the website.


My question is, if he refuses to sell it back is there anything I can do?

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  • FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Domains go fast, and while unfortunate, I think you might be stuck since there was a lapse in the renewal.

    Edit: The domain mychevyhotrod.com is open. Since three word domains that are more than 10 letters aren't super valuable it might be better to just register this one. It'll still be applicable to what you're doing since the restored vehicle will be your chevy hotrod.

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  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    It's extremely unlikely that there's anything you can do aside from negotiate with the current owner.

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  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Fellhand wrote: »
    Domains go fast, and while unfortunate, I think you might be stuck since there was a lapse in the renewal.

    Edit: The domain mychevyhotrod.com is open. Since three word domains that are more than 10 letters aren't super valuable it might be better to just register this one. It'll still be applicable to what you're doing since the restored vehicle will be your chevy hotrod.

    I am going to register that I think, in case I can't get chevyhotrod.com back. Do you have any suggestions on who I could register it with cheaply for a long ass period of time?

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  • FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    cakemikz wrote: »
    Fellhand wrote: »
    Domains go fast, and while unfortunate, I think you might be stuck since there was a lapse in the renewal.

    Edit: The domain mychevyhotrod.com is open. Since three word domains that are more than 10 letters aren't super valuable it might be better to just register this one. It'll still be applicable to what you're doing since the restored vehicle will be your chevy hotrod.

    I am going to register that I think, in case I can't get chevyhotrod.com back. Do you have any suggestions on who I could register it with cheaply for a long ass period of time?


    Mine are through Godaddy.com because I like the chick in their commercials, but I hear there are places that are cheaper than $10 a year. They do have a nifty auto renewal/auto notify feature though.

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  • Nexus ZeroNexus Zero Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I let zeldaelements.com expire back in the day though clearly I later reopened the site. A few months ago I asked the vulture company that grabbed it how much they'd be willing to let a virtually worthless domain name go for. $1000. I originally bought it for $20. I just replied "lol". Whatever they ask from you, it'll probably be worth just getting a new domain.

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  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Yeah, you know I wouldn't be heart broken if I don't get it back. I feel pretty bad about losing it but my father probably would have understood. I would spend some money to get it back though. This is just one in a series of things that I have done that I feel really don't show proper respect to my father. I miss him everyday you know, but it is tough to constantly think about what you need to do be respectful and also live your own life and get your own shit taken care of.

    It's not like this website makes or breaks my fathers memory though. It's more the principle that I didn't take proper care of it and I feel the need to make ammends. He did so much for me while he was around and even after he died, yet I keep dropping the ball whenever it comes to anything I could do to honor that. Even something as small as a website.

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