Astoria Company New Car Finance Integration Instructions


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IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE ENSURE YOU CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE TESTING INSTRUCTIONS ONCE YOU'VE COMPLETED THE INTEGRATION!




Introduction to Ping/Post

New Car Finance is a two-step integration process. Commonly, it is referred to as ping/post, i.e. first you send us a 'ping' (all data EXCEPT PII) and we respond with a bid (or outright rejection). Assuming we are the winning bidder, you would then 'post' the lead data (this time including PII), along with the <confirmation> code you received in the ping response.

Please review the following to complete the integration. When you believe you are ready, please follow these steps to test your integration, and then email us at tech@astoriacompany.com

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Help / Support

For help or support, or if you have any questions during the integration, please email us at tech@astoriacompany.com

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Ping:

What is a Ping?

A Ping is a call to our API with all of the lead data EXCEPT the PII. It's purpose is to determine if there is any interest in purchasing the lead, and if there is, to establish the price we would be willing to pay if a subsequent Post for the same lead is accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: TO ENSURE YOUR ACCOUNT IS NOT TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED BY OUR AUTO-THROTTLING MECHANISM, PLEASE DO NOT EXCEED 300 PINGS IN ANY 5 MINUTE PERIOD.

Field names and acceptable values

The absence of any required field (Required) will result in an error. If you do not collect the data for a required field, please refer to the 'Suggested Default' column.
Preferred fields (Preferred) may be omitted, but doing so could reduce a lead's chances of finding a buyer.
Optional fields (Optional) can be omitted without any major impact.

Field Contents Suggested Default Required?
lead_type Determines the type of lead.
MUST be '4' for New Car Finance
4 Required
lead_mode Determines if the lead should be treated as a test lead or a live lead.
0 = TEST LEAD
1 = LIVE LEAD
Click here for full testing instructions.
Required
vendor_id This is the VID code you were provided by Astoria; if you do not know it, please contact us.
Please ensure you are using the correct code, otherwise your leads may be credited to another partner!
Required
sub_id Code of your choosing for your own tracking purposes, e.g. '123-ABC'
This should enable us to distinguish your lead sources from each other, so that we can optimize lead flow to buyers.
There is a maximum length of 35 characters, and it may only contain letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens.
Required
tcpa_optin Indicates whether or not the consumer was presented with, and accepted, unambiguous consent to be contacted via automated telephone systems pursuant to TCPA requirements.
0 = No
1 = Yes
Click here for more information.
0 Preferred
tcpa_text Contains the TCPA language the consumer was presented with on the form where their information was submitted,
e.g. 'By submitting this form…'
Click here for more information.
Preferred
universal_leadid Unique LeadiD as generated by LeadiD.com,
e.g. '09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082'
Preferred
origination_datetime Date/time when lead was submitted by consumer, in format 'YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss',
e.g. '2019-09-21 05:54:14'
Preferred
origination_timezone The timezone for the date/time passed in origination_datetime.
1 = EST / EDT
2 = CST / CDT
3 = MST / MDT
4 = PST / PDT
Preferred
ipaddress Applicants IP address, e.g. '35.175.191.150' Preferred
user_agent The user agent string for the browser used by the applicant when their information was submitted,
e.g. 'CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'
Preferred
vendor_lead_id Your internal ID for this lead (useful if we need to contact you about a specific lead and when processing returns),
e.g. '79069097'
Preferred
url URL of form where lead was generated, e.g. 'http://ratechecker.com/auto-finance/' Preferred
minimum_price Minimum price you would accept for this lead, no $ symbol or commas, e.g. '2.00'
NOTE: For test leads (i.e. where lead_mode=0), our 'buyers' return very low prices (for safety). If you choose to include this optional parameter, then please set it to just '0.01' when testing to ensure you receive the expected responses.
WARNING: Setting a minimum_price will cause you to sell fewer leads!
Optional
zip Valid 5-digit US Zip Code.
Can be used when lead_mode=0 to influence test results.
Click here for full testing instructions.
Required
vehicle_year The year of vehicle.
From last 30 years, i.e. between 1989 and 2019, inclusive.
Note that 2020 would be acceptable from August 1st, 2019.
Required
vehicle_make The make of vehicle, e.g. 'Audi'
Click here to learn about our Vehicle API
Required
vehicle_model The model of vehicle, e.g. 'A6'
Click here to learn about our Vehicle API
Required
vehicle_subModel The sub-model (or trim) of vehicle, e.g. '3.2 Sedan' Optional

Additional Requirements

To be considered for a loan, a customer must:

  • Reside in the United States
  • Be employed

Sending a Ping Request

Ping Request Using HTTP/1.1 POST

Our PING URL is https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/ping/. Please do not begin posting with lead_mode=1 until we have manually verified your test data (in addition to our automatic validation process), and we've explicitly notified you that your campaign has been activated within our system. Any leads posted to the live address while your campaign is still in test mode will return an error and neither be counted nor returned.

The data in the request should be URLENCODED to ensure it is received as intended.

Example Request

URL: https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/ping/
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

lead_type=4&lead_mode=0&vendor_id=76&sub_id=6&tcpa_optin=1&tcpa_text=By+submitting+this+form...&universal_leadid=09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082&origination_datetime=2019-09-21+05%3A54%3A14&origination_timezone=1&ipaddress=35.175.191.150&user_agent=CCBot%2F2.0+%28https%3A%2F%2Fcommoncrawl.org%2Ffaq%2F%29&vendor_lead_id=79069097&url=http%3A%2F%2Fratechecker.com%2Fauto-finance%2F&zip=35222&vehicle_year=2014&vehicle_make=Audi&vehicle_model=A6

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Ping Responses

This is exact text that will definitely be present.
This indicates variable data, or nodes that may or may not be present.

Accept:

NOTE: An 'Accept' response on the PING does NOT indicate we purchased the lead, but ONLY that the lead has passed validation, has not been identified as a duplicate, and that we are responding with a bid for that lead. The 'Response' tag will always contain 'Accepted', but the 'Confirmation' code and the 'Price' will differ for each response.

<PingResponse>
<Response>Accepted</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>6.00</Price>
</PingResponse>

Reject:

NOTE: There are many reasons why we might reject a ping - below you will see all the possible rejection responses. The 'Response' tag will always contain 'Rejected', and the 'Price' will always be '0.00'. The 'Confirmation' code will differ for each response.

For rejected responses, we also add two extra tags: 'Reason' tells you why the lead was rejected, and 'Message' gives some more descriptive text.

Also, where 'Reason' is 'Errors Detected', we add an 'Errors' section with a separate 'Error' node for each error - see the example below! This is designed to help you troubleshoot and fix any errors found.

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>No Buyers Found</Reason>
<Message>There were no buyers available to bid on this lead</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>No Buyers Found</Reason>
<Message>Bids do not meet minimum_price requirement</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Maintenance Mode</Reason>
<Message>Our system is currently in maintenance mode</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Post data is empty</Reason>
<Message>Please check your integration</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_type</Reason>
<Message>Please pass a valid lead_type as per our specs</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_type for this vendor_id</Reason>
<Message>You are not currently approved to send leads of the given lead_type</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_mode</Reason>
<Message>Please ensure lead_mode is either '0' for TEST or '1' for LIVE</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid vendor_id</Reason>
<Message>Please check the vendor_id is correct</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Provided vendor_id is in TEST MODE</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us if you believe your account should be in LIVE MODE</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Daily Cap Exhausted</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us to increase your daily cap</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Per Minute Cap Exhausted</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us to increase your per minute cap</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Errors Detected</Reason>
<Message>The following errors were detected in this lead:</Message>
<Errors>
<Error>1</Error>
<Error>2</Error>
<Error>3</Error>
</Errors>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Duplicate Lead</Reason>
<Message>Lead was identified as a duplicate in our system</Message>
</PingResponse>

<PingResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Blacklisted Data</Reason>
<Message>The lead matches data on our internal blacklist - please investigate the lead source</Message>
</PingResponse>

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Sample Ping Code

Here is some sample PHP code to help you create your call to our API. This is simple stuff, so you should be able to readily convery it into another programming language if necessary.

$apiUrl = 'https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/ping/';

$headers = array('Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded');

$request = 'lead_type=4&lead_mode=0&vendor_id=76&sub_id=6&tcpa_optin=1&tcpa_text=By+submitting+this+form...&universal_leadid=09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082&origination_datetime=2019-09-21+05%3A54%3A14&origination_timezone=1&ipaddress=35.175.191.150&user_agent=CCBot%2F2.0+%28https%3A%2F%2Fcommoncrawl.org%2Ffaq%2F%29&vendor_lead_id=79069097&url=http%3A%2F%2Fratechecker.com%2Fauto-finance%2F&zip=35222&vehicle_year=2014&vehicle_make=Audi&vehicle_model=A6';

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $apiUrl);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $request);

$response = curl_exec($ch);
curl_close($ch);

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Post:

What is a Post?

A Post is a call to our API with all of the lead data INCLUDING the PII. It's purpose is to attempt delivery of the actual lead to us, for the price established on the ping.

Field names and acceptable values

The absence of any required field (Required) will result in an error. If you do not collect the data for a required field, please refer to the 'Suggested Default' column.
Preferred fields (Preferred) may be omitted, but doing so could reduce a lead's chances of finding a buyer.
Optional fields (Optional) can be omitted without any major impact.

To make things easier for you, we have highlighted in green the additional fields that were not included in the Ping, but need to be added for the Post to pass validation.

Field Contents Suggested Default Required?
confirmation_id Astoria provided <Confirmation> code from corresponding ping repsonse.
MUST be provided on Post, else it will be treated as a fresh Ping.
Required
lead_type Determines the type of lead.
MUST be '4' for New Car Finance
4 Required
lead_mode Determines if the lead should be treated as a test lead or a live lead.
0 = TEST LEAD
1 = LIVE LEAD
Click here for full testing instructions.
Required
vendor_id This is the VID code you were provided by Astoria; if you do not know it, please contact us.
Please ensure you are using the correct code, otherwise your leads may be credited to another partner!
Required
sub_id Code of your choosing for your own tracking purposes, e.g. '123-ABC'
This should enable us to distinguish your lead sources from each other, so that we can optimize lead flow to buyers.
There is a maximum length of 35 characters, and it may only contain letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens.
Required
tcpa_optin Indicates whether or not the consumer was presented with, and accepted, unambiguous consent to be contacted via automated telephone systems pursuant to TCPA requirements.
0 = No
1 = Yes
Click here for more information.
0 Preferred
tcpa_text Contains the TCPA language the consumer was presented with on the form where their information was submitted,
e.g. 'By submitting this form…'
Click here for more information.
Preferred
universal_leadid Unique LeadiD as generated by LeadiD.com,
e.g. '09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082'
Preferred
origination_datetime Date/time when lead was submitted by consumer, in format 'YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss',
e.g. '2019-09-21 05:54:14'
Required
origination_timezone The timezone for the date/time passed in origination_datetime.
1 = EST / EDT
2 = CST / CDT
3 = MST / MDT
4 = PST / PDT
Required
ipaddress Applicants IP address, e.g. '35.175.191.150' Preferred
user_agent The user agent string for the browser used by the applicant when their information was submitted,
e.g. 'CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'
Preferred
vendor_lead_id Your internal ID for this lead (useful if we need to contact you about a specific lead and when processing returns),
e.g. '79069097'
Preferred
url URL of form where lead was generated, e.g. 'http://ratechecker.com/auto-finance/' Preferred
minimum_price Minimum price you would accept for this lead, no $ symbol or commas, e.g. '2.00'
NOTE: For test leads (i.e. where lead_mode=0), our 'buyers' return very low prices (for safety). If you choose to include this optional parameter, then please set it to just '0.01' when testing to ensure you receive the expected responses.
WARNING: Setting a minimum_price will cause you to sell fewer leads!
Optional
first_name Applicants first name. Required
last_name Applicants last name. Required
email Email address Required
address Street Address Required
zip Valid 5-digit US Zip Code.
Can be used when lead_mode=0 to influence test results.
Click here for full testing instructions.
Required
primary_phone Primary phone number, exactly 10 digits (3 For PhoneAreaCode, 3 For PhoneExchange and 4 For PhoneSuffix ) no (), -, or spaces Required
secondary_phone Secondary phone number, exactly 10 digits (3 For PhoneAreaCode, 3 For PhoneExchange and 4 For PhoneSuffix ) no (), -, or spaces Optional
work_phone Work phone number, exactly 10 digits (3 For PhoneAreaCode, 3 For PhoneExchange and 4 For PhoneSuffix ) no (), -, or spaces Required
vehicle_year The year of vehicle.
From last 30 years, i.e. between 1989 and 2019, inclusive.
Note that 2020 would be acceptable from August 1st, 2019.
Required
vehicle_make The make of vehicle, e.g. 'Audi'
Click here to learn about our Vehicle API
Required
vehicle_model The model of vehicle, e.g. 'A6'
Click here to learn about our Vehicle API
Required
vehicle_subModel The sub-model (or trim) of vehicle, e.g. '3.2 Sedan' Optional
interior_color Interior color of vehicle, e.g. Black, White, Red, etc. Optional
exterior_color Exterior color of vehicle, e.g. Black, White, Red, etc. Optional
mileage Existing mileage of vehicle, e.g. 5, 7, 15, etc.
NOTE: As a New Car Finance loan, the vehicle mileage should be delivery mileage only. Any vehicle with substantial mileage should be sent via our Auto Finance vertical, not through this New Car Finance vertical.
Required
contact_time Best time to contact applicant about thier loan application.
1 = Any Time
2 = Morning
3 = Afternoon
4 = Evening
5 = Business Hours
6 = Weekends
1 Required
loan_type Type of loan being applied for.
1 = Lease
2 = Loan
3 = Cash
4 = Credit
5 = Other
2 Required
transaction_type Is this a straight purchase, or a trade-in?
1 = Purchase
2 = Trade-in
1 Required
vehicle_price The total price of the vehicle, with no commas, decimals, or dollar symbols, e.g. 25000 10000 Required
timeframe The timeframe for the purchase.
1 = Two Days
2 = One Week
3 = Two Weeks
4 = One Month
5 = More than a month
1 Required
agree_tac Does Applicant agree to all terms and conditions?
0 = No
1 = Yes
0 Required
optout Has Applicant opted-out from shared special offers?
0 = No
1 = Yes
1 Required

Additional Requirements

To be considered for a loan, a customer must:

  • Reside in the United States
  • Be employed

Sending a Post Request

Post Request Using HTTP/1.1 POST

Our POST URL is https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/post/. Please do not begin posting with lead_mode=1 until we have manually verified your test data (in addition to our automatic validation process), and we've explicitly notified you that your campaign has been activated within our system. Any leads posted to the live address while your campaign is still in test mode will return an error and neither be counted nor returned.

The data in the request should be URLENCODED to ensure it is received as intended.

Example Request

URL: https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/post/
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

lead_type=4&lead_mode=0&vendor_id=76&sub_id=6&tcpa_optin=1&tcpa_text=By+submitting+this+form...&universal_leadid=09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082&origination_datetime=2019-09-21+05%3A54%3A14&origination_timezone=1&ipaddress=35.175.191.150&user_agent=CCBot%2F2.0+%28https%3A%2F%2Fcommoncrawl.org%2Ffaq%2F%29&vendor_lead_id=79069097&url=http%3A%2F%2Fratechecker.com%2Fauto-finance%2F&zip=35222&vehicle_year=2014&vehicle_make=Audi&vehicle_model=A6&first_name=John&last_name=Smith&email=test%40test.com&address=123+High+Street&primary_phone=6105551212&work_phone=6105551212&contact_time=1&mileage=17&loan_type=2&transaction_type=1&vehicle_price=10000&timeframe=1&agree_tac=1&optout=1&confirmation_id=12345

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Post Responses

This is exact text that will definitely be present.
This indicates variable data, or nodes that may or may not be present.

Accept:

NOTE: An 'Accept' response on the POST indicates we HAVE purchased the lead. The 'Response' tag will always contain 'Accepted', but the 'Confirmation' code and the 'Price' will differ for each response.

<PostResponse>
<Response>Accepted</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>6.00</Price>
</PostResponse>

Reject:

NOTE: There are many reasons why we might reject a post - below you will see all the possible rejection responses. The 'Response' tag will always contain 'Rejected', and the 'Price' will always be '0.00'. The 'Confirmation' code will differ for each response.

For rejected responses, we also add two extra tags: 'Reason' tells you why the lead was rejected, and 'Message' gives some more descriptive text.

Also, where 'Reason' is 'Errors Detected', we add an 'Errors' section with a separate 'Error' node for each error - see the example below! This is designed to help you troubleshoot and fix any errors found.

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Unable to Monetize</Reason>
<Message>All buyers rejected this lead (IF POSSIBLE, WE WILL ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN WHY HERE)</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Unable to Monetize</Reason>
<Message>Bids do not meet minimum_price requirement</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Maintenance Mode</Reason>
<Message>Our system is currently in maintenance mode</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Post data is empty</Reason>
<Message>Please check your integration</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid Confirmation ID</Reason>
<Message>You have passed a confirmation_id which is invalid</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_type</Reason>
<Message>Please pass a valid lead_type as per our specs</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_type for this vendor_id</Reason>
<Message>You are not currently approved to send leads of the given lead_type</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid lead_mode</Reason>
<Message>Please ensure lead_mode is either '0' for TEST or '1' for LIVE</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Invalid vendor_id</Reason>
<Message>Please check the vendor_id is correct</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Provided vendor_id is in TEST MODE</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us if you believe your account should be in LIVE MODE</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Daily Cap Exhausted</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us to increase your daily cap</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Per Minute Cap Exhausted</Reason>
<Message>Please contact us to increase your per minute cap</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Errors Detected</Reason>
<Message>The following errors were detected in this lead:</Message>
<Errors>
<Error>1</Error>
<Error>2</Error>
<Error>3</Error>
</Errors>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Duplicate Lead</Reason>
<Message>Lead was identified as a duplicate in our system</Message>
</PostResponse>

<PostResponse>
<Response>Rejected</Response>
<Confirmation>12345678901</Confirmation>
<Price>0.00</Price>
<Reason>Blacklisted Data</Reason>
<Message>The lead matches data on our internal blacklist - please investigate the lead source</Message>
</PostResponse>

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Sample Post Code

Here is some sample PHP code to help you create your call to our API. This is simple stuff, so you should be able to readily convery it into another programming language if necessary.

$apiUrl = 'https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/post/';
$headers = array('Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded');

$request = 'lead_type=4&lead_mode=0&vendor_id=76&sub_id=6&tcpa_optin=1&tcpa_text=By+submitting+this+form...&universal_leadid=09A63078-05F0-7090-A707-28D155C9B082&origination_datetime=2019-09-21+05%3A54%3A14&origination_timezone=1&ipaddress=35.175.191.150&user_agent=CCBot%2F2.0+%28https%3A%2F%2Fcommoncrawl.org%2Ffaq%2F%29&vendor_lead_id=79069097&url=http%3A%2F%2Fratechecker.com%2Fauto-finance%2F&zip=35222&vehicle_year=2014&vehicle_make=Audi&vehicle_model=A6&first_name=John&last_name=Smith&email=test%40test.com&address=123+High+Street&primary_phone=6105551212&work_phone=6105551212&contact_time=1&mileage=17&loan_type=2&transaction_type=1&vehicle_price=10000&timeframe=1&agree_tac=1&optout=1&confirmation_id=12345';

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $apiUrl);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $request);

$response = curl_exec($ch);
curl_close($ch);

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Common Mistakes

  • Values must be URL encoded. For example, james.doe@example.com should be james.doe%40example.com and 4 Pennsylvania Plaza should be 4+Pennsylvania+Plaza.
  • All field names and explicitly allowed values (employment_in_month, is_rented, income_payment_type, etc.) are case-sensitive.
  • Passing unlisted values (for example: family for reference_relationship1) will result in errors. Likewise, do not pass empty fields; instead omit the fields.
  • Out-of-range or logically impossible values, like stay_in_month=100, or stay_in_year=100 when dob=1980, will fail.
  • Remember to set lead_mode=1 when you go live!

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Testing

For testing, i.e. when lead_mode=0, please attempt at least three different leads, each with a different zip code. One should end with and even number, one should end with an odd number, and one should end with a 0 (zero). The responses generated will vary based on the zip code used, as follows:

  • If you PING a test lead with a zip code that ends with a ZERO (e.g. 19460), you will receive the 'No Coverage' response, i.e. it will be REJECTED on the PING.
  • If you PING a test lead with a zip code that ends with an ODD number (e.g. 19461), you will receive a bid, i.e. it will be ACCEPTED on the PING. When you POST that same lead to us, it will be REJECTED on the POST.
  • If you PING a test lead with a zip code that ends with an EVEN number (e.g. 19462), you will receive a bid. When you POST that same lead to us, it will be ACCEPTED on the POST.

Please email all of the ping and post requests AND their corresponding responses to tech@astoriacompany.com so that we can verify the tests and activate your account.

Testing via a Third Party Service

If you are having issues getting the response you expect, please use hurl.it or a similar service to hit our API with the following settings (refer to this image):

  1. Go to: hurl.it
  2. Select 'POST' in the first dropdown
  3. For the URL, enter: https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/ping/ (or https://api.astoriacompany.com/v2/post/ if testing a post)
  4. Add a Header: 'Content-Type' with a value of 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'
  5. Paste your ping or post request into the 'Parameters' text area
  6. Click: Launch Request

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