Data Standards Subscriptions

All Auto Care technology product subscriptions are for 12 months and must be renewed on an annual basis to maintain access to the selected product(s). To obtain Auto Care Association member rates, companies must be current Auto Care members in good standing. To learn more about the benefits of becoming an Auto Care Association member company, and to apply, please visit the membership page!

Subscriptions include:

  • Access to purchased product downloads on
  • Data Standards documentation in Auto Care Digital Hub
  • Release notes communications for the data standards and their supporting databases
  • Communications on industry networking, training and educational events related to using the data standards and their supporting databases and other technology related topics.

See all pricing below and when ready to subscribe, click here to start the online process.

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VCDB Pricing

The Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) is used in the ACES data standard.

A subscription to the VCdb automatically provides access to the Qualifier database (Qdb).

Light Duty & Power Sports

Includes Light Duty Vehicles and Powersports vehicle types sold in United States, Canada and Mexico.

Revenue Range  Member  Non-Member
 $0 - $5M  $3,218 $7,021
 $5 - $50M  $4,451 $9,710
 $50M - $1B  $5,135 $11,204
 $1B+  $6,847 $14,939


VCdb Light Duty Latin America

Includes Light Duty vehicle types sold in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru.

Revenue Range     Member    Non-Member  
 $0 - $5M  $3,500  $5,250
 $5 - $50M  $4,500 $6,750
 $50M - $1B  $5,500 $8,250
 $1B+  $7,500 $11,250


Medium & Heavy Truck

Includes medium and heavy duty truck vehicle types (classes 4-8) sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Revenue Range     Member Non-Member
 $0 - $5M  $3,500  $4,400
 $5 - $50M  $4,100 $6,200
 $50M - $1B  $4,800 $7,200
 $1B+  $5,700 $8,500


Off-Highway and Equipment

Includes Off-Highway and Equipment vehicle types sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Revenue Range     Member Non-Member
 $0 - $5M  $3,500  $4,400
 $5 - $50M  $4,100 $6,200
 $50M - $1B  $4,800 $7,200
 $1B+  $5,700 $8,500


PADB Pricing

The Product Attribute database (PAdb) is used in the PIES data standard.

 Revenue Range  Member   Non-Member 
 $0 - $5M  $1,100 $2,300
 $5M - $50M  $1,575 $4,500
 $50M - $1B  $3,425 $10,000
 $1B+  $5,500 $15,950



iShop Pricing

Revenue Range  Member Non-Member
 Inspection Server  $2,500  $4,500
 Shop Management Server  $5,000 $7,500


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Database Translation Pricing

Auto Care Association offers translations for the data standards supporting databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb and PAdb). Subscribing to these translation databases provides users the ability to easily translate the coded content within an ACES or PIES XML file.

Language  Member  Non-Member
 Spanish  $2,500   $5,000
 Canadian French  $2,500  $5,000
 Portuguese  $2,500  $5,000

*To subscribe to any of the translation databases, users must have an active subscription to one of the VCdbs as well as the PAdb. Each language subscription includes translations for the VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, and PAdb.

eLearning Course: Introduction ACES and PIES Pricing

Auto Care Association members can save $50 now through Dec 2022 on the course with our introductory member price of $99 by using code: 99Intro. Ready to purchase? go to

Language  Member  Non-Member
 eLearning Course  $149   $249

*Once your individual subscription is active, this course will be available for 12 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long after payment will my subscription be active?
Access for the product you have subscribed to will be active as soon as (not before) Auto Care processes your payment. Payment by credit card has the fastest turnaround and is recommended. You will have access to the purchased data for one calendar year from the day payment is processed. Auto Care can pro-rate new subscriptions to align with the billing cycle of any existing products for a simplified renewal process.
Do I need a subscription to use the ACES and PIES data standards?
No. The ACES and PIES data standards are free to the industry to use. However, the ACES and PIES data standards utilize multiple supporting relational databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, PAdb, Brand Table), some of which require a subscription. See our subscriptions page to find out which ones require a paid subscription.

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