The Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb) is a fully normalized, relational database of vehicle configurations for passenger cars,light trucks, and medium and heavy duty trucks sold in the US, Canada and Mexico. Base vehicle information (Year, Make, Model and Submodel) for Vintage vehicles (1896 – 1950) was added to the VCdb in September 2006 for the US. The VCdb represents nearly 50 unique attributes organized into vehicle systems or attribute groups that are validated against base vehicle and sub-model combinations. The structure of the database allows aftermarket companies to communicate applications with as much or as little detail as necessary. The result is more precise, accurate data exchange throughout the supply chain. The VCdb is an essential element of any data solution that aims to manage and communicate complex vehicle information in a standardized format.

The VCdb and Qdb are  the backbone for those who subscribe to the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES ). The VCdb is used throughout the industry supply chain to understand valid combinations between vehicles and vehicle systems for buying, selling, fixing, researching, and reporting on aftermarket vehicles.  The industry has and continues to pool resources through the Association to collect and organize new vehicle research. By pooling resources through the Association, the data is more accessible and affordable to each industry player. This pooled research effort provides an economy of scale for all subscribers reducing the overall time and cost associated with research required to assemble catalog data. The industry collaboration on the VCdb through Auto Care Association keeps the data used by the industry under management of a non-profit, non-partisan entity.

The VCdb is accessed through the Vehicle Information Portal (VIP). In VIP, users can query for specific values and download the complete current database.  Data change requests are made through VIP. The VCdb is segmented by vehicle class and available to subscribers only. For product information and pricing, please see our technology subscriptions page.


What ACES and PIES is NOT

Communifire - contains the latest standards information and provides a forum to connect with other users, ask questions, and provide feedback. contains the databases (VCdb, PAdb, PCdb, Qdb and Brand table) used by the ACES & PIES standards.

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The Association manages technology products under the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). The TSC is comprised of volunteer leaders who provide input and guidance to the association and act as an industry sounding board. The TSC sets the direction and approves changes to the standards managed by the association. Keep up-to-date of TSC initiatives and changes to the standards by joining and reviewing communifire. This is our industry platform to discuss the standards, changes, challenges, and direction.

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