ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard) is the North American industry standard for the management and exchange of automotive catalog applications data. With ACES, suppliers can publish automotive data using standardized vehicle attributes, parts classifications and qualifier statements. ACES also prescribes a machine-readable format (XML) for trading partners to use in exchanging vast amounts of catalog information electronically.

The use of the ACES standard reduces number of formats needed to communicate product information removing duplicative efforts to communicate and distribute data in various formats. More efficient product communication gets products to market faster.

While the ACES standard is free, ACES utilizes Auto Care’s databases, some of which require a paid subscription . In using ACES, there are clear advantages to database (VCdb, PCdb, Qdb and Brand table) subscriptions. However maintaining your own data in-house may require more internal resources than you are able to commit. If you have your application data in an electronic format, there are many  service providers that will help map your data to the ACES format. Some service providers can send ACES files for you.


Latest Version: ACES 4.0

Previous Version: ACES 3.2 


technical documentation

ACES 4.0 - download

ACES 3.2 - download

other resources

Communifire - contains the latest standards information including access to previous versions of ACES.  Communifire provides a forum to connect with other users, ask questions, and provide feedback. contains the databases (VCdb, PCdb, Qdb and Brand table) used by the ACES standard.

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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