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The Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) is the aftermarket industry data standard for the management and communication of product fitment data for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, and off-highway and equipment. The ACES data standard allows companies to communicate this information for their products to their trading partners, by utilizing multiple supporting relational databases, which contain standardized, codified data, including vehicle and equipment attributes, qualifier statements, product classifications, brands and more. For example, if a company's product(s) requires a Year, Make, Model lookup in order to find it in a catalog or web lookup, users would utilize the ACES data standard, which utilizes multiple relational databases, to communicate that fitment information for their product(s) to their trading partners. The ACES data standard is used by light, medium, and heavy duty, as well as powersport, off-highway and equipment companies to communicate their product fitment information.

By using the ACES data standard, as well as best practices, it allows for companies to be more efficient in communicating product fitment data for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, and off-highway and equipment, for their product’s by utilizing a standardized communication method that is machine-readable (XML) by all trading partners. By using the ACES standard, it:

  • Removes duplicated communication and distribution efforts
  • Saves time and money
  • Lowers supply chain costs
  • Increases product introduction and speed to market
  • Contributes to increased sales, operational efficiencies, and reduced returns

While the ACES data standard is free, it utilizes multiple relational databases which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data), some of which require an annual paid subscription.

  • Current Version: 4.1

    Previous Version: 4.0

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    ACES 4.1 is the current version* of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) offered to the industry. This version, and all versions, are designed and maintained by the industry, for the industry, through industry workgroups and the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). Each version passes a 90-day industry review period and is then released to the industry there-after.

    Documentation Includes:
    Technical Documentation
    Coded Values
    XSD Schema
    XSD Schema Diagram
    Best Practices

    *Auto Care Association ONLY supports the Current and Previous versions of the ACES and PIES data standards per the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). Auto Care Association highly recommends that users of the data standards stay up-to-date as new versions are introduced and released.

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  • The Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) utilizes multiple relational databases, which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data). To utilize the ACES standard, users must utilize these databases and the data within them. Click to learn more.

    vcdb qdb pcdb brand table

    VCdb and Qdb require a paid subscription to access. Please visit each database's page for subscription information.

  • Check out this video to see who use the ACES and PIES data standards!

  • There are multiple ways to get involved in the development and management of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) data standards, as well as their supporting relational databases.

    + Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP)
    + Communifire
    + Education and Networking
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