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Check out all the latest videos, white papers and documentation packets provided by Auto Care Association. Auto Care provides background information and content for each of our standards and products. For recent changes and initiatives regarding the standards, review our  monthly release notes and visit communifire to participate in industry conversations and review documentation regarding the standards.

For additional help, please follow one of the appropriate channels:

Product Info, Pricing,
Learning Lab
sep   autocare.org/technology
Billing, Subscriptions sep   techbilling@autocare.org
Questions about
Data and using VIP
sep technology@autocare.org
Contact Us (within VIP)
Database Structure or
Process Changes
sep autocare.communifire.com
TSC - workflow process



Auto Care is redefining and reorganizing our products to enable the industry to better leverage our technology offerings. Each member of the industry has different needs, for this reason, Auto Care has created a variety of products and data subscriptions to best serve our aftermarket community. The information below, in addition to the products page and subscription page, will help you assess your needs and the best subscription(s) for your company.

Vehicle Information Portal (VIP)

In April 2017, Auto Care proudly launched the VIP, www.autocarevip.com. This site replaced our previously dispersed management and physical locations of our databases on EnhancedStandard.com,  ptattributes.pricedex.com, and brandtable.pricedex.com. To access Auto Care standards, users will now visit www.autocarevip.com. From this site, users will find interactive screens representing the standards data, and download pages providing access to database downloads.

The VIP serves as an umbrella for many of the Association’s technology products. Through this portal, you will continue to see additional offerings and functionality to improve industry efficiency! VIP will only allow access to items to which you have an active subscription. Access to VIP does require users to create credentials. There are still products that are available without a paid subscription through VIP such as the Brand Table and the PCdb. Access to the VIP site does not require a paid subscription, access to certain products within the VIP site will require paid subscription. For details on products and pricing, please visit our subscriptions page.

The VIP system is synchronized with your Auto Care Association credentials in effort to reduce the number of usernames and passwords you track associated with Auto Care products. This means the same login credentials you use to enter the Auto Care Association website will give you access to the new VIP system. 

technical documentation
VIP Quick Start Guide
VIP Communifire space

LEARNING LAB RESOURCES

aces  |   brand table  |   best practices  |   ipo  |   ishop  |   padb  |   pcdb  |   pies  |   qdb  |   vcdb  |  


aces

technical documentation  
version 4.0 under development 
version 3.2  
data rules
 
er diagrams 

video tutorials  
on demand training

other resources  
service providers



brand table

technical documentation   
how to add a brand code  
technical specification document
data rules 

video tutorials   


best practices

technical documentation   
digital asset best practices
 


ipo

technical documentation   
version 3  

other resources   
SMP IPO 2.0 test center



ishop

technical documentation   
interface diagrams
 
technical implementation guide
 
participation form


padb

technical documentation   
industry guide v2.06  
PAdb sample code
  
er diagram
 
data rules 

video tutorials


pcdb

technical documentation 
PCdb rules and policies   
data rules   
er diagrams 



pies

technical documentation  
version 6.7

white papers  
Volume 1: Using PIES for Pricing
 
Volume 2: Using PIES for Product Attributes 
 
Volume 3: Using PIES for Rich Content, and other Market Copy   
Volume 4: Using PIES for Images and Digital Content 
 
Volume 5: Using PIES for Kit and Set information   
Volume 6: The Description Segment – Definitions and Uses of the Description Codes

video tutorials   
on demand training

other resources  
service provider
  
category management hierarchy
 
AWDA PIES 6.5 Minimum Common Requirements



qdb

technical documentation
data rules
er diagrams

video tutorials
the qualifier database




vcdb

technical documentation  
data rules  
er diagrams
 

video tutorials  
the vcdb: how do you define a vehicle?

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