• Candice Ran

Vehicle Part Fitment - The challenge for auto parts businesses

There are two main challenges that automotive ecommerce businesses are currently facing:

  • Managing vehicle fitment data, and

  • Providing an online vehicle fitment check system.

What makes these problems so difficult is the sheer number of auto parts, vehicles and the differences between countries, standards and regions. There are many different formats and data standards that need to be dealt with in an auto parts business’s daily transactions and inventory management.

Vehicles can be identified using VIN numbers, registration plates or by manual selection YMM (year, manufacture and module) information. Replacement parts are often identified by part numbers which originate from either OEM or aftermarket manufacturers.

Automotive industry standardised data formats, ACES and PIES, which are largely used in the US market, may help manage different types of data within a standard so that people can easily find vehicle fitment for parts. Unfortunately, ACES and PIES are largely only being used as a tool for exchanging information between big companies, rather than an online lookup tool accessible by small and medium sized businesses.

Managing data is difficult enough, and even more so when a business needs to find a proper ecommerce platform that can support the huge amount of data that is auto parts fitment. Besides this, integrating auto parts data with ecommerce and providing a friendly fitment check system for online customers to use is also a big problem.

PartsPal is software designed to solve the above problems and makes auto parts fitment management accessible to small and medium sized businesses. The system links in with an internal database standard which contains part numbers (both OEM and aftermarket) along with fitment information. The smart fitment search system is smart enough to automatically match interchangeable parts with vehicles and parts.

The system allows users to add their own fitment and edit data as the auto parts industry grows and evolves. It supports part fitment for vehicle years, sub-models, vehicle configurations, engine codes, tires, wheels and more. It also can be used to keep track of fitment for parts inventory, and publish data to websites and ecommerce sales channels, or be accessed via an API.

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