Vehicle parts compatibility

What is parts compatibility?

Parts compatibility allows sellers to show a variety of vehicles that are compatible with a part or accessory in a single listing, helping to save time and money. For buyers, it is a great way to easily find parts that fit their specific cars or utes.

With parts compatibility listings, you can create one listing describing a single part and add a complete list of compatible vehicles. You can choose compatible cars for the part that you are listing from a Master Vehicle List (MVL) of more than 37,000 models. This eliminates the need to list one part multiple times to ensure all compatible cars, utes, or trucks are found in search.

Why should I use parts compatibility listings?

Improved listings! Using parts compatibility, you can include a detailed list of compatible vehicles for a single part in one listing, reducing the number of listings you need to create. Compatibility information appears on the item page and is searchable. You can then use your 80 character title for popular search elements like brand or part number to better market your listing.

What are the benefits to my business for using parts compatibility listings?

More potential sales

  • Listings with parts compatibility information surface higher in search results, as they are more relevant to the buyer
  • Results in other markets show that listings with parts compatibility information enjoy a significantly greater buyer engagement (defined as bidding, buying, making an offer, watching an item, and/or asking a question)
  • Gives customers' more confidence that the part will fit the vehicle they are buying it for.

Less potential cost

  • Decreased fees from duplicate listings
  • Less time and money spent on returns
  • Less resources devoted to answering customers' questions about whether the part will fit their specific vehicle.

 

Compatibility Methods

  • Make, Model & Variant
  • KType

 

Make, Model & Variant

If your product data has Make Model and Variant data you can use this to map to eBay parts compatibility tree. The compatibility tree allows you to map Make, Model, Variant, Year, Submodel & Engine. However the only required fields are Make, Model and Variant. Each SKU can have a number of make>model>variants associated with it.

Step 1. Download eBay Parts Compatibility tree

  • Go to: eBay > Setup > Import eBay Categories

  • Select the correct category tree from drop down and enter name of content next to create new category tree.

  • Import Data

 

Step 2. Assign SKU's to parts compatibility tree

Option 1

You can manually add the part compatibility by drilling into a product and adding relevant data in categorisation section.

Or you can import a CSV file structured in this format:

SKU Year Make Model Submodel Variant Engine Notes
EXAMPLE1_SKU 2002 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Sedan 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto
EXAMPLE1_SKU 2002 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Ute 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto
EXAMPLE1_SKU 2002 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Wagon 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto
EXAMPLE1_SKU 2001 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Sedan 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto
EXAMPLE2_SKU 2002 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Sedan 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto
EXAMPLE2_SKU 2002 Holden Commodore i V8 (2000-2002) RWD Ute 5665cc 225KW (Petrol) Auto

 

The template for importing the above file would look like this:

Note that the notes section uses :: as a separator which is defined under Update Options tab:

 

Option 2

SKU Path1
EXAMPLE1_SKU Holden>Commodore>(2000-2002) RWD Sedan>2002>i V8>5665cc 225KW (Petrol)::Auto

The template for importing the above file would look like this (each column name is separated by a comma):

Note that the separator is a comma and that you set this up along with compatibility note separator under Update Options tab:

 

Step 3. Set your eBay listing rules template to use eBay Parts Compatibility

  • Go to: eBay > Listing Rules Templates
  • Drill into the template you use to list auto parts to eBay
  • Ensure you select a fall back category that allows part compatibility. 

  • Once correct category is selected a drop down will appear under specifics section
  • Select “eBay Parts Compatibility” as your list for this section
  • Save

All products using this rules template will now feed the eBay Parts Compatibility data assigned to eBay.

 

KType

If you have access to kType values then you can use this method. The kType mapping allows you to define which makes and models of cars are compatible with the product by a reference number associated with each SKU. Each SKU can have a number of kTypes associated with it. If you do not have access to kType values you can access them by obtaining a license from TecDoc.

To assign kTypes to listings, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Create a New Content Type

  1. Go to: admin > content types manager : Add new
  2. Enter the name of the content type: kType
  3. Enter the unique code for the content type: ktype
  4. Save your changes

 

 

Step 2. Import kType codes into the system

So that you have a complete and up to date list of kTypes in the system for you to assign to products, you must upload the kType code list.

  1. Click here to download the latest kType code list
  2. Go to: import/export  > import wizard
  3. Start the data import wizard
  4. When promoted for what you are importing, select “Category or Content”
  5. Upload your file and go to the next step
  6. Modify the field mapping to match the below screenshot
  7. Continue following the prompts to complete the import

Note: due to the size of the file, it may take several minutes for the file to be imported.

Step 3. Assign kTypes codes to products

You can assign kTypes codes to products the same way you assign product categories to products.

Click here for an article on how to assign categories to products
Click here for an article on how to import categories to products

Step 4. Set your eBay listing rules template to use kTypes

  1. Go to: eBay > Listing Rules Templates
  2. Drill into the template you use to list auto parts to eBay
  3. Under the “Categorisation” tab, look for the “Specifics > Compatibility List” section.
  4. Select “kType” as your list for this section
  5. Save

All products using this rules template will now feed the kType data assigned to eBay.