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DCI vs SDC: By the Numbers

Posted on 21 January 2014, 5:42 PM PST by Eric Peters under News

DCI Logo SDC Logo

With the introduction of the SEMA Data Co-Op (SDC), in late 2012, there are now two data (PIES/ACES) repositories targeted to Performance & Accessory Data Suppliers & Receivers. With the SDC now out of BETA & in the full Production Phase, we wanted to see how they stack up to DCI from an available data standpoint. The results actually surprised us a lot.

Overall Stats:

DCI vs SDC Total Product Lines

Due to how long DCI has been around in the industry, we expected SDC to be a sub-set, or perhaps a super-set of the DCI product lines:

DCI vs SDC Predicted Product Line Overlap

In practice, the numbers show a much different story:

DCI vs SDC Actual Product Line Overlap

Total Unique Product Lines Between Both: 430
Product Line Overlap: 118 (27%)

DCI Total Market Coverage: 66%
DCI Exclusive Market Coverage: 38%

SDC Total Market Coverage: 62%
SDC Exclusive Market Coverage: 34%

Both have a very large "Exclusive" data sets.

As a data receiver, if you were thinking about moving to the SDC exclusively, at least right now, you'll be leaving behind a lot of brands.

As a data supplier, it might make sense to participate in both repositories, to maximize your distribution to receivers.

Some Notes:

  • DCI had 22 Product Lines that didn't have records in the AAIA Brand Code Database, SDC had 25. These were assumed to be non-overlapping brands & unique to each repository.
  • Product Lines that were mapped to a single AAIA Brand Code were effectively "de-duped"
  • Sources: DCI Available Product Lines, SDC Available Product Lines, & AAIA Brand Database
  • If you would like to get a copy of our dataset, please contact us

Site Design Refresh

Posted on 5 April 2013 by Frugal Mechanic under News

We've just launched a site design refresh. Check it out!

Here's the updated home page:

Coupons on the Detail Page Screenshot

Here's an updated part detail page:

Coupons on the Detail Page Screenshot

Here's another detail page:

Coupons on the Detail Page Screenshot

If you click on the "12" box in the coupons column for Advance Auto Parts you get this popup with all their current coupons that are applicable to this part:

Coupons on the Detail Page Screenshot

Updated Design

Posted on 12 April 2010, 6:33 PM PDT by Frugal Mechanic under News

You may have noticed a new-and-improved design on    We didn't go too crazy on the colors, just some nice subtle color and UI changes that we hope will make it easier for our visitors to navigate the site and find the parts that they're looking for.   As always, please let us know if you have any feedback ().

245,304,018 Engine/Part Combinations

Posted on 3 March 2010, 6:30 PM PST by Frugal Mechanic under News

Here at Frugal Mechanic, we deal with a lot of data on a daily basis.    We have parts that fit hundreds of different makes (e.g. Audi),  lots of different years (e.g 2002 Audi),  thousands of different models (e.g. 2002 Audi A4) and a bunch of different Engines (e.g. 2002 Audi A4 1.8T).

When you combine those numbers with the number of categories (e.g. Oil Filter) and unique parts (Bosch 72211),  you get some really really big numbers.   Try 245,304,018 total combinations (e.g. 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Bosch 72211 Oil Filter).

Just to put that in perspective...that means almost every single person in the US could have their own unique engine/part combination (the US population is currently around 300 million).   That's a lot of parts!

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