Auto Parts Ecommerce Website Providers – A Short List

All auto parts ecommerce website providers are different, with their own pros and cons. We’ve tried to put together a comprehensive list of providers that:

  1. Lists all the companies making platforms that specialize in automotive parts and accessories ecomm
  2. Lists all the companies that don’t specialize in parts and accessories, but which do a good job
  3. Differentiates between selling OEM and aftermarket parts online
  4. Shares some important tips for anyone looking to do a website launch or migration

The list below is edited and updated regularly. If you notice a platform is missing – or if your company has an ecommerce platform that should be listed – please contact us.

List last updated November 2022.

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QUICK NOTE: An asterisk ‘*’ on a listing below indicates that we have vetted the platform and found it to be acceptable or better. This is not to say that the other platforms are not acceptable – we just don’t have an official recommendation.

Ecommerce Website Providers Specializing In Aftermarket Parts and Accessories

Of all the companies that offer ecommerce platforms for auto parts and accessories, most are focused on the aftermarket. Many of the companies on this list offer ACES and PIES import compatibility, SEMA Data Co-Op (SDC) import compatibility, and connections to distributor APIs (like Turn14, Motor State, Torqued, etc). Some offer marketplace connections (e.g. eBay, Amazon, Walmart.com) as well.

Here’s a list of companies that offer ecommerce platforms specifically designed to sell aftermarket parts and accessories online:

  • Parts Square*, which has several integrations with distributors as well as marketplaces and full support for ACES/PIES data, SDC data, etc. Parts Square will also provide custom connectors and features by request (most ecommerce companies don’t do that).
  • Auto Parts Shopping Cart*, which supports ACES/PIES and SDC data, and will also provide customizations by request.
  • Web Shop Manager*, with SDC and ACES/PIES integration and a long list of automotive parts and accessories companies as clients.
  • Complete Web Solutions, which offers a very affordable hosted platform with automatically updated data for 100+ brands (and is also a data provider).
  • DST TurboParts
  • Sophio
  • Altos Digital
  • Shopping Cart Elite

We have at least some experience with most of the systems on this list. They all have their pros and cons, but most of the sites on this list include:

  1. Robust year-make-model search capability
  2. At least some compatibility with standard ACES/PIES data formats
  3. Some level of fulfillment automation/integration with distributors

Because all of these platforms were purpose-built for auto parts, they have unique capabilities and should definitely be considered – especially if you’re looking for a platform that will integrate with a POS system, ERP, warehouse management system, etc.

Ecommerce Platforms That Aren’t Specifically For Parts, But Have Good Parts Ecommerce Capabilities

All of the platforms below have one thing in common: None of them were specifically designed to sell auto parts and accessories.

Still, many are powerful and highly capable, and most are very budget-friendly (one, Shift4Shop, is completely free).

The first three are so massively popular that we’ve written up a quick comparison of them here: Shopify vs. BigCommerce vs. WooCommerce. Be sure to check it out.

  • Shopify – A lot of auto parts retailers utilize Shopify, and it’s one of the fastest-growing options on the market. There are a lot of advantages to hosting your store on Shopify’s platform, including the ConverMax year-make-model lookup app that is quickly becoming popular.
  • BigCommerce – A popular alternative to Shopify, there are a handful of year-make-model apps available (including one from ConverMax, linked above).
  • WooCommerce – We (Spork Marketing) have developed several year-make-model lookup plugins for WooCommerce that make it a nearly ideal platform for manufacturers with smaller catalogs (less than 25,000 SKUs). You can learn more about our WooCommerce plugins here.
  • Shift4Shop (formerly known as 3DCart) – A completely free ecommerce platform with a robust app marketplace, including year/make/model search apps, Quickbooks integrations, etc.
  • nopCommerce – This open-source platform is used by several large parts and accessories brands.
  • SureDone Storefront*, which is part of a larger offering that includes marketplace tools, inventory management, and more.
  • Miva – Several well-known aftermarket retailers use this platform.
  • EBIZPLATFORM is not strictly an ecommerce platform. It’s really a data management platform with ecommerce capability, and it is designed primarily for manufacturers and distributors.
  • EtechGlobal
  • Gravity Shift Digital – One of the few companies on our list that works with Magento (aka Adobe Commerce)
  • Volusion – Similar to BigCommerce, but lacking year-make-model search capability, and several years behind other hosted platforms. Not recommended.
  • Adobe Commerce, aka Magento – One of the worst platforms for ecommerce of any kind! (OK, we’re joking, but seriously this thing is bad). Magento is on our list because many companies are sort of “forced” to use it because of ERP or warehouse integration requirements. If that describes your company, please accept our deepest sympathies.

Ecommerce Website Providers For OEM Parts

Last but not least, the following companies offer ecommerce website platforms specifically designed for selling OEM replacement parts.

Unlike aftermarket parts – where there are lots of quality ACES/PIES data providers to work with – most OEM parts sites are built around proprietary fitment data. As a result, there are fewer options to choose from.

Additionally, many automakers are offering their dealers parts ecommerce platforms. Some of these platforms are white-label versions of one of the systems above, and some are completely unique.

If you’re a dealer, general manager, or dealership parts manager looking for a parts ecommerce site, be sure to read our article about the pros and cons of selling OEM parts online here.

Questions To Ask Your Ecommerce Website Provider

Before you buy an ecommerce website, be sure to ask:

  1. Can I add my own data? If, for example, you’d like to sell both OEM parts and after-market parts, you’ll need to add your own part data.
  2. Can I customize my site’s content? Some systems offer unlimited content customization, others don’t support changes. If you can’t customize the META tags on a particular page of your website (for example), you may have problems with SEO. If you can’t add or update content on your site’s key landing pages, you may have trouble implementing conversion rate optimization, etc.
  3. Can I have a blog? Content marketing is a powerful tool, and success in content marketing starts with a simple and easy-to-use system for posting content to your site. Typically, this system is called a “blog,” but it can also be an articles section. If you can’t add content to your site, your content marketing options are very limited.
  4. What’s your average uptime for the last 3 months (with documentation)? Some auto parts ecommerce systems are plagued with technical problems, to the point where they can cause your website to go offline on a daily or weekly basis. Therefore, it’s important to ask about uptime.
  5. Please give me the URLs for five sites using your system. Once you’ve got this list you can contact each site owner/manager for a candid review of their platform. You can also test the performance/function of each.
  6. Find sites using the same system as your own. Many ecommerce website providers put their name in the footer of all the sites they’ve created. If you figure out the website provider’s standard trademark message, you can search for it on Google (just be sure to search in quotes).
  7. Ask for live examples of features. If you’re promised a particular feature or function, ask to see a live example of it in action. Features or functions that aren’t live are often weeks or months away from production.

Finally, once you choose an ecommerce website provider or system, remember that you’re likely going to be wedded to that company or system for years. Don’t rush into a relationship with the wrong provider – take your time.

Want A Professional Recommendation?

Because of who we are and what we do, we know a lot about parts ecommerce and the likely needs of companies that sell parts and/or accessories online. We offer ecommerce platform selection consulting services, and very often we’re able to save you a lot of time and hassle.

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more.

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