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History & accuracy notes
The first American car database I made since 2014 (based on Edmunds and named Year-Make-Model-Trim-Specs) was missing some essential info, for example MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price).
The second American car database was born in October 2017 when a customer interested in MSRP suggested me to extract data from TheCarConnection.com, then in November 2017 another customer asked me for specific technical specs available in TheCarConnection so I sold him same database, re-scraped to include all specifications. After selling privately to 2 customers, both interested in 2017-2018 models only, I decided to scrap ALL 1990-2018 models and publish database on website so everyone can purchase.
Second American database have some inconsistencies, I am selling data “as it is” on source website, without corrections or additions, because any changes done will be lost at next update. Specifications are available starting from 1996 (1990-1995 models have just naming and price).
While specifications for each individual car are pretty accurate, filtering cars of a specific class may be a trouble, because it contains multiple values having same meaning: “midsize car”, “midsize cars”, “mid-size cars”. Model hierarchy was slightly messed, for example Jetta is 1996-2005, 2009-2014, 2017-2018, New Jetta is 1999, Jetta Sedan 2002-2016, etc (they corrected this in mid-2019).
Until mid-2019 it did not had constant unique ID for each car, URL is unique but source website occasionally change URLs, merging cars with too similar specs thus deleting some cars, etc. In mid-2019 they deleted nameplates discontinued before 2015 (details below), forcing me to provide December 2019 update as separate file than previous one, some customers had trouble combining new file with older file to have ALL cars in 1 database.
First American database, beside nearly perfect specs accuracy, I manually-built URLs of car models using Edmunds unique IDs that are constant over time and nothing is deleted. I also improved model hierarchy, corrected errors and expanded database with additional data not available on Edmunds, for which in May 2018 I made a more complex JSON scraper (instead of HTML) and added MSRP (for 2001-present cars) in first American database, which been outselling second American database 10 times, keeping updates on-going for 2 databases targeting same market became worthless.
I kept second American database for sale because it still have some data not existing in first database, for example MSRP for 1990-2000 models, gear ratios, trunk length, width, height, etc. But very few people are interested in these specs.
Last release: December 2019. I abandoned second American database to focus updating first American database more often (see Year-Make-Model-Trim-Specs) and other databases for rest of world.
List of car makes
Acura, Alfa Romeo, AM General, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Coda, Daewoo, Dodge, Eagle, Ferrari, FIAT, Fisker, Ford, Genesis, Geo, GMC, Honda, HUMMER, Hyundai, INFINITI, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Panoz, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Saturn, Scion, smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo.
List of updates
Each update involve re-scraping all makes, models, years and trim, the job takes about 50 hours at speed of 3 seconds per page.
TheCarConnection was originally 1997-present. As March 2018 they added specifications for 1996 models and also 1990-1995 models without specifications (only model names and price). I do not know if in the future, they will add specifications for pre-1996 cars too.
59 makes, 1136 models, 7224 model years, of which 6608 with specs, ? with trims, 46140 trims, as December 2017
61 makes, 1191 models, 8390 model years, of which 8074 with specs, 6644 with trims, 46804 trims, as 12 March 2018, published 18 March.
61 makes, 1210 models, 8651 model years, of which 8313 with specs (? full specs), 56363 trims (? full specs) as 20 September 2018.
61 makes, 1215 models, 8694 model years, of which 8313 with specs (? full specs), 56369 trims (? full specs) as 26 December 2018 (the source website did not added more specs in 3 months?)
61 makes, 1225 models, 8762 model years, of which 8439 with specs (7008 full specs), 57181 trims (49381 full specs) as 1 Feb 2019.
61 makes, 1229 models, 8790 model years, of which 8454 with specs (7023 full specs), 57312 trims (49512 full specs) as 28 March 2019.
61 makes, 1235 models, 8877 model years, of which 8547 with specs (7116 full specs), 58006 trims (50209 full specs) as 4 June 2019.
In mid-2019 TheCarConnection deleted pages of all model nameplates discontinued before 2015. We can still see specs of 1990 Dodge Grand Caravan https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/dodge_grand-caravan_1990 because a new model with same name is still in production today, but we cannot see anymore specs of Dodge Caravan (non-Grand) because this nameplate was discontinued in 2007! Strange decision to delete data for discontinued nameplates! Wasn’t TheCarConnection supposed to contain ALL cars that have been sold in United States since 1990 to present?
My idea was to scrap all cars and add 2019-2020 models from recent scrap over the 1990-2018 models from June scrap… I ran scraper again in September and early December without finding any significant number of cars added. I noticed that number of cars changed significantly in December so I ran scraper again on 18 December, to find a lot more 2020 models. But number of 2018 and 2019 models decreased, it means that TheCarConnection is not only updating with new cars but also doing changes in old cars, deleting / merging 2 similar trims into one, so how do I should combine files?
I decided at December 2019 update to provide separate files for June and December updates, leaving customers to combine. Depending by customers feedback, I will decide how to combine, if should provide combined files from my side.
521 models, 5629 model years, of which 5449 with specs, 44507 trims, as 16 Sep 2019
525 models, 5696 model years, of which 5460 with specs, 44558 trims, as 07 Dec 2019
554 models, 5785 model years, of which 5661 with specs, 46108 trims, as 15 Dec 2019
46 makes, 538 models, 5786 model years, of which 5660 with specs, 46107 trims, as 24 Dec 2019
38 makes, 472 models, 5510 model years, of which 5392 with specs, 47493 trims, as 30 May 2020. TheCarConnection just removed all exotic manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, etc… are you fucking serious? What we can expect in the future?
38 makes, 476 models, 5544 model years, of which 5419 with specs, of with 5407 with 47724 trims, as 1 July 2020.
38 makes, 476 models, 5646 model years, of which 5532 with specs, of with 5522 with 49019 trims, as 18 October 2020.