Being a downloadable tool, Audi PNPC offers some unique advantages over a traditional web-based search engine.
All sites are returned in a single browser window, each site conveniently in its own tab. The "OE Price" feature also instantly lists current/best prices from vendors selling Genuine Audi parts, and prices can be exported to Excel for easy spreadsheet creation with the price matrix template. Selections and settings can be saved for future searches, including preferred vendors, default search behavior, and more.
Additionally, the tool allows you to search for any part number from any program by holding "Ctrl" or "Shift" and right-clicking on the selected text. So, if you're looking at a diagram on VagCat, reading through a DIY online, or making an inventory list in Excel, you can select any of those part numbers and search vendors right then and there (see video under "Integrated Search").
The template was designed to be used in conjunction with the instant "OE Price" feature of Audi PNPC, but feel free to modify it to your liking. You can download the template here: Audi PNPC v2.9.4 - OE Price Matrix Template.xlsx
Simply delete the program if you no longer wish to use it. Audi PNPC is a standalone application. Simply download and use.
While my firsthand experience is only with US vendors, I'd be willing to add an "international" section to the tool if there's enough interest. I've bought parts from many of the US vendors this tool supports, but will need help in compiling a list of reliable vendors for other parts of the world. If you would like to see support for a different region, please send me the vendors you'd like to see included by clicking here.
Currently, Audi PNPC is only available for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit machines. However, some have said it runs just fine using Wine and PlayOnMac. Others have suggested running Windows in a virtual machine with VMware Fusion, or just using the integrated version of Boot Camp to set up a Windows OS.
VagCat and PartsBase are both online Audi parts catalogs that allow you to search for parts by year, make, and model. The websites offer exploded views of parts diagrams and can also be searched from the Audi PNPC tool itself to supplement already known part numbers with relevant diagrams and information.
There is often confusion between these terms and some important distinctions should be made when used in reference to parts. I’ve created a separate page on the website to discuss this fully, located here: OE / OEM / OES / Aftermarket Audi Parts.
Holding either while right-clicking do the same thing (searches any highlighted part number from any program). The reason for allowing both is simply to provide some user preference, as well as to ensure the feature is compatible across a greater range of programs ("Ctrl" + right-clicking, or vice versa, may not be allowed in some programs and this accommodates both). See video under "Integrated Search" for examples.
Feel free to suggest improvements and provide feedback directly via the e-mail button in the "Contact" section (or by clicking here), as well as by visiting any of the Audi forum threads located here.
Of course! If you'd like to show your appreciation and pass along some of the savings, please click here to drop a tip in the tip jar. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps cover the cost of domain and hosting fees, supports future updates, and keeps the project alive.
I’m a big privacy advocate and no personal information is collected whatsoever. I do have some analytics set up to see how many times this tool is downloaded and used, as I’m excited to see how much interest it gets. If you have any additional questions about any of the information above or a question that's not addressed, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks!
Yes, there is! I've also created a shopping tool specific to BMW parts, as well, and am in the process of expanding the project to other vehicles. The most time-consuming task is locating popular/reliable vendors for vehicles other than my own. If you'd like to see this program for makes other than BMW and Audi, please get in touch by clicking here. If you're interested in the BMW PNPC tool, please visit the official website at www.bmwpnpc.com.
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