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Vehicle ads onboarding guide

Create a primary feed

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Step 5 of showing your local products on Google is creating, registering and submitting your feeds This is step 4a of the vehicle ads onboarding guide.

This article describes how to upload a primary feed to enable vehicle ads.

If you're interested in submitting vehicle ads data through API, click here.

The primary feed is a list of all your vehicle inventory with descriptive attributes. Some attributes are required for all vehicle ads in your feed, some are required for certain types of vehicle ads, and other attributes are recommended. Not providing a required attribute may prevent that particular vehicle ad from showing up in results and not providing recommended attributes may impact the ad's performance.

Google recommends submitting all your vehicle inventory in a single feed.

Note: To simplify the feed management experience, you can optionally work with a dedicated third-party provider such as Fullpath or Ansira. Vehicle feed providers can automate the creation and submission of vehicle feeds. Learn how to Register and submit your feed.

Before you begin

  • Supported Vehicle Types: Only non-commercial, passenger vehicles such as cars and pickup trucks (utes in AU) are supported. Vehicle ads can't be used to promote RVs, boats, buses, trains, etc.
  • Supported Offers: Your feed should only include vehicle offers. It shouldn't include offers for spare parts, accessories, or any other shopping offers.
  • Attribute headers: You must use the exact attribute headers listed below for your feed to be processed correctly.
  • Unique Vehicle Offers: Ensure that you submit each vehicle offer only once in the feed by checking the vehicle identification number (VIN). If the same vehicle is available for multiple store codes or has multiple fulfillment types, these are supported by repeated fields for store codes and the group attribute for vehicle fulfillment, and there is no need to submit a VIN multiple times for these scenarios. If a VIN is submitted for more than one vehicle offer, those offers will be disapproved in the feed.
    • Exception: If you’re submitting offers in multiple languages, the VIN can be submitted once for each language (if available).
    • In the UK, VIN is considered personally identifiable information (PII). You should submit ID [id] as an alternative identifier. The ID must also appear on the vehicle’s landing page.

Build your primary feed

Step 1: Create a delimited text file, an XML file, or use API

To start, create either a delimited text file (recommended) or an XML file, or use the API. Note that neither automated feeds via website crawl nor vehicles added manually in Merchant Center are supported for vehicle ads.

Step 2: Tell us about the vehicles in your inventory

Your primary feed is Google’s source of information for your vehicle ads. The information you submit in this feed is what appears to auto shoppers searching for your products.

Vehicle ads feed specification

Attribute Description Type
Google product category [google_product_category]

Required

Google Product Category.

Select the category: Vehicles & Parts > Vehicles > Motor Vehicles > Cars, Trucks & Vans

OR

Use category code: 916

Vehicle fulfillment [vehicle_fulfillment]

Required

This group attribute is used with the store_code sub-attribute for in store and ship to store fulfillment. Store code isn't required for online offers. Learn more

Supported values:

  • in_store
  • ship_to_store
  • online

This attribute can be repeated up to 3 times for each offer, allowing dealers to specify an option for each fulfillment type.

Title [title]

Optional

Specific title for the vehicle for sale which is displayed in Merchant Center.

Title is automatically generated based on other attributes. Dealers can list this independently, but it won't be used.
Product type [product_type]

Optional

Use this attribute to include your own product categorization system in your product data.

String
VIN [VIN]

Required

Optional in some countries

Vehicle Identification Number, unique identifier for each car.

If VIN [vin] is optional in your business country, you should submit ID [id] as an alternative vehicle identifier.

String, 17 digits
ID [id]

Required

Your product’s unique identifier. This can be an internal stock number or VIN.

In the UK, DE, and FR, this identifier must also appear on the vehicle’s landing page.

String. Must be unique.
Store code [store_code]

Required

Unique alphanumeric identifier for each dealership.

Note: The store code attribute is case-sensitive and must match the store codes submitted in your Business Profile.

String

This is a repeated field which can take multiple values.

Image link [image_link]

Required

Single image of the specific vehicle.

The URL for your main vehicle image.

Learn more about image guidelines for vehicle ads

Additional image link [additional_image_link]

Optional

Up to 10 additional images of the specific vehicle.

More images for your vehicle beyond the main image provided in the image link attribute, commonly used to show a vehicle from different angles.

This is a repeated field which can take multiple values.

Link template [link_template]

Required for in-store and ship-to-store offers

Link to specific vehicle descriptions page (VDP). Make sure to include the {store_code} ValueTrack parameter.

Note: The parameter in the URL should be written using the words “store_code”. Don’t input the actual store code.

The URL for the landing pages of the vehicle on your site.

Example: including store_code as URL parameter: http://mikemart.com/123?store={store_code}

Example: including store_code as part of URL path: http://acmestores.com/456/store/{store_code}

Link [link]

Required for online offers

Link to specific vehicle descriptions page (VDP).

The URL for the landing pages of the vehicle on your desktop site.
Mobile link template [mobile_link_template]

Optional

Link to specific vehicle descriptions page (VDP) for mobile devices.

Make sure to include the {store_code} ValueTrack parameter.

Note: The parameter in the URL should be written using the words “store_code”. Don’t input the actual store code.

The URL for the landing pages of the vehicle on your mobile site.
Mobile link [mobile_link]

Optional

Link to specific vehicle descriptions page (VDP) for mobile devices.

The URL for the landing pages of the vehicle on your mobile site.
Ads redirect [ads_redirect]

Optional

Similar to link_template but can include ads tracking parameters.

Link to specific vehicle descriptions page (VDP). Make sure to include the {store_code} ValueTrack parameter.

Example: https://tracking.example.com?product=sports-car&store={store_code}&src=google&param=abc
Price [price]

Required

The selling price to be displayed on the ad.

Make sure this price matches the most prominent or final price on your VDP landing page and complies with local laws with respect to price information.

In the UK, the price must be inclusive of all taxes and non-optional charges actually paid by the consumer (in the local currency).

Number plus currency (use ISO 4217).

Example: 8000.00 USD

Vehicle price type [vehicle_price_type]

Required for new cars in Australia and Canada and used cars in Australia

Optional in some countries

Enum: All-in, Drive-away, etc.

Learn more about the applicability of the vehicle price type attribute.

Use the [vehicle_price_type] attribute to describe the type of price provided in the price attribute.

Supported values:

  • all_in_price
  • drive_away_price
  • estimated_drive_away_price
  • excluding_government_charges_price
Vehicle MSRP [vehicle_msrp]

Required for new cars in some countries

Optional for used cars

MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) for the vehicle in its current configuration.

If the MSRP isn't the same as the selling price (above), it should be displayed separately on your VDP landing page as well and labeled as MSRP.

Use the same formatting as the price attribute.
Vehicle all-in price [vehicle_all_in_price]

Required for new cars in some countries

Optional for used cars

The all-in advertised price includes costs for the following – any accessories attached to the vehicle, environmental levies, extra warranty, fuel, freight, pre-delivery inspection (PDI), dealer fees for handling licensing, provincial regulatory fees, miscellaneous dealer charges for security etching and nitrogen tire fill, and factory-to-customer or dealer-to-customer discounts or incentives.

This price must appear on the vehicle description page as well.

Note: The all-in advertised price doesn’t include sales tax, licensing (the cost of the plate and registration), any trade-in, or costs associated with vehicle financing.

Learn more about the applicability of the price attribute

Use the same formatting as the price attribute.
Condition [condition]

Required

The condition of the vehicle.

Note: For a vehicle to be considered "new", the maximum mileage must be 200 miles or 200 kilometers.

Supported values:

  • Used
  • New
Certified pre-owned [certified_pre-owned]

Optional

Car is OEM certified pre-owned.

Boolean (yes / no)
Brand [brand]

Required

The name of the company that manufactured the vehicle.

String
Model [model]

Required

Model of the car without trim specifics.

(e.g. submit “Model” and not “Model deluxe" or “Model standard”)

String
Trim [trim]

Optional

Trim of the model.

String (for example, S, SV, SL)
Year [year]

Required

Optional in some countries

Model year.

Integer (4 digit)
Mileage [mileage]

Required

Number of miles on the vehicle.

Make sure to include the Unit (km/miles).

Integer + Unit (km/miles)

Example: 43000 KM or 24533 Miles

Color [color]

Required

OEM specified exterior color, text.

String

Examples: White, Black, Red, Platinum, Metallic Tri-Coat

Notes:

  • You can submit up to 3 colors, separated by “ / “
  • If you describe the vehicle on your landing page using a unique color (e.g. "Eco green"), submit that value through the color attribute, then add a more standard color name (e.g. “Green”) to your title.
Vehicle option [vehicle_option]

Optional

(Required for free vehicle ads)

List of installed options, using comma separators.

(e.g. Leatherette Seats, Rear View Camera, Navigation System, Front Seat Heaters, A/C, Sunroof, Bluetooth)

String

The maximum number of values supported is 200. Each value may contain up to 256 characters.

This is a repeated field which can take multiple values.

Body style [body_style]

Optional

Enum: Sedan, SUV, Crossover, etc.

Supported values:

  • city_car
  • compact_suv
  • convertible
  • coupe
  • crossover
  • full_size_van
  • hatchback
  • minivan
  • sedan
  • station_wagon
  • suv
  • truck
  • ute
Engine [engine]

Optional

Required in some countries

Enum: Gasoline, Diesel, Electric, Hybrid

Supported values:

  • gasoline
  • petrol
  • diesel
  • electric
  • hybrid
  • plug-in_hybrid
  • other
Description [description]

Optional

Free text. Seller notes and options: free text field for additional information about the car, such as single owner and/or a Separated list of installed options e.g. Leatherette Seats, Rear View Camera, Navigation System, Front Seat Heaters, A/C Seat(s), Sunroof(s), Satellite Radio Ready, etc.

String
Custom label [custom_label_[0-4]]

Optional

Add up to 5 custom labels.

custom_label_0 through custom_label_4 allow you to create specific filters to use in your Ads campaigns. Use these filters for reporting and bidding on groups of products. The information you include in this attribute won’t be shown to users.

For example, you could label a group of products by make, model, or year.

Learn more about custom labels

String

Example:

  • custom_label_0: (vehicle make)
  • custom_label_1: (vehicle model)
  • custom_label_2: (vehicle year)
Included destination [included_destination]

Optional

If you want to have your product participate in additional destinations (beyond what you specified in your feed settings), use the included destination [included_destination] attribute.

Learn more about included destination

Supported values:

  • vehicle_ads
Excluded destination [excluded_destination]

Optional

If you want to prevent your product from appearing in certain destinations, use the excluded destination [excluded_destination] attribute.

Learn more about excluded destination

Supported values:

  • vehicle_ads
Date first registered [date_first_registered]

Required for used vehicles in some countries

Optional in other countries

String (YYYY-MM)

Example: 2020-07
Fuel consumption [fuel_consumption]

Required in some countries if the engine is gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid

The amount of fuel consumed in liters to travel 100 kilometers using the given vehicle.

Note: The values specified must be measured in the combined test cycle.

Number + unit

Example: 6.2 l/100km
CO2 emissions [co2_emissions]

Required in some countries if the engine is not electric

The CO2 emissions in g/km for the given vehicle.

Note: The values specified must be measured in the combined test cycle.

Number + unit

Example: 120 g/km
Energy consumption [energy_consumption]

Required in some countries if the engine is plug-in hybrid or electric.

Note: The values specified must be measured in the combined test cycle.

Number + unit

Example: 17.2 kWh/100km
Emissions standard [emissions_standard]

Emission standard associated with the CO2 emissions value for the vehicle.

Required in Italy

Supported values:
  • euro1
  • euro2
  • euro3
  • euro4
  • euro5
  • euro5b
  • euro6
  • euro6c
  • euro6d
  • euro6d-TEMP
Submitting the vehicle_fulfillment group attribute
Group attribute vehicle_fulfillment
Accepted values
  • in_store
  • ship_to_store
  • online
Sub-attributes
  • option
  • store_code

Text feeds

Format the group attribute name using vehicle_fulfillment, and then in parentheses, adding one of the supported fulfillment values followed by store_code (as needed). The store_code sub-attribute needs to be repeated for each store code value you want to submit, separated by a colon ( : ).

Example: In store fulfillment

If the store_code sub-attribute is repeated in the group attribute name, but only one store code value is submitted, the entry will still be accepted since there is only one colon in the value.

When a colon (:) doesn't indicate a separate sub-attribute value, the value should be surrounded by quotes (").

Name vehicle_fulfillment(option:store_code:store_code)
Values in_store:1111:2222
in_store:1111
in_store:1111:”2222:2”

Example: Online fulfillment

The store_code sub-attribute isn't required for online offers.

Name vehicle_fulfillment(option)
Value online

Example 3 : Hybrid offer

A hybrid offer combines both of the above examples as separate columns in the data

{other feed cols}

vehicle_fulfillment(option) vehicle_fulfillment
(option:store_code:store_code)
online in_store:1111:2222

Google Sheets

Format the group attribute name the same way as with text feeds. When a colon (:) isn't used to separate sub-attribute values, it should be submitted with a preceding backslash ( “ \ “ )

Name vehicle_fulfillment(option:store_code:store_code)
Values in_store:1111:2222
in_store:1111
in_store:1111:2222\:2

XML Feeds

Include the store_code sub-attribute as needed. To specify different fulfillment options, submit multiple vehicle_fulfillment attributes and include the store_code sub-attribute.

Example

<g:vehicle_fulfillment>
<g:option>online</g:option>
</g:vehicle_fulfillment>
<g:vehicle_fulfillment>
<g:option>in_store</g:option>
<g:store_code>1111</g:store_code>
<g:store_code>2222</g:store_code>
</g:vehicle_fulfillment>

Applicability of the price attributes

Country

Inventory type

Advertiser type

price vehicle_price_type

vehicle_msrp

vehicle_all_in_price

Australia Used All Required

Required

  • drive_away_price
  • excluding_government_charges_price
Optional Not Applicable*
New All Required Required
  • drive_away_price
  • estimated_drive_away_price
Required Not Applicable*
Canada Used All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Optional Optional
New All Required Required
  • all_in_price
Optional Required
France Both All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Optional Not Applicable*
Germany Both All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Optional Not Applicable*
United Kingdom Both All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Optional Not Applicable*
US Used All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Optional Not Applicable*
New All Required Optional

Not applicable. Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

Required Not Applicable*

Not Applicable* - Leave the attribute blank or don’t provide the attribute in the feed.

all_in_price

Applicable to: Canada

Required for all new car offers in Canada.

drive_away_price

Applicable to: Australia

The drive-away price includes stamp duty, luxury car tax (if applicable), compulsory third-party insurance, registration and dealer delivery.

  • This price type or estimated_drive_away_price (below) is required for new cars in Australia.
  • This price type or excluding_government_charges_price (below) is required for used cars in Australia.

estimated_drive_away_price

Applicable to: Australia

The estimated drive-away price, like the drive-away price described above, includes stamp duty, luxury car tax (if applicable), compulsory third-party insurance, registration and dealer delivery, but is indicative only. The actual drive-away price may differ based on regional or other factors.

  • This price type or drive_away_price (above) is required for new cars in Australia.

excluding_government_charges_price

Applicable to: Australia

The excluding government charges price excludes duties, fees, levies or charges payable by the consumer directly to a relevant third-party authority.

This price type or drive_away_price (above) is required for used cars in Australia.

Note:
  • Vehicle ads don’t have availability [availability] as an attribute. Therefore, don’t submit this attribute. Submitting it may lead to errors in the feed.
  • If you don’t submit a value for an optional attribute, Google interprets it as though that attribute hasn’t been submitted.

More frequent inventory updates

Inventory price and availability can change frequently. Increase the feed frequency to carry out more frequent updates of your inventory data. To submit product data through API, learn more about the Google Content API.

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