The File Extensions Database

.CAR File Extension

  • Category: Data Files

What is an .CAR file?

.CAR is Car Explorer Data File

Data file used by Car Explorer, a program designed for viewing information about different car models; saved in the eXtensible Car Description (XCD) format, a standardized specification for storing automobile data; includes information such as make and model, year, price, physical dimensions, and related images.

By design, CAR files store information about all models for one make (or company) from a single year. Car files are often distributed as collections, or an archive that contains multiple CAR files in a compressed format.

NOTE: The Car Explorer application is no longer available.

File Type 2 Brew Component Application Resource File
Developer by: Qualcomm Category: Developer Files Format: Text and Binary

Component Application Resource (CAR) file used by applications developed with for the Brew Mobile Platform (MP); describes assets available to an executing application; compiled into a binary .BAR file that is loaded when an application is run.

Application resources in the older BREW 3.x and 4.x development programs use the .BRX extension. However, BRX files have been deprecated with the release of Brew MP. You can convert BRX files to CAR files using the Brew MP SDK.

NOTE: The Brew MP SDK is actually a suite of programs and plug-ins. For example, the SDK includes Brew MP development plug-ins for Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Flash, and Eclipse.

Programs that open Brew Component Application Resource File
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
File Type 3 Gary Gadget Car File
Developer by: Viva Media Category: Game Files Format: Text

File created by Gary Gadget: Building Cars, a children's game that allows users to design, build, and drive cars; contains car part numbers for the user-built saved car; includes any medals won with the car.

NOTE: CAR files are located in the Autos folder of the game's directory. Unfortunately, the Viva Media Gary Gadget: Building Cars program is no longer available for download.

File Type 4 CAR Archive
Category: Compressed Files

Compressed archive created by CAR file compression software

How to solve problems with CAR files

  • Associate the CAR file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CAR file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CAR files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CAR file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CAR is Car Explorer Data File. Because only the current version supports the latest CAR file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CAR is Car Explorer Data File update.
  • To make sure that your CAR file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.