SQL - Update part of a field

I have a field which I need to updated but it has a pipe so not the entire field can be updated.

Example (using dummy data)
Camaro | Corvette
Camaro | Corvette
Camaro | Corvette
Camaro | Corvette

I need to update Camaro with Acura using a SQL statement.

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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Without knowing any other requirements, use the REPLACE function to replace fragments of character values..
UPDATE YourTable
SET ColumnName = REPLACE(YourColumnName, 'Camaro', 'Acura') 

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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
You can just use the replace:

Update <tbl>
set <field> = replace (<field>, 'Camaro', 'Acura')
-- where ?
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Here's how to insure that you only update the description to the left of a pipe, if a pipe exists:

UPDATE dbo.table_name
SET column_name = REPLACE(LEFT(column_name, CHARINDEX('|', column_name + '|')), 'Camaro', 'Acura') +
    SUBSTRING(column_name, CHARINDEX('|', column_name + '|') + 1, 8000)WHERE description LIKE '%Camaro%'
CipherISAuthor Commented:
Thank You, works great.
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