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Autobytel Offers Car Shoppers First Cost-Free, Ready-to-Print Vehicle Buying Guides

April 21, 2003

Autobytel Inc., the Internet new car buying service and automotive research center, has introduced the first cost-free, ready-to-print vehicle information summaries of each new make and model on the market. Autobytel says shoppers can now quickly download and print a data-rich Personal Vehicle Report on the make(s) and model(s) they're researching -- without having to pay a fee, and without having to interrupt their research process. In addition to key model information, photos, comparisons and reviews, the reports feature detailed reliability ratings based on the real-world experience of tens of thousands of car owners. The reports are available on all three Autobytel car-buying and automotive research sites -- Autobytel.com, Autoweb.com and CarSmart.com."Our Personal Vehicle Reports provide online shoppers with a very complete overview of the car or truck they're interested in -- something they can show their spouse, take to the dealership, add to a file, you name it," said Autobytel Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Donchak. "Autobytel has once again taken the auto information lead, this time by empowering consumers with a cost-free, `to go' version of industry-leading vehicle information."According to the company, the reports are seamlessly integrated into the car shopper's online research process. While researching a specific car or truck, Autobytel consumers can simply request a Personal Vehicle Report for that make and model with a single mouse click. The report is then delivered to the shopper's email inbox, in a pre-formatted, ready-to-print document that includes digital photos, key features, pricing (MSRP, invoice and Estimated Market Price), specification and performance data, available options and trims (including photos), and side-by-side comparisons versus competitive models. Consumers can download as many different reports as they need, no matter how many vehicles they're considering.The company says the reports also feature a range of consumer ratings and reviews, including vehicle Reliability and Satisfaction Ratings collected from Autobytel visitors and past customers who own the make and model being researched. The reports feature the average owner rating of the car or truck (on a scale of 0-100) in terms of overall vehicle reliability, as well as specific vehicle qualities like performance, safety features, interior comfort, fit and finish, and ergonomics. The reports also reveal the percentages of owners reporting problems with specific parts/features -- e.g., brakes, suspension, transmission, cooling, electrical, engine, paint, etc. Added Donchak: "We're pleased that our Reliability and Satisfaction Ratings can help consumers move beyond standard industry reviews and reports, and find out how cars rate with the real experts -- the people who drive them every day."In addition to the new Personal Vehicle Reports, visitors to the Autobytel sites can also download the recently released 2003 Vehicle Guide, which provides comprehensive overviews of every new and significantly redesigned model in the market, as well as a Used Car Buying Guide that offers expert used car shopping tips and strategies.To download personal vehicle reports or to access the 2003 vehicle guide or used car buying guide, visit: www.autobytel.com/content/Research/ReportLibrary.About Autobytel Inc.Autobytel Inc., an Internet automotive marketing services company, helps retailers sell cars and manufacturers build brands through marketing, advertising and CRM (customer relationship management) programs. The company owns and operates the automotive websites Autobytel.com, Autoweb.com, Carsmart.com and popular automotive research center, AutoSite.com, as well as AIC (Automotive Information Center), a provider of automotive marketing data and technology.
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