Autobytel, Join Forces

Autobytel and moved
to extend their reach into the online automobile shopping market Thursday
with a joint marketing program that will give each company access to the
other’s traffic.

Through the deal, — which already offers its users the
ability to “name-your-own-price” for a new car or truck — gains access to
Autobytel’s nationwide dealer network and vehicle inventory, allowing it to
give its users two more car buying options.

First, the deal will allow users to obtain a “low, no-haggle/no-hassle”
price quote for new and used vehicles from Autobytel’s dealer network. In
addition, users will be able to shop for used vehicles in Autobytel’s
consumer classifieds.

“By offering our respective site visitors access to each other’s buying
models, we can provide one of the most flexible, consumer-friendly
car-buying experiences on the Web,” said Andrew Donchak, Autobytel
executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Through Priceline Autos, already had its hand in new cars,
but the Autobytel deal opens a new revenue stream by letting it tap into
the used car market — a market that has been expanding online and turned
into a tidy revenue generator for eBay . Under the deal,
priceline gets a lead generation fee by referring customers to Autobytel.

Under the deal, Autobytel may send its customers to, but
details of that aspect of the deal have not yet been finalized, according
to an Autobytel spokesperson.

Priceline’s updated car-buying service is also giving users new options,
like the ability to research information about vehicles before they
purchase. Users can request the exact model, color and options they want
and then see the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), the dealer
invoice, and exclusive suggestions on what that car is likely
to sell for in different parts of the country. In addition, customers can
check out rebates and other incentives and review vehicle ratings and crash
test results from’s link to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In addition, now offers auto financing and insurance options.

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