DealerSites to Offer Multi-National Website Management, Development, and Hosting

Autobytel.com (Nasdaq: ABTL), the global leader in automotive e-commerce, announced today that it will export the company's branded website technology and content to automotive dealerships worldwide. Through its web management and development division, DealerSites(TM), Autobytel.com will first offer customized websites to dealers in the UK and Canada, and then Europe. DealerSites currently hosts customizable websites for over 1,000 dealer franchises.

"An Internet site is a dealership's showroom window on the web," said Glen A. Caffey, Vice President and General Manager of Autobytel.com's DealerSites division. "We believe that every dealer should have a customizable and cost-effective 'web window' that reflects the dealership's unique personality. Cookie-cutter websites and four colored Internet classified ads do not help dealers reach the Internet consumer."

Backed by Autobytel.com's award-winning Advanced Technology Department, DealerSites has the ability to offer dealerships the opportunity to showcase their stores through Internet technologies that are not available from any other large scale automotive web provider. "Autobytel.com has continued to lead by combining its technology expertise with its deep understanding of the dealership business. We believe that this is why we have been recognized as number one in dealer satisfaction for three years in a row and why DealerSites has proven to be so successful," said Caffey. "DealerSites' dealers know what is the most effective way to reach their consumers, our job is to provide them with the tools. We put our expertise to work to truly put dealers in control of their websites."

Autobytel.com's DealerSites web solutions allow dealers to incorporate individual colors, graphics and style and to modify web pages. Using proprietary DealerSites' technology, dealers can automatically list, price and modify their new and used vehicle inventory, including digital pictures; list their entire parts inventory; advertise seasonal specials and promotions; schedule service appointments; and book car rental reservations. In addition, DealerSites provides dealerships with the ability to easily design online sales, service and parts coupons with simple point and click processes.

Dealers who participate in the DealerSites' web management program will also be able to offer customers a full library of new car model information, including vehicle specifications, pictures and reviews. One of the unique DealerSites features is an extensive online service department where customers can request quotes for repair work and schedule service appointments at the dealership.

About autobytel.com inc.

Internationally-branded Autobytel.com is the acknowledged leader in online automotive commerce. The most comprehensive automotive Internet site, Autobytel.com offers consumers a positive purchasing and ownership experience, while providing its Accredited Dealer Network with the most efficient way to reach online car buyers. As it assists consumers through every aspect of the automotive lifecycle, Autobytel.com provides continuity into the next vehicle purchase. Launched in March 1995, Autobytel.com's low-cost, no-haggle car-buying program is available in the U.S., Canada (www.autobytel.ca), the United Kingdom (www.autobytel.co.uk), Sweden (http://www.autobytel.se) and Japan (www.autobytel-japan.com). In 2000, Autobytel.com was ranked #1 in Dealer Satisfaction with Online Buying Services for the third year in a row(1).

  • J.D. Power and Associates 1998 - 2000 Dealer Satisfaction With Online Buying Services Studies(SM). 2000 study conducted among dealership Internet specialists who completed 2,144 evaluations of individual services. www.jdpower.com.