Cars.com Positions to Take on Service and Repair with Strategic Investment in RepairPal

Cars.com Positions to Take on Service and Repair with Strategic Investment in
                                  RepairPal

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cars.com, the leading online automotive
marketplace, today announced a strategic investment in RepairPal, the leading
online source for auto repair. The investment positions Cars.com to further
develop the service category with solutions for consumers seeking help and
advice when it comes to maintaining their vehicles, and for dealerships
looking to boost their service business.

"Cars.com has always been a trusted and credible source of information in the
shopping process. Consumers rely on us at all stages of buying for research,
advice and reviews to guide their vehicle and dealership selection," said
Cars.com president, Mitch Golub. "But when it comes to maintaining a vehicle,
there is a lot of confusion among consumers. We see an opportunity to
transform the repair category and provide vehicle owners the same credible
advice they have come to depend on us for when it comes time to service or
repair their car."

"More than 86 percent of cars on the road today are past warranty. At a time
when vehicle owners are holding onto their cars longer than ever, it's
critical that they have access to high quality independent information about
repairs, maintenance advice and associated costs," said RepairPal CEO, Art
Shaw. "We are excited to deepen our relationship with Cars.com and work
together to bring their audience new solutions for managing vehicle
ownership."

Cars.com also intends to develop new offerings to help its local dealer
partners reach vehicle owners in need of service and repair and to more
effectively compete for their business. "We already see a high level of
interest in service and repair from our visitors. In fact, more than a quarter
of dealership reviews on our site are about a service and repair experience,"
said Golub. "By providing our large audience access to even more credible
information about service and repair providers, we can help drive additional
value to our advertisers' business, driving results for their fixed
operations, in addition to new and used car sales," Golub added.

Cars.com's investment in RepairPal builds on the site's co-branded content
partnership that launched in 2009. Since that time, RepairPal has been a
featured content partner on Cars.com, giving shoppers access to auto repair
and maintenance estimates, advice for common problems from expert technicians,
a comprehensive auto shop directory and helpful auto ownership content, such
as "How To's" and helpful hints, problems to be aware of, recalls, and an
in-depth encyclopedia of automotive terms.

About RepairPal.com

RepairPal is the definitive source for trusted auto repair. RepairPal provides
fair price estimates, expert advice from certified mechanics and the most
comprehensive, verified auto shop directory online and via mobile app. Only
shops that meet extremely stringent standards for quality, price and customer
satisfaction are certified as RepairPal Top Shops providing added confidence
as consumers maintain and fix their vehicles. By facilitating transparency and
empowering consumers with the information they need to get quality service and
save money, RepairPal is transforming the auto repair industry. RepairPal is
located in San Francisco, California with Top Shop locations in more than 33
states. Find more at www.repairpal.com.

About Cars.com:

Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers
information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on
what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers
thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side
comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many
other tools. Cars.com put millions of car buyers in control of their shopping
process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC,
which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC),
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune
Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

SOURCE Cars.com

Website: http://www.cars.com
Contact: Erin Mays, emays@cars.com, 312.601.5547
 
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