Autobytel Inc. Honored by California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for Community Spirit, Ongoing Support of Working Wardrobes

  Autobytel Inc. Honored by California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for
  Community Spirit, Ongoing Support of Working Wardrobes

Company’s third-year sponsorship of local OC charity provides people with the
       skills and confidence to find jobs and succeed in the workplace.

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- March 7, 2013

Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping automotive
consumers and dealers connect online, has been honored by California
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for its ongoing support of Southern California
non-profit, Working Wardrobes, and the company’s commitment to Orange County
residents in need.

This marks Autobytel’s third consecutive year as a Title Sponsor of Working
Wardrobes, a charity that empowers men, women, veterans and young adults who
are overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce by
providing professional wardrobe and grooming services, career-readiness and
image workshops, and comprehensive career development services to increase
confidence and success in the workplace.

Members of Autobytel^®, including CEO Jeffrey Coats, were on-hand this weekend
at Working Wardrobes’ annual prom event. The special event provides 150
at-risk high school seniors with the opportunity to attend important life
development workshops and the chance to find their perfect tuxedo or dress,
complete with matching shoes and accessories, all donated by community members
and generous area merchants.

“Working Wardrobes does more than enhance a person’s image,” said Coats. “It
provides career training and job placement services for tens of thousands of
local residents overcoming hardships such as substance abuse, homelessness and
catastrophic illness. It’s incredibly meaningful to support an organization
that gives people the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.”

Congresswoman Sanchez, guest speaker and presenter of the Autobytel award,
told attendees of the hardships she faced as a shy and quiet young girl,
growing up the daughter of immigrant parents in Southern California before
becoming a successful member of Congress, a recognized authority on national
security issues, and a leading voice for women in the military.

Working Wardrobes is just one of a number of charities Autobytel assists as
part of its Good Works Council, an in-house committee formed in 2010 to
encourage employees and members of the community to give back to those in
need, to identify and help charitable organizations through sponsorships,
donations and volunteers.

"We rely heavily on corporate sponsorships and volunteers to provide local
residents with a variety of career-related programs,” said Jerri Rosen, CEO
and Founder of Working Wardrobes. “Autobytel is an instrumental part of our
efforts and we’re thankful for their continued support. We couldn’t do it
without them.”

High school attendees of this weekend’s event—those who demonstrate excellent
school leadership and who are faced with personal and/or economic
challenges—were selected as Simon Scholars by the Simon Family Foundation, and
invited by counselors within the Garden Grove District and the Los Angeles
nonprofit organization, Dream Girls & Distinguished Gentlemen.

"As the mother of a teenage daughter, I know just how special prom night is,”
said Rose Mayer, Product Manager, Dealer Operations, Autobytel Inc. and member
of the Good Works Council. “I also know how something as small as a new look
can change an entire outlook. I’m proud to work for a company that cares
enough to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Visit www.workingwardrobes.org to learn more about the charity and how you can
become a sponsor or volunteer. Visit www.autobytel.com to learn about the
company’s leading automotive information, products and services.

About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes empowers men, women, veterans and young adults who are
overcoming life's difficult challenges to enter the workforce with confidence
and dignity. The Costa Mesa, California-based non-profit provides professional
wardrobe and grooming services, career-readiness and image workshops, and
comprehensive Career Development Services to increase its clients' confidence
and success in the workplace. Since 1990, Working Wardrobes has grown to serve
nearly 55,000 men, women, young adults and veterans who are overcoming alcohol
and substance abuse, prison re-entry, homelessness, catastrophic illness and
traumatic financial losses. It serves CalWorks recipients, clients of social
service agencies, and individuals in 60 shelters or programs in Orange County,
Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and the Inland Empire. The Working
Wardrobes' social enterprise model serves as an example of sustainability to
other organizations nationwide.

About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc., an online leader offering consumer purchase requests, or
leads, and marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing
consumers with the information they need to purchase new and used cars,
pioneered the automotive Internet when it launched its flagship website,
www.autobytel.com, in 1995. Autobytel continues to offer innovative products
and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell,
more used and new cars. Autobytel has helped tens of millions of automotive
consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with
motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand
online. Through its flagship website, network of automotive sites and
respected online affiliates, Autobytel continues its dedication to innovating
the industry's highest quality Internet programs to provide consumers with a
comprehensive and positive automotive research and purchasing experience, and
auto dealers, dealer groups and auto manufacturers with some of the industry's
most productive and cost-effective customer referral and marketing programs.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and
invitations to special events by accessing the online registration form at
investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm.

Contact:

Autobytel Inc. Media Relations
Splash Media
Jennifer Lange
(949) 916-4820
jlange@getsplashmedia.com
or
Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations
Curt DeWalt
Chief Financial Officer
949-437-4694
curtisd@autobytel.com
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
310-279-5980
investor@pondel.com
 
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