Chris Baughman, General Manager and Co-owner of Sunset Honda, Named the Autobytel February 2014 Dealer of the Month

Chris Baughman, General Manager and Co-owner of Sunset Honda, Named the
Autobytel February 2014 Dealer of the Month

  Autobytel Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional dealers for outstanding
           Internet lead management and customer service standards.

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IRVINE, Calif., April 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc.
(Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to
connecting automotive consumers with dealers, has named Chris Baughman,
General Manager and Co-owner of Sunset Honda in San Luis Obispo, California,
the Autobytel Dealer of the Month for February 2014.

The company's Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional #ABTLDealerStars who
employ the highest standards in customer service and Internet automotive
retail sales and lead management processes. The Autobytel 2014 Dealer of the
Year Award is slated to be announced in January 2015 at the NADA Convention &
Expo in San Francisco – when Autobytel officially celebrates its 20^th
Anniversary – with the crowning dealer chosen from this year's pool of monthly

Chris joins Frank Carrasquillo, General Sales Manager of Mercedes-Benz of
Naples, Florida– who was named the Autobytel Dealer of the Month for January
2014 – in that pool of winners.

"Chris and his team strive to give every customer the highest level of
service, which is why they have been so successful in their market," said Jeff
Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel Inc. "Sunset Honda has been an Autobytel
dealer for nearly 15 years and this longstanding history has enabled it to
fully optimize its Internet business.What's more, Chris and his team are
process-driven and deeply involved with the local community.Bottom line, the
dealership is a standout."

Each month, Autobytel's sales and dealer operations teams evaluate prospective
candidates from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers in
the Autobytel network, with a monthly winner selected based on key online
automotive best practices.The company launched its Dealer Awards Program at
the beginning of 2013, honoring monthly winners throughout the year and in
markets throughout the U.S.

Criteria evaluated for the Autobytel Dealer Awards Program include conversion
rates, lead management processes, customer service principles, customer and
brand retention analytics and Internet department practices, among others.

"The key to our success is really just having a good process," said
Baughman."We understand that an Internet customer is no different than a
customer who walks into the dealership or calls the showroom directly.When a
dealer provides a very high level of service to all customers, they really
appreciate it.We've been with Autobytel for 15 years, and have never received
this recognition from them, so it's really exciting to be named an Autobytel
Dealer of the Month."

A family owned store opened in 1979, Sunset Honda is a single point Honda
dealership in San Luis Obispo, California, home to California Polytechnic
State University (Cal Poly). It also operates an Acura store in Ventura,
California. Its customers consist of many Cal Poly faculty members and alumni,
as well as residents from California's Central Coast, and customers from as
far north as San Francisco and as far south as Los Angeles.

Named Top Rated New Car Leads in 2013 by DrivingSales; a finalist of the 2013
DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award; both a Power 250 Company and a Major
Player in the Used Car Industry by Auto Remarketing Magazine; and # 1 Dealers'
Choice Awards in 2012 by Auto Dealer Monthly, Autobytel consistently ranks as
a top quality Internet lead provider, with the company's internally-generated
leads converting at approximately three times the rate of the estimated
industry average.

For more information about the Autobytel Dealer Awards program, visit the
"Dealer Corner" at learn more about the
February 2014 Autobytel Dealer of the Month, Chris Baughman, visit

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About Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing
services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States
and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help
them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive
internet in 1995 with its flagship website and has since
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.

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