March 22, 2000 — Below is a chart listing the three major players in all-in-one auto buying Web sites. Auto shoppers can research prices at each site without giving out a lot of personal information. Availability of specific models varies from site to site.

Company




CarsDirect.com







AutobytelDirect







Driveoff.com



Information needed to get to prices
Auto make and model, state you reside in, your choice from available styles.
Auto make, ZIP code, model, your choice from available models.
Choosing year of auto, make and style pulls a list of available models and prices. Choosing a model pulls up MSRP and dealer invoice information. Binding prices and payment quotes available through more detailed selection process.
Pricing
Lists CarsDirect.com price, Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and dealer invoice, which is the amount that a dealer is invoiced by the manufacturer for a vehicle, and any options, plus monthly payment estimates for loans and leases.
Lists AutobytelDirect price.
Lists Driveoff.com price, MSRP and dealer invoice. Binding prices and payment quotes also available.
Home delivery?
Only in California, Florida and New York.
Yes. Will deliver cars within 50-mile radius of contributing dealer’s location at no charge.
No
Cost of order
Refundable credit card deposit of $250.
Refundable credit card deposit of $129.
Refundable credit card deposit of $250.

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