NEW ORLEANS -- Auto industry information technology leaders vAuto and Carfax have announced plans to expand their existing partnership.  

Company officials said the new effort will greatly enhance a used-car dealer’s ability to access vehicle-history information. Carfax subscribing dealers who use vAuto will now have access to Carfax 1-Owner information to help them competitively value and market these much sought after vehicles. 

“Used-car shoppers more than ever are demanding value in this current market,” said Larry Gamache, communications director for Carfax. “Our partnership with vAuto allows used-car dealers to aggressively price their inventory at acquisition and turn higher profit vehicles in a considerably shorter time.” 

The joint program was announced at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center (Jan. 24-27). 

Carfax information will be made available to subscribing dealers through vAuto’s inventory-management programs. The enhanced features will be automatically updated through this agreement to ease dealer usability. 

“With this expanded relationship, vAuto once again advances its state-of-the-art approach to how vehicles are priced for fast turn and high gross,” said Keith Jezek, vAuto’s president and CEO. “It is not enough to just compare vehicles based on their physical characteristics such as year, make, model, trim and specific equipment level. Dealers that have vehicles which have clean titles and/or are Carfax 1-Owner vehicles must be able to price these against other vehicles with comparable attributes.” 

 “A previous study released in December between vAuto and Carfax showed  dealers consistently price Carfax 1-Owner cars an average of $1,000 more than cars without the Carfax 1-Owner designation,” noted Jezek. “Used car buyers clearly prefer vehicles that have had only one previous owner.”   

About vAuto (www.vauto.com)
Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., vAuto maintains a research and development center in Austin, Texas. The company provides the auto industry’s only “live, real time” analysis of used-car markets with up-to-the-minute information about used-vehicle supply, demand and pricing tailored to specific dealership market areas. 

All six of the nation’s highest-volume franchised dealerships by brand, including Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Lincoln-Mercury and Toyota, use stocking, pricing and appraisal strategies supported by vAuto software solutions. Virtually every imported and domestic vehicle brand is represented on the company’s customer list, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as all Chrysler and General Motors brands.

About Carfax (www.carfax.com)
Millions of used car buyers and sellers each year rely on Carfax, the most trusted provider of vehicle history information. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents, Carfax instantly generates a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck. Carfax Vehicle History Reports™ provide valuable information that helps used car buyers and sellers make better decisions. Free Carfax Vehicle History Reports are instantly available with vehicles listed in nearly every online marketplace by Carfax-subscribing dealers. For more information or to become a Carfax-subscribing dealer, visit www.carfaxonline.com.